Apple has announced all new iPads and Macs at their event today. One of the biggest and more surprising announcement today was the iMac with 5k Retina Display. This marks the first Retina iMac to ever be released. There’s a lot to cover, so I’m just going to jump right in.
First, Apple’s new Retina iMac has a crazy resolution of 5120 x 2880 in a 27” display, that’s 14.7 million pixels. That’s the highest resolution display in the world. On top of that, it’s the fastest iMac ever made. The new iMac with 5k Retina Display is packing a quad-core 3.5GHz Intel i5 processor that turbos up to 3.9GHz, and an AMD Radeon R9 M290X standard. To drive this amount of pixels, Apple had to design a timing controller with four times the bandwidth. Also, the new iMac with Retina Display uses an oxide TFT-based panel that uses a new photo alignment process and a compensation film to deliver rich blacks and colors. However, Apple takes things a step further and calibrates each display using three state-of-the-art spectroradiometers to make sure they are as precise and accurate as possible.
Apple doesn’t stop there with their Mac announcements however. As Apple said, it’s been far too long and surprise, surprise, a wild Mac Mini appeared! Apple finally has unveiled an updated Mac Mini after two years. The updated Mac Mini now features Intel Iris and HD 5000 graphics, along with new dual-core i5 and i7 options. On the connectivity end of things, 802.11 AC WiFi has finally been added along with Thunderbolt 2. Apple claims the Mac Mini is still the most energy efficient desktop in the world.
To top off the Mac announcements, Apple said they are launching OS X Yosemite today, and all new Macs will ship with it preinstalled.
Now onto the iOS end of things with this event. Apple announced the new iPad Air 2, and iPad Mini 3. The iPad Air 2 brings many improvements, while the iPad Mini 3 brings Touch ID.
The iPad Air 2 brings impressive performance boosts along with the inclusion of Touch ID. The iPad Air 2 packs the second generation A8X processor that is 40 percent faster then then the previous iPad Air, and 2.5 times faster on the graphics front. A better camera has also been added to the new iPad Air 2 along with faster WiFi 802.11 AC and LTE with speeds up to 150 Mbps. Also, Apple added a Gold color option.
The iPad Mini 3 on the other hand didn’t get much in the way of improvements, just Touch ID and a Gold color option.
Topping off the iOS announcement, Apple said they will be launching iOS 8.1 on Monday with Apple Pay and Continuity among other features.
The new iMac with 5k Retina Display is shipping today along with the updated Mac Mini. The new iMac will set you back $2499 for a stock configuration. While the Mac Mini is $499. a hundred bucks cheaper then the previous model.
The iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 will be available for order tomorrow, and will be available later next week starting at $499 and $399 respectively.
Overall, this was a great event Apple hosted, and without the stream hiccuping!
Source: Apple Inc.