The Apple iMac inch is a breath of fresh air for the aging iMac line, bringing with it a beautiful display, an excellent webcam and an array of bright new color schemes. These virtues seem especially welcome at a time when many of us have spent much of the last year stuck at home, enjoying endless rounds of video calls with colleagues and loved ones.
Currently, the full seven iMac color options are only available on Apple's website ; if you try to buy one of these iMacs in an Apple store, you'll be limited to choosing between blue, green, pink, and silver. Pre-orders for the new iMac are open now, and Apple claims that the first units will begin arriving at customers' doors this Friday, May 21st. This new inch iMac has gotten a big redesign and several new coats of paint. The silver aluminum standard of iMacs past has been replaced by 7 new color options including a silver, if you miss the old ways that hearken back to the colorful heyday of the iMac G3.
Gone also is the Apple logo which graced the lower lip of earlier models, replaced by a larger version on the back of the device. Our review unit arrived sporting a fresh yellow paint job, and it looked quite a bit nicer than the boring black PC case it sat next to on my desk. Gone is the rounded rear end of earlier iMacs; in its place is a flat rectangular chassis about 0. When you set it up on your desk it stands The headphone jack has also been relocated from the front to the lower left edge of the display, a decision likely made because, at 0.
The port selection is pretty anemic, especially on the entry-level inch iMac, which only comes with 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports and a headphone jack. The higher-end iMacs like our review unit sport the full complement of 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports and 2 USB 3 ports on the back of the display, along with a headphone jack along the lower left edge of the display and a Gigabit Ethernet port built into the power adapter.
If you prefer your Internet wireless, the new inch iMac also supports That Ethernet port is worth calling out because having it on the power adapter both keeps the Ethernet cable off your desk and gives you a lot of freedom about how to route it — a clever bit of design work I wish more PC manufacturers would copy. I set our review unit up right next to a window in my home office nook, and with TrueTone enabled I noticed the display subtly shifting to warmer, yellower tones as the light from the window changed.
In general, it was a pleasing and barely noticeable effect, though the screen sometimes got a little too yellow for my tastes. The effect can be much stronger when you enable Night Shift, which automatically adjusts the display to warmer tones after sunset — though you can customize both the timing and the strength of the warming effect.
Quality-wise, images and videos look great on this display. While streaming 4K videos and trailers I was easily able to pick out details, even in dark or fast-moving scenes. In person, it seems to work; I rarely noticed reflections while working on the iMac, especially when looking at it dead on. If you crane your head way over to either side you can see reflections more clearly, which might impact the viewing experience for groups clustered around the machine, but even at those wide angles videos playing on the display remained clear and colorful.
There are six speakers built into the bottom of the new inch iMac: 2 pairs of low-frequency woofers and one pair of high-frequency tweeters, with support for spatial audio via Dolby Atmos. What that means, in my experience, is that things sound real good coming out of the new iMac. The low bass hits in the Godzilla vs. The p webcam built into the top bezel of the new iMac delivers great image quality on video calls, which is especially welcome now that more people are working remotely than ever before.
According to Apple, the excellent image quality is due in part to the inclusion of the M1 chip, which has an advanced image signal processor that helps deliver better video quality by among other things applying noise reduction algorithms and automatically adjusting exposure and white balance. The p webcam delivers great image quality on video calls, which is especially welcome now that more people are working remotely than ever before. During the course of several video calls the iMac delivered consistently great image quality, with accurate colors and enough clarity that I could pick out bits of dust and fuzz clinging to my shirt.
The quality of sound captured during video calls was also pretty great, according to those on the other end. At one point I had 30 Chrome tabs open, two separate videos streaming, and Steam downloading and installing games in the background. The new inch iMac performed well in the Geekbench 5. Much of what you enjoy and consume entertainment-wise will have been created on Windows, as much as you'd like to imagine it was all made in a purple-backlit cave filled with tattoo sleeve and flat cap-shod bearded somethings who begin every YouTube video with "WHAT'S up guys?
Much faster, for 2 x the price. But it will, hopefully, do all the things the M1 cannot, or if it can, does slowly. Neat, right? But then again, my MacBook Pro also has those things ; Ah, and also, more software will hopefully be M-native by the time the next chips are released, which is another reason to wait, unless you just use Adobe stuff and whatever else has so far been optimised.
