More details on Apple’s latest family of Cinematic 4K and 5K iMacs
Apple has released a new family of iMacs –as we’ve covered at least in part on this site, and reviewed as well—and some of the most visible changes to these newest iMac machines have been the improvements to their display technologies.
For starters, the iMac line now features Retina screens and in the case of the new smaller 21.5 inch iMac, Retina gets taken to some new levels with the inclusion of a 4K display with a True 4K resolution of 4096 x 2304 which goes even beyond the pixel count of the 4K ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolutions we’ve seen in the vast majority of 4K monitors and laptops on the market today.
Then of course, there has also been Apple’s state of the art 27 inch 5K iMac whose resolution of 5120 x 2880 pixels is truly something to behold on a 27 inch display –the pixels aren’t visible no matter how hard you squint.
What’s also deeply interesting about these new UHD displays from Apple is the fact that they incorporate a number of cutting edge color enhancement technologies for showing more colors than ever before, which in turn helps with the rendering of extraordinarily detailed photos and some razor sharp interface and text displays. In fact for the latest versions of both the 4K 2.5 inch iMac and the 27 inch 5K iMac, the color coverage offered is probably on par with or better than what you’d find in some top-shelf professional visual editor’s 4K PC monitors, and that’s saying quite a bit.
Of course there are also the non-visual accessories to enjoy. These include a new wireless keyboard, trackpad and the mouse as well. All of these now come with wireless inputs which are superior to the weaker Bluetooth and instead of being built with cheaper, easy-to-die removable batteries, now come with lithium power sources which charge just like those of an iPhone or iPad while lasting a much longer time. Charging can be done through a cable which connects to the two new iMacs via a port labeled “lightning”.
One further interesting feature of the trackpad for the new iMacs is a relatively new little innovation called “Force Touch”, which lets a user press harder on the pad to get a whole secondary menu of control options and software features. This has also been added to the IPhone 6S and now the iMacs have it along with Apple’s newest Macbook.
However, aside from all these new accessory technologies, the real star innovations of the new IMacs are their eye-popping 4K and 5K Retina displays. They could be called the soul of these two elegant and powerful home computing machines and the effort put into them absolutely shows in their visuals.
These screens aren’t just about their massive pixel densities, they’re also fundamentally about their superbly developed color palettes, which uses some truly new technology which is even more advanced than that of the current Retina screens on non-UHD iMacs.
The newest Apple 4K and 5K iMacs come with a much wider color gamuts which not only capture a full 100% of the now slightly outdated (according to Apple) sRGB spectrum, but also manage to capture a broad chunk of an entirely new color standard called P3, created by the film industry for modern digital cinema. P3 offers 25% more color gamut than sRGB and both the newest 4K 21.5 inch iMac and the latest version of the 27 inch 5K iMac support the P3 color standard, something which very few 4K PC monitors can boast of.
These are just some of the new color technologies and other innovations in both of Apple’s latest additions to the iMac family, readers who are interested in even further discussion, should check out the original Medium post.