October 14, 2015

Heads up, guys. If your old iMac has been giving you problems (i.e. slower, buggy, running out of space etc), this Apple announcement is probably for you. Perhaps the reason it took so long for them to announce a new 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display is because they’ve been working on something better to give you a choice – the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display. On top of that, we’re also seeing an all-new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2, which comes together with the new iMacs (you can opt to include the Magic Trackpad 2). Here’s a quick breakdown.




So one of the big things is that the Retina displays on both these iMacs feature a wider P3-based colour gamut – about 25 percent larger than standard sRGB-based displays – to give you true-to-life colours with greater detail, making images look even more vivid and real. Another plus point with these new iMacs is the built-in Fusion Drive. It integrates the large storage capacity of a hard drive with the high performance of flash. In English, this means it’ll take a shorter time to boot the drive to give you quicker access to your data. The Fusion Drive will work together with the OS X to adapt to the way you use your iMac, moving data (like files, apps etc) you use most often onto the flash storage instead. Available in configurations of 1TB, 2TB and 3TB hard drive, with flash storage of up to 1TB.

21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display (starting from $1,648)
• 4096 x 2304 resolution
• 9.4 million pixels (approximately 4.5 times more than the standard 21.5-inch iMac display
• comes with 5th generation Intel Core processor and Intel Iris Pro Graphics
• Two Thunderbolt 2 ports, delivering up to 20Gbps data transfer speeds

27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display (starting from $2,688)
• world’s highest resolution all-in-one display with 14.7 million pixels (7 time smore pixels than an HD display)
• comes with 6th generation AMD high-performance graphics to deliver 3.7 teraflops of compute power
• Two Thunderbolt 2 ports, delivering up to 20Gbps data transfer speeds




They may look the same, but the biggest change for all three of them is that they now come with a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery, giving it a more solid internal structure and quality feel (no more panicking when your devices are at 1%). The Lightning-to-USB charging allows for seamless usage for about a month or more on a full charge.

The Magic Keyboard is sleeker and takes up 13 percent less space on your desk area. The new scissor mechanism and lower profile makes it more comfortable to type and gives you more stable, precise keystrokes.

The Magic Mouse 2 – lighter and more solid because of the new internal structure (it has fewer moving parts) – has a more optimised foot design as opposed to the predecessor (it had a chamber beneath for the AA batteries) for a smother, less resistant glide. And like the first Magic Mouse, the Multi-Touch surface makes it easier for you to manuever through content (web pages, photos, etc) on your iMac.

The Magic Trackpad 2 has a 29 percent larger surface and has been optimised for Force Touch. Pressing a little deeper on edge-to-edge glass surface lets you do a whole lot more (just like the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus). And like the Magic Mouse 2, the trackpad lets you make use of Multi-Touch gestures to scroll in any direction to swipe through websites and more.

The Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2 are available at a suggested retail price of $148, $118 and $189 respectively.