Apple Refreshes iMac Range With 4K and 5K Retina Displays

Alongside a new suite of accessories, Apple today took the wraps off its iMac refresh, unveiling 21.5″ and 27″ models with greater storage and enhanced ultra high-definition displays.

A brand new 21.5-inch 4K Retina iMac and 27-inch 5K Retina model top the new range with a new, wider color gamut, able to deliver 25% more colour. Meanwhile, the iMac’s Fusion Drive can now be configured with up to 3 TB of storage alongside an all-flash option that’s up to 2.5 times faster than its predecessor. The 27″ iMac ships with a sixth-generation Intel Core processor (fifth generation on the 21.5″ model), with the usual Intel Core i5 and i7 options available.


The 21.5-inch 4K iMac starts at $1,499 and offers 4096 x 2304 resolution. The base model ships with a 3.1 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz) and 8 GB RAM, configurable to a 3.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.8 GHz) and 16 GB RAM. Lower priced, high-definition (1920 x 1080p) models are retained in the range. A standard 1 TB SATA hard drive is included in the base model (which from experience, you’ll want to avoid) with faster, Fusion Drive models available up to 2 TB. A 512 GB SSD alternative is also available.

Meanwhile, the$1,799 27″5K iMac offers 5120 x 2880 resolution, with an entry-level 3.2 GHz quad‑core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz) with 8 GB RAM, rising to a 4.0 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 4.2 GHz) and 32 GB RAM. A slightly faster 1 TB 7200 rpm hard drive is equipped as standard, rising to a 3 TB Fusion Drive or 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB of flash storage (SSD).


iMacs include two Thunderbolt 2 ports, with support for storage alongside Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, VGA, and dual-link DVI via an optional adapter). Other connectivity includes four USB 3 ports, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a SDXC card slot, Gigabit Ethernet and a Kensington lock slot.

The new iMac range is shipping now and is available from Apple stores, and authorised retailers.


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