At the October 16th Mac and IPad even, Apple unveiled the new Retina 5K iMac with the world’s highest resolution display, and some of the fastest hardware ever to be found in their ever-popular PC.
The display is a whopping 16 megapixels – at 5120 by 2880, it has almost twice as many pixels as the 4K standard. This makes it ideal for 4K cinematography – a 4K video will fit on the display pixel for pixel, and you will still have space for all of your editing tools. Unlike the standard iMacs, the new retina 5K iMac comes with graphics by AMD instead of NVIDIA. By default it comes with AMD Radeon R9 M290X and 2GB of video RAM but this is upgradable to AMD Radeon R9 M295X with 4GB of VRAM, making it an excellent machine for 4K video editing and even next generation gaming.
It does however stick with Intel for the processors – as standard it comes with a quad-core i5, but is configurable up to a 4Ghz quad-core intel i7 processor. Memory options include two times 4GB of RAM but has accessible RAM slots configurable up to 32GB. Storage is either a 1TB or 3TB fusion drive; or 256GB, 512GB or 1TB of flash storage (SSD).
The 5K iMac still isn’t quite on par with the Mac Pro, which is kind of odd considering it’s aimed at pros. The new iMac starts out at $2499 USD or £1999, which is a fantastic price for the display that’s of such a high calibre. We’ll have to see if Apple will update their 27 inch Thunderbolt display to a 5K version, which would people with the Mac Pro to harness the power ofthat awesome machine. Apple may then be able to stop recommending other brands of monitor for use with their Pro series of desktops.
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