Apple Claims the New 5K Retina iMac Has the Best Resolution – Ever

5K Retina iMac

Apple claims its new 5K Retina iMac has the best resolution of any digital display — ever. It might sound like an idle boast were it not for the fact that the company has some numbers to back it up.

The new iMac’s Retina display contains a total of 14.7 million pixels, for a 5120 x 2880 pixel resolution. The 5K screen is designed to have better overall image quality than both HD and Ultra HD. Apple says the new resolution and image quality improves the quality of playback on videos and makes text crisper and more easy to read and adds new depth to digital photos.

All of this would seem to indicate that if your business application requires top level image quality, there may be no better option.

In an official release on the new 5K Retina iMac, Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, explains:

“Thirty years after the first Mac changed the world, the new iMac with Retina 5K display running OS X Yosemite is the most insanely great Mac we have ever made.”

The new iMac, new image quality and resolution gets ample display on a mammoth 27 inch screen.

The new iMac is already shipping from Apple and will be running the updated OS X Yosemite operating system when it’s first opened and booted. The OS X Yosemite update includes a focus on the look and feel of the operating system, including the use of translucent and streamlined menus.

Not only does the new iMac include a groundbreaking display, it also boasts a variety of other high end specs.

The 5K Retina iMac features a 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics and a 1TB Fusion Drive. The computer can also be configured to include 32GB of memory and a 3TB Fusion Drive or 1TB of flash storage.

The new 5K Retina iMac is also pre-loaded with the iWork suite of productivity apps that help create documents, spreadsheets, and slide presentations. Apple says the new desktop will retail starting at $2,499.

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Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is the Editor for Small Business Trends and the Head of Content Partnerships. A journalist with 20 years of experience in traditional and online media, he is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. He founded his own local newspaper, the Pottsville Free Press, covering his hometown.

5 Reactions
  1. I have a feeling this might not be the first time Apple’s claimed something they’ve created is the best ever. And more power to them for feeling that’s the case. But I’m thinking, let the proof be in the pudding. Let the customers be evidence of a product’s quality. Let the sales, feedback and reviews determine that.

  2. It gets better and better huh? I wonder how this retina thing is working for our eyes. We always try to imitate what the eyes can see but rarely appreciate what we really see with them.

    • I don’t know – it might get better and better, but maybe it gets to a point where it doesn’t matter how pixelated it is as there’s only so much the eye can see.

  3. I always found it hilarious when end users would demand better monitors with higher resolutions. “I need to upgrade my 17″-19″ 4:3 screen to a 23″ 16:9 1080p screen.” only to set the resolution to 1024×768 because they find they can’t see/read the screen at its native resolution. Why don’t you try a having your vision checked instead of demanding an expensive magnifying glass.

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