Just last week, Apple held yet another conference at its headquarters in Cupertino, making this this the fourth major conference held by Apple. Insiders and journalists alike expected new iPads and Macs, and surely enough, Apple delivered in precisely those areas. While the iPads were surely the more popular release, making major headlines, I will be covering that in a separate article. In this article, however, I will go over the improvements and overall changes to the iMac family.
In early 2013, Apple made the biggest change to iMac in a while. As design has always been a major part of Apple philosophy, this occasion was no different. Straying away from their own conventional design, Apple then looked to improve the aesthetic appeal and overall design of the iMac. It did this by going through an intensive weight-loss program with the iMac, so to speak. By slimming the body of the computer down to merely 5 millimeters on the edges, reviewers, critiques, and all of the like were blown away. This astonishment was only compounded by the release of OS X Mavericks, which was a great release for Apple users.
So what exactly is different this year, David? I feel like Apple releases the same thing each year.
I am glad you asked. Even as an Apple fanatic, I would be remised if I didn’t acknowledge the lack of improvements from time to time. To be honest, unless you are doing more than browsing Twitter and watching Youtube videos and typing up reports, you will find very little between this years iMac and last years. For those us us who do intensive photo editing, video editing, gaming, design, or any other heavy applications, you will undoubtedly notice the improvement. That is primarily due to the fact that Apple has implemented a 5K design to the latest iMac.
With official resolution standing at 5,120 x 2,880 pixels, many would be shocked by the graphical improvement for the display (It will now use the juggernaut AMD Radeon R9 M290X as the graphics card). In addition, the iMac is customizable for up to 32 gigabytes of RAM, allowing you to fluently switch between Photoshop, Final Cut, Minecraft, iPhoto, and virtually anything else you have open, without suffering from any significant lag or stalling from your computer.
The race to the 5.0 GHz processor continues, as Apple now uses a 4.0 Ghz quad-core i7 processor. This will allow for quick and easy transitions as well. The speed is improved, the display is improved, and portability is greater than ever. Now, carrying the 27-inch iMac is a breeze, as it weighs in at 21 pounds. You can also check out the litany of improvements made for OS X, as Yosemite was release this month as well. The software is running beautifully, the hardware is superior yet again, which is sure to yield some incredible results.
The iMac continues to be the gold standard of all in one computers as Windows’ comparable all in one still uses touch screen input, which is either hit or miss, depending on the user. Some love it, others hate it; I hate it. In addition to falling short in terms of design, the other reasons users are not flocking to the Windows XPS is due to Windows 8, or 10, or Vista, or the non-existent 9, or whatever version they’re on. The inferiority of the operating system fuels an unfavorable response from consumers to Windows and Dell alike. While they used to be the frontrunners in modern technology and computing, they are slowly but surely falling behind in terms of popularity and overall appeal.
Many people have questioned Apple’s reasoning behind developing such a beast of a computer.
David, come on. Who really needs a 5K display? Why the hell did Apple even make one
To be honest, that’s a good question, but there is an even better response. Apple made a 5K display for one main reason: because they can. The fact that we now have a company that has efficiently created a 5K display that uses less power than the iMac before (which had half of the amount of pixels) is remarkable. Apple is, yet again, ahead of their time. The display and advancement may not be huge to the everyday computer users, as iTunes content is still in HD, and Netflix does not even offer 4K video on their website, but by the time super-HD displays become the next big thing, Apple has already made their impact on that field. Now, it is virtually impossible to question Apple’s ingenuity and willingness to innovate, through bold creations and developments.