In addition to debuting new iPad models at today’s special media event at the company’s campus in Cupertino, Apple also announced updates to the and the Mac mini. For the first time ever, the iMac is available with a super high-resolution Retina 5K display, while the Mac mini is now faster and more affordable.
iMac with Retina Display
Featuring a resolution of 5120 x 2880 and 14.7 million pixels, the new 27-inch iMac has seven times more pixels than a 1080p TV, and 67 percent more pixels than a 4K display. Apple has designed a new timing controller which offers four times the bandwidth to drive all those pixels. In addition, new organic passivation technology provides better image quality, while also cutting power consumption by 30 percent. Color and contrast reproduction should be pretty good too. Apple says a new photo alignment process and compensation film delivers blacker blacks and more vibrant colors from any viewing angle.
Moving on to the other specifications, the new iMac is powered by a 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, and for those users who need even more performance a 4 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor is available as a configurable option. The GPU is a 2GB AMD Radeon R9 M290X, and a 4GB AMD Radeon R9 M295X GPU is available as a configurable option.
It comes with 8GB of RAM as standard (32GB is the max) and a 1TB Fusion Drive. Users with greater storage requirements can add a 3TB Fusion Drive, and if speed is the main concern then 1TB of flash storage is also available as a build-to-order configuration.
The new Mac mini is available in three standard models. The entry level machine has a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics 5000 and a 500GB hard drive. The next model up comes with a 2.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, Intel Iris Graphics and a 1TB hard drive. The top of the range Mac mini has a 2.8 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, Intel Iris Graphics and a 1TB Fusion Drive.
Build-to-order options include a 3.0 GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, and up to a 1TB flash drive.
Pricing and Availability
The new iMac Retina starts at $2499, and is available to order today. Apple will continue to sell both the non-Retina 27 and 21-inch iMacs alongside the new model.
With regards to the new Mac mini, it starts at $499 for the entry level model – which is $100 cheaper than the previous generation, and is also available to order today.
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