Apple Updates iMac Lineup with Beefed Up Processors, Better Displays
A new lineup of iMac desktops and peripherals will feature enhanced Retina displays and bring the company’s Force Touch functionality to users. Apple announced today that the updated iMacs will also feature beefed up processors and graphics cards, along with new storage options.
The new accessories, meanwhile, are all part of Apple’s wireless Magic line, including the Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2. The company is hyping the redesigned forms of the devices as more comfortable for users. However, the disposable batteries in the Magic devices have been replaced with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which might irk users who are not impressed with Apple’s battery technology.
Bigger and Smaller
The Magic Trackpad 2 comes equipped with Force Touch technology, the variable-pressure interface system Apple first introduced on its laptops. Force Touch allows people to use different levels of pressure to initiate actions such as looking up words, previewing files, or displaying maps. In addition to the new feature, the surface of the trackpad is also 29 percent larger than its predecessor.
In contrast, Apple is touting its new Magic Keyboard as an upgrade that’s smaller than its predecessor, taking up 13 percent less space on the desk and sporting a smaller profile. The new iMacs will come standard with the new Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2, with customers able to order the new Magic Trackpad 2 as options.
The new models in the lineup will also come with Apple’s Fusion Drive, a hybrid flash and hard disk storage drive designed to offer the capacity of a traditional drive with the speed of solid state memory. Configurations range from a 1 TB hard drive with 24 GB of flash to 3 TB hard drives with 128 GB of flash. Customers can also select all-flash drives up to 1 TB.
In terms of performance, the 27-inch iMac comes powered by a sixth-generation Intel Core processor and AMD graphics processor. The 21.5-inch iMac, meanwhile, will feature a fifth-generation Intel Core and Intel Iris Pro Graphics processor.
Sharp New Displays
But the features most likely to draw the attention of Mac fans are the new displays Apple is introducing. The 21.5-inch will have a new Retina 4K display with 4096 x 2304 resolution and 9.4 million pixels, 4.5 times more than the standard 21.5-inch iMac display. Meanwhile, the 27-inch model will feature a Retina 5K display, which the company claims to be the world’s highest resolution all-in-one display, with 14.7 million pixels, 7 times more pixels than an HD display.
The new iMacs are available now through the Apple online store. The 27-inch iMac comes in three models priced at $1,799, $1,999 and $2,299. The 21.5-inch iMac is available in three models priced at $1,099 and $1,299 and with a Retina 4K display, starting at $1,499. The Magic Keyboard is available for $99, the Magic Mouse 2 for $79, and the Magic Trackpad 2 for $129.