This month Apple nudges the bar forward a little more. The 15-inch MacBook Pro received some much needed love from Cupertino, too– Force Touch trackpad, much faster flash storage, and longer battery life to match the higher powered AMD Radeon R9 M370X GPU (just rolls off the tongue, no?).
How Much Is That iMac?
Apple sells far more Mac notebooks than desktop models, but that doesn’t mean the iMac line is languishing. The 27-inch iMac with Retina 5k display received more power and a lower price tag.
It still starts with a 3.5Ghz quad-core Intel i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB Fusion Drive, the 2GB AMD Radeon R9 M290X GPU and the standard four USB ports, dual Thunderbolt ports, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi but is also a faster machine than last year’s model.
Tricked out to the mac with the top configuration, the $1,999 base price quickly doubles to $4,199.
What’s stunning about the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5k display is the total number of pixels on the screen. Resolution is 5120×2880 so a total of 14.7-million pixels, though you won’t be viewing tiny, tiny objects and minuscule app windows on the gigantic screen, thanks to how Apple applies the resolution to the screen.
I’ve been waiting for this particular iMac upgrade, but I may wait a little longer to see a shootout on BareFeats before plunking down real money. Why? The original 27-inch iMac with Retina 5k display has experienced some stuttering issues (check the video and comments at the bottom of this Mac360 article) that Apple needs to address.