A growing number of users have been hoping for a high-resolution desktop-class display from Apple over the years. While I was personally wanted to see a high-resolution Thunderbolt Display released, the announcement of the all-new iMac with Retina 5K display was equally, if not more, impressive than what I expected from Apple this afternoon.
In fact, I can imagine that some people will fork over the $2,499 starting price for the new 27-inch all-in-one desktop computer just to use as as external monitor. After all, as Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller expressed this afternoon, the average cost of other 4K displays — which have lower resolution — can easily cost upwards of $3000 right now.
If you are want a closer look at the new iMac with Retina 5K display, we’ve gathered some of the more interesting comments, pictures and hands-on videos of the desktop computer ahead.
“The new 5K Retina display is the meat of the upgrade, and it is a beaut. It has 5,120-by-2,880 native resolution with an IPS screen that displays excellent color balance and detail in high contrast areas of photos, like shadows. As pointed out in the keynote, Final Cut Pro users can view 4K (Ultra HD) videos natively while surrounding the video view window with toolbars for editing, library lookup, and scrubbing through your video project. Likewise, 5K photos display natively in iPhoto and other photo-editing apps that have been updated to support Retina displays.”
“At 5120×2880 pixels, the new Retina 5K Display is precisely 4x the pixels of the 2560×1440 panel in last year’s model. What this means is that Apple can tap their standard bag of tricks to handle applications of differing retina capability and get all of it to look reasonably good. This also means that 2560×1440 content – including widgets – will scale up nicely to the new resolution. Apple does not discuss whom they have sourced the panel from, but given the timing it’s likely the same panel that is in Dell’s recently announced 27” 5K monitor.”
“The iMac’s screen is bright from edge to edge, and shows great color saturation even when looking at it from an angle. Other displays with this kind of resolution depend on two timing controllers, or TCONs—think of a TCON like the brains of the display, sending instructions to the individual pixels. Apple designed its own TCON for this iMac, so a single controller can drive all 14.7 million pixels.”
Are you as impressed by the iMac with Retina 5K display as some of these early hands-on reviewers are?