iMac Retina 5k display

Thirty years after the first Mac was unveiled, Apple has announced its highly anticipated 27″ iMac with Retina Display. The desktop’s display, which comes in at 5120×2880 native resolution, features a stunning 14.7 Million pixels, and is available starting today at $2,499.

To put these numbers in perspective, the display has 7 times more pixels than standard 1080p Full HD. That’s four times the pixels of the old 27″ iMac’s display, and 67% more pixels than a 4K display. In fact, it allows for full 4K video editing with room to spare.

iMac retina display

With such a high resolution, you’d like the power usage would be driven up to be significantly higher than the previous 27″ iMac. Not so, Apple has made it so that the display is actually 30% more power efficient than before. The power savings is partly due to Apple’s use of highly efficient LEDs.

One thing that potential buyers should consider are the way that these Retina Displays work. While technically capable of running full resolution at 5120×2880, the real benefit of such a display is seen when it runs in pixel-doubled mode at 2560×1440. While this means that you don’t benefit from the added real-estate that such a display might bring to the table, it means that text and other on screen assets are razor sharp, which is something Retina Displays are renowned for.

Of course, the iMac is more than a display. It features the following standard hardware:

  • 3.5GHz Intel i5 (upgradable up to 4GHz i7)
  • AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics (configurable with AMD Radeon R9 M295X graphics)
  • Thunderbolt 2
  • 1TB fusion drive (up to 3TB)
  • 8GB RAM (up to 32GB)

All of this costs $2,499 at the low end of the spectrum. Build to order options will, of course, raise the price substantially.

iMac line up

What do you think about the new iMac? Is it compelling enough to get you to bite?

If the 5K is too pricey to you, you can opt for a 21.5-inch iMac, or a standard 27-inch iMac for $1,099 and $1,799 respectively.

  • Utrarunner5

    There you go Sebastian.

  • Merman123

    Shit, forget the iPad. I want this.

  • David Gitman

    Its time to sell my house to buy this

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    • bigkev943

      i love it lol great comment there… i will do the same except selling all of my old MacBooks and other crap to gather up some funds towards this.

  • Chocolatewe

    Jeff, well done for getting this post out so quick, you better take the day off tomorrow 😉

  • Ваше Онтатиле Масвибилили

    ohh yeah

  • JoJo

    shiiiit… I need more money.

  • And it cost less than the MBP…

  • lemonhead

    so that’s the big thing? :-/

    i’m kinda disappointed, but whatever – apple follows it’s path just like it always has…

  • This was somewhat the best highlight of the keynote. Everything else was blah.

  • Robert Smith

    I love how he said an average 4K TV cost $3000 when you can buy them for around $1500!!! …lol

    • Joonyaboy

      Do you know what “average” means?

    • Slifur

      And that $1500 is the cheapest right? And imac is not just a monitor, its all in one!!

  • Cristian Bustillo

    Goddamn I would need to sell my soul to the devil to buy the 5K iMac……

  • Next gen of desktop all in ones. Wonder how many PPI it is…

    • Cameron Nelms

      I think it’s 218 PPI

  • stoopisdoop

    pretty cheap actually

  • Andrew Roth

    Great. Now if only it actually made a difference. The human eye can only see so many pixels… overkill, in my opinion.

  • Eli Montoya

    Idb team probably planning to get 12 of those

  • Umut Bilgiç

    It is not that expensive guys. Good 4k tv’s / 5k monitors cost that much.

  • Matheus Lisboa

    And in Brazil that came as 7500 us dollars… Damn taxes… I’ll stick to the mac mini, which by the way is 1300 us dollars