Apple announced the company’s next step in the development of Retina display: the 27-inch iMac with 5K display. At the end of the special event, Tim Cook invited the media to come and see what Apple had just introduced: the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3, and the new iMac. And the first impressions are in.
Engadget’s Dana Wollman, just like other journalists who were able to get their hands on the new iMac, was impressed by the new device. “The iMac has a stunning display,” she said.
That’s the first thing, that resolution. Then there’s the actual image quality. And image processing too, when we get down to it. To even power that many pixels, Apple had to design its own timing controller, the chip that tells each pixel what to do and when. Obviously, this is the sort of thing I’l really want to observe once I get a review unit in; I’ll want to see how fluid 4K video is, how well editing programs perform. Suffice to say, everything looked good in my brief eyes-on, but I’ll be the first to admit that I’d need to spend more time with the machine to really evaluate that bit.
The Verge was also stunned by the display and said that the new model is a welcome upgrade for desktop users:
The big worry with a screen this good, and this high-res, is that it would cause performance problems. It’s hard to say for sure in a demonstration, but based on what we’ve seen performance doesn’t seem to be an issue. The iMac with Retina display comes with a 3.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB Fusion Drive, and it’s upgradeable to a crazy degree — the model we saw was scrubbing seamlessly through dozens of clips of 4K video, moving through photos and edits with ease, and generally behaving like it wasn’t also powering a 5K display.
Image credit: The Verge