Apple is upping the pixels in its latest batch of iMac all-in-one computers, with all 27-inch models now coming equipped with a 5K (5,120 x 2,880) display and there is a new optional 4K (3840×2160) tier for the smaller 21.5-inch iMac. Apple first revealed its 5K iMac last year, initially as a separate model to the usual 2560×1440 variants we have seen for a few years.
The 5K iMac now starts at £1449.00, with an Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive and AMD Radeon R9 280 mobile graphics. The highest end 5K iMac will set you back £1849.00, equipped with the same Core i5 CPU, clocked 100MHz higher, the same 8GB of RAM, a 2TB hybrid drive and an AMD R9 M395 graphics chip with just 2GB of VRAM, which seems a little on the low side for such a high resolution.
The 21.5-inch iMacs now start at £899, though that will only get you a 1080p display, a 1.6GHz Core i5 CPU with integrated graphics and a 1TB storage drive. The mid-tier model also comes with a 1080p display, a 3.3GHz Core i5 CPU with integrated graphics and the same RAM and storage drive for £1049.00.
Finally, we have the 4K iMac, which sits at £1199.00. Unfortunately, this model still doesn’t feature dedicated graphics, sticking to the Iris Pro 6200 graphics found on the 3.1GHz Intel Core i5 processor. It also comes with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive.
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KitGuru Says: It’s nice to see Apple upping the ante a little when it comes to displays. However, I do believe that at these high resolutions, a dedicated graphics chip should come as standard. Also, Apple could do with stepping away from hard drives and moving on to SSDs, particularly at these prices.