Apple refreshes iMac lineup, boosts resolutions

October 14, 2015 // 12:26 p.m.

Tags: #4k #5k #apple #apple-mac #broadwell #imac #mac #macintosh #skylake #ultra-hd

Apple has officially announced a refresh for its all-in-one iMac family of PCs, boasting a lower entry cost and standardising on a 5K resolution for its 27" models.

Unveiled by the Cupertino-based company late last night, the product line refresh sees the launch of a higher-resolution 21.5" iMac packing a 4,096x2,304 panel, a quad-core 3.1GHz Intel Core i5 processor - from the last-generation Broadwell range, oddly - and a 1TB spinning-rust hard drive. Those opting for cheaper models can expect to find the traditional 1,920x1,080 Full HD panels still in use.

Bigger news comes at the higher end: all 27" iMacs now feature a 5,120x2,880 display, a resolution claimed to be perfect for content creators working in 4K as it leaves room for toolbars while displaying the content itself in full 1:1 resolution. The top-end model features a 3.3GHz quad-core Skylake Core i5, 8GB of RAM, an AMD Radeon R9 M395 graphics processor with 2GB of memory, and a 2TB hybrid drive featuring an integrated 128GB SSD cache. Oddly, this has been downgraded in the company's other models: the previous 128GB-cache hybrid drives, known as Fusion Drives, now have a mere 24GB of SSD storage on-board, with the 128GB capacities reserved for the 2TB and 3TB hybrid models.

Aside from the display and internals, there's no major change to the design - including no shift to the USB Type-C port seen on some of Apple's laptop devices. The company has, however, announced new accessories, launching a larger Magic Trackpad 2 with Force Touch technology and a new keyboard, both featuring integrated rechargeable batteries rather than the AA slots of their predecessors.

More information on the new models is available from the Apple Store.
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