Apple Finally Jumping into Ultra HD Display with a New 5K Screen instead of 4K

by on October 16, 2014

by Stephan Jukic – October 16th, 2014

Apple, after months of mostly silence on the issue of 4K Ultra HD technology, has finally made its move…… and jumped well past the currently trendy 4K race and gone right into 5K display.

The move is something rather typical of a company that sometimes seems obsessed with being perceived as truly unique and cutting edge in the consumer technology world. However, this time Apple did indeed wait a bit too long. Dell has already beaten them to the punch with its own UltraSharp 5K monitor which is already available for sale to PC owners.

In any case, the new 5K screen will be included with the new 27 inch iMac all-in-one computer that is going on sale as of now.

The iMacs 5K display gives users a very nifty 5120 x 2880 pixels of Ultra HD resolution and can at least make the claim that it offers more than any other all-in-one computer already on the market, given that Dell’s PC screen is a just a PC accessory and not part of a whole pre-packaged PC setup.

At 5K resolution, the iMac screen offers a several million more pixels than a typical 4k screen with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. The specific difference between the two is that 3840 x 2160 pixel 4K gives a screen with 8.2 million pixels while Apple’s 5K display comes with 14.7 million.

However, given the 27 inch screen size and the sheer density of pixels in either screen resolution, most users simply won’t notice any difference at all between 4K and 5K unless they really, really look closely.

The iMac’s display is called Retina 5K and the full computer unit is currently on sale to Apple fans for a retail price of $2,499 USD.

According to Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide engineering, the display is “an incredible feat of engineering”. This is one of the comments delivered by the Apple executive at the iMac’s unveiling this Thursday the 16th in Cupertino, California.

Apple customers have been demanding a 4K display from the company for some time now. And up until this latest release, the company has kept its 4K functionality for desktops strictly limited to a compatible Sharp 4K monitor that was also sold on the Apple website as an accessory to their desktop machines.

With this release of its own 5K iMac, Apple has almost certainly gotten other major computer makers such as Lenovo and Toshiba thinking about resolutions that go beyond 4K. Currently, both companies already have 4K screens out on the market as stand-alone accessory units and also inside several of their laptop models.

Dell UltraSharp 5K monitor

Dell UltraSharp 5K monitor came out before the Apple 5K Retina display

Lenovo in particular is the closest to coming out with its own Android powered al-in-one PC with a 4K screen in the form of the ThinkVision 28, which has not yet gone on sale.

The iMac screen is an impressive 5 millimeters thick and uses energy efficient LED backlighting to illuminate its display.

As for the specs of the computer itself: the new iMac offers, in addition to its 5K retina display, an Intel Core i7 processor, 1 terabyte of hard disk space, 8GB of RAM (a bit low) and an advanced R9M290X graphics card that’s upgradable to an even faster model called the R9M295X.

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