Again: M1 and Intel Macs especially the laptops are sort of pointless now. Get a Windows machine that will walk all over them power and value -wise, or wait and save your cash for the next M offerings. In my case, I need a powerful machine now to learn new software. Everyone's case is different. I own a Mac, but nothing they sell currently meets my needs. Simple as that, really. In case it's not obvious: I don't have a permanent boner for Macs or PCs. What I do want is performance and value.
I do not think the M1 laptops offer this, the Intel Macs certainly do not, and although the M1 iMac is much more attractive, I think the M1 still falls short in many areas, and unless you are a rather casual user, it's better to wait 6 months. My MacBook Pro I have had for 6 years, and it has been wonderful, but is also now underpowered.
First-generation Apple products are never really a smart investment and are often more tech-demos than anything else, although I know many devotees do not care, and every year upgrade their iPhones and whatever else they want to splash the cash on. I am not one of those people. I will get an M chip when the time is right, but not now. People keep forgetting that all of the current M1 machines are entry level, and TBH for the intended use the base Air performs the same as the more expensive models.
M1X this fall? Demanding users should be waiting to see what the next batch or two of machines look like. The repairability issue is a real problem, though, and not JUST hating by the non-apple crowd :. Lack of serviceability by the end user seems like less of a problem to me than the difficulties faced by trained service techs. Hard for me to make it past the first couple of paragraphs filled with marketing.
You don't need a Mac to "explore your creative side". You somehow made it all the way down to the comments section though, so it can't have been that hard. Apple is just the worst keyboard, OS, useless touchbar, overheat, and many more. M1 may be interesting, but I don't think I will ever pay from my own pocket. And keyboards in the Mac laptops from the entire last year are fantastic. They got rid of the garbage ones. M1 does overheat, i had it run up to C during editing and exporting of a 4K video.
It's so hot you can barely touch it. During editing it runs at C steadily for quite a while, that' can't be healthy in the long run for the cpu. It's much easier to maintain, built of better quality, and it can run a lot more operating systems - it can run Linux, it can run Windows, and it can run MacOS which I consider to be the best Unix operating system. I am more productive on Macs than I ever was on Wintel machines that seem to break, or need more upgrades, or so on.
Macs are more expensive upfront but the long term benefits are real. Macs retain higher value and I was always able to sell them fast for a nice buck which I could not with PC's. I've learned that you rarely gain much from a very fast expensive machine - in fact, you would be better off with at least a couple of mini Macs or PCs networked together to work on their tasks. It's more cost effective and gets the job faster too. M1 Macs are much more limited in their native OS choices for the moment.
There is work on a native Linux port, but it seems unlikely that GPU support will be decent as Apple doesn't share documentation. In short, if you buy an M1 Mac, you should only expect to be able to run macOS, at least in the short-medium term. For video productions, all industry platforms has updated software for M1 processor. But of course, if want to run windows it would be stupid to buy a Mac.
I would be tempted by the M1's if they could run Linux. But until there is good Linux support, I'm sticking with other machines. Wish I could say the same but my MacBook Pro has been plagued with problems. Poor battery, dead MagSafe adapter, overheats, retina screen stopped working, right speaker stopped working, fans overly loud, T key has issues.
This is a laptop that never leaves the house. If you think of a "starter" computer that can later be upgraded or expanded, a Mac mini with a separate display seems to make more sense. This display would likely serve well for many years, while the mini could be replaced with a newer, faster model at fairly modest cost in a year or two.
The NEC is an excellent monitor. I didn't recommend a specific NEC model. There are several of various resolutions. I regard x as preferable to 4K on a 27" display for photo work. I had the M1 Air for almost a year now. Some of my gadgets audio stuff still doesn't have M1 drivers.
Anyway, It's a nice computer, but it's just not perfect like how the internet hypes it. You can get an M1 Air with up to 2TB of storage, and you don't have to use iCloud as a cloud based solution if you don't want to: plenty of other cloud based services available and most users are on some cloud anyway. But yes, no product is perfect. Perfection is kind of an unrealistic goal anyway, since it implies total completeness, as in never needing anything else. But as soon as a product hits the market, even if it is totally complete and "perfect" based on past definitions, people will readjust their expectations and want more.
I don't get it. People need to get over with the small internal storage and move on to networked drives or external disks. Almost all my text documents are saved in iCloud or if I work with huge files like virtual machines, images, and videos, I save them on my high speed external SSD disks using USB 3. I also have Time Machine that backs up external disks. The internal disk is optimized for OS and swap for VM. Surely, you can use data but the majority of my data is on external sources.
My external SSD is half the size and weight of a candy bar. Storing active projects on it also allows me to easily move active projects between my MBA and Mac mini. The truth is, you need a backup wherever you go. Would have been interesting to also have a section about the display and its colour accuracy, gamut and how well it can be calibrated. Self calibrating without a sensor to measure the screen?
And self calibrating to what setting? MacBook Pros for example are a pain to calibrate and keep calibrated due to the brightness slider and no way to adjust RGB channels of the display. Same will probably be true for this iMac as well. Factory calibration can also differ by a quite big margin and profit considerably from recalibration at home.
Even with an Eizo. Most of the money you spent on this imac is really paying for the 4. Storage sure, but I prefer to use external drives for all my image work, so GB in mine is just for the OS and apps and initial editing. Is that Hackintosh? If no, your post is irrelevant. Every person will have different needs in graphics cards, but you can't argue with me in regards to ram or storage space.
You can multitask to a higher level with more memory. Apple sheeps and their excuses this much ram is "enough", that much space is enough. It isn't there in most apple products. Your value for money may differ from others. My time is valuable and expensive How do you factor that into a 'self-build'? That's the point of the Apple Silicon System on a Chip SoC architecture and its resource sharing: it's far more efficient and so you can get greatly enhanced performance and far lower power consumption.
I'm just speaking from experience, and as I said I wouldn't have believed 8GB RAM was anywhere near enough coming from 32 on a PC , but for vast amounts of high resolution photo editing, which is what I do, it's great. It's easy to pick out edge cases where it may struggle, but I would hazard a guess that unless you're editing lots of 4K video content, a fairly basic M1 machine will absolutely do the business.
That's why I have a bit of an issue with people being pigeonholed into 'professionals' and 'casual creators', the hardest working professionals I know are usually the ones editing on 4 year old MacBook Pros! Any M1 machine will be an upgrade for them. EXkurogane so you didn't answer my question. Me and other people just don't want to have a deal with PC and Windows I suppose Linux is not discussed here as a serious basement for a professional graphic workflow.
So how is your comment relevant to the point of the article? Macs are non-alternative for running macOS. Some people have built ecosystem around them, some don't but those who have them made their choice. But if you ran the same tests as this article, it would clean up vs the M1.
Maybe it is good for super small production or just for photographers, how you can edit 30 minutes 4k film with adding effects and transitions and coloring with just 8 or 16 gb ram, i use 64gb ram om my imac and i see i use mostly more than 40gb when my timeline gets heavy. Conclusion: Given everything that it doesn't have, it fairs just as expected.
I'd never buy one, it's just not for people who are used to power desktops. I often find a significant real world difference between what the review sites suggest will be the real world use, and the actual reality. In the media room of a big event at the weekend there were plenty of professional photographers with MacBook Air M1s, for example, and like me a few I spoke to had opted for the 8GB version and hadn't regretted it at all.
Seems to be a good package for someone like me who edits photos and videos for a hobby, at a price point not unreasonable. Sooner or later I want to upgrade my Macbook Pro laptop. I don't know why Apple insists on glossy displays. I always prefer matte displays for photo editing. I have a Macbook M1 pro, hate the OS, love the machine and yes, I would prefer a matte display nonethess.
I did editing commercially for my own company for many years. In the early days we used Barco crt displays with glossy screens. Glossy was considered to be the only correct way for a graphics display to go. Of course, we edited in a darker room. But unfortunately, people insist on doing color work in lit rooms with lots of reflections. What they do is to spread those reflections over a large part of the screen, seemingly lessening them.
But instead they are still there. Glossy screens look better. But when editing video you can't relay on