Apple Family’s Newest Addition: iMac with Retina 5k Display

Karen Li, Staff Writer

The new iMac with Retina 5k Display, released on the morning of October 28, 2014, is officially the newest addition to the everblooming Apple family and is one of Apple’s largest creations yet. Consisting of 14.7 million pixels over a 27-inch screen, this new technology has four times the number of pixels than the original 27-inch iMac display, which means that screen displays will appear even clearer than before. Also, through the latest innovative technological advancements, Apple has developed this new iMac in such a way that energy usage is reduced considerably, screen brightness is still perpetuated, and contrasting image quality further improved upon.

In addition, this iMac is the most stunningly powerful Apple computer yet, carrying a quad-core Intel Core processor capable of supporting the most recent and advanced AMD graphics, Fusion Drive, and Thunderbolt 2. It can reach up to 4.0 GHz (Core i7 Processor), 3.5 Teraflops of computing power, and 20 Gbps in Thunderbolt 2 bandwidth. This iMac with Retina 5k Display also uses the OS X Yosemite operating system, which is the world’s current most advanced operating system. OS X uses the Retina 5k Display feature to its full potential, displaying objects on the screen with striking clarity. The OS X operating system also comes with collection of user-friendly apps available for daily use, including iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, for photos, videos, music and podcasts, documents, spreadsheets, and presentations respectively. It has also been designed to make work between Mac and iOS devices easy and simple.

“It’s not surprising to hear about the new release of another iMac,” said Christine Shen, a senior at Ward Melville. “It seems that in this world of ever-evolving technology, we see products being improved and sold every day. But if you were to compare this side by side to an old Mac, I’m unsure of how much of a difference there would actually be. Apple is just training consumers to be picky about their products and for them to want the best of the best.” Christine also said that Apple’s claim that “energy usage is reduced considerably” on this new iMac is a good point to touch upon; however, since no real statistic is given, the accuracy of its claim is still questionable.

Even with all these features and changes, Apple has managed to shock the world further by still keeping the iMac with Retina 5k Display characteristically thin, measuring only 5 mm at its edge.


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