Apple is upgrading the smaller 21.5 inch iMac with some better internals and most importantly, with a 4K display – up from the 1080p which was previously available.
Apple says that the new display technology being used can show 25% more colours, which should make for a more vibrant screen. Apple has done things differently this time. Usually, screen upgrades come with 4 times as many pixels as the previous model, which allows Apple to scale OSX up more easily. This is also the reason for the rather odd 5K resolution of the 27 inch iMac. This time, Apple has tweaked the resolution so that the both the 21.5 inch and 27 inch iMacs have a pixel density of 217 PPI. Though we’ve grown used to hearing about 400+ PPI, 217 PPI is great for a desktop computer, which is typically viewed further away when compared to a phone, a tablet or even a laptop for that matter.
The new iMac also has new processors from the Broadwell lineup. While Skylake is technically out, making Broadwell last generation, Broadwell chips only started going out a few months ago. The 4K iMacs start off with a 3.1 GHz quad core processor which can be turbo boosted to 3.6 GHz. The 4K model also comes with 8 GB of DDR3 RAM and Intel’s Iris Pro 6200 GPU. This is plenty of power for most the user Apple has in mind. The changes are all internal and visually, there isn’t any difference you’ll spot between the latest iMac and the previous one.
Apple is also upgrading the standalone keyboard, trackpad and mouse. The keyboard and mouse are part of the package of the new iMac and the trackpad is an optional upgrade. They no longer have removable batteries and now have to be charged via Apple’s lightning cables. They’ve also received design updates and the trackpad now has Force Touch. The new keyboard has the same layout as the keyboard on the 2015 Macbook.
The 4K model of the iMac starts at $1,499 while the 1080p models will continue at $1,099. While this isn’t an absolutely necessary upgrade for people from last generation iMacs, users of iMacs from 2009-2012 should be very impressed with the latest offerings.
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