Apple's iMac With Retina 5K Display: Features That Stand Out

Apple's iMac With Retina 5K Display: Features That Stand Out
That Is One Serious Display
A Nice Processor That Gets the Job Done
The Graphics Power Is Surprisingly Impressive
Lots of Ports for Users
The Latest in Wireless Technology Is a Must
Apple Is Boasting About Sound
Yosemite Will Come With the iMac
It's Not a One-Size-Fits-All
All of Apple's Built-In Apps
It's Not a Cheap Device
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Apple's iMac With Retina 5K Display: Features That Stand Out

By Don Reisinger

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That Is One Serious Display

The iMac's new 27-inch Retina 5K display is nothing short of astounding. The screen has a resolution of 5,120 by 2,880 pixels. That means that the device has 14.7 million pixels packed into its 27 inches. To compare, a regular HD display has 2 million pixels, and 4K screens have 8.8 million pixels.

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A Nice Processor That Gets the Job Done

Out of the box, the iMac comes with a 3.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz. While that's not the top-end of the Intel processor line, it should do the trick for the vast majority of users who simply want to get some work done and handle some mid-level graphics work. Those who need more power should look to the next jump up and add the 4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 to the computer.

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The Graphics Power Is Surprisingly Impressive

Apple didn't skimp on graphics. The iMac comes standard with the AMD Radeon R9 M290X GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. Again, that should be more than enough for the majority of users, but designers who would use the Mac for Photoshop or Final Cut Pro might want to consider bumping it up to the AMD Radeon R9 M295X with 4GB of memory.

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Lots of Ports for Users

Apple has come a long way in allowing users to connect accessories they have sitting around the house. The iMac comes with an SDXC port, four USB 3 ports and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. There's also a Gigabit Ethernet port for those who would rather be wired when running the computer.

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The Latest in Wireless Technology Is a Must

Apple has smartly brought the latest wireless technology to the iMac. The device works with 802.11ac wireless networks, as well as legacy protocols, like 802.11n and 802.11g. In addition, the iMac comes with full support for Bluetooth 4, which should allow for even more accessibility.

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Apple Is Boasting About Sound

While the iMac's screen is its most important feature, Apple has made a lot of noise about the device's sound capabilities. In addition to dual microphones, which should help with FaceTime calls, the iMac comes with stereo speakers that Apple claims sound great. It might be a small feature, but for those who are constantly working on design-related activities like video editing, it's an important one.

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Yosemite Will Come With the iMac

Apple makes one operating system available to those who are buying the new iMac: Yosemite. Apple's latest launch includes a design refresh that makes the Dock much cleaner and provides updates to a wide range of the company's built-in apps. Yosemite is a nice improvement over Mavericks, so it shouldn't be a bother to anyone that it's bundled with Apple's new all-in-one PC.

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It's Not a One-Size-Fits-All

Although the customization options are relatively light, Apple does allow customers to boost the capabilities of the iMac, should they want to do so. As noted, the iMac's processor and graphics can be upgraded, as can its memory. The device comes with 8GB of on-board memory, but that can be boosted to 32GB. Users can also choose to go with Apple's Fusion Drive storage options or opt for flash storage.

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All of Apple's Built-In Apps

Apple is a master at getting people hooked on its applications. That's why the company bundles Yosemite with its products and why the built-in applications that come with Yosemite will be sitting on the Dock as soon as users turn the iMac on. Everything from iTunes to iPhoto to iWork is available on the iMac out of the box, so users shouldn't be surprised if they start using Apple's software simply because it's there and, in most cases, it works quite well.

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It's Not a Cheap Device

Don't expect to save much cash investing in the new iMac. While Apple tried to argue that 4K televisions go for more than the iMac and they don't even come with a computer, the iMac is still expensive. The device starts at $2,499 for the standard build and adding a better processor is $250, boosting to 32GB of memory will cost $600, and 1TB of flash storage is $800. It won't be too hard to find ways to seriously increase the price of the iMac if the consumer wants better features.

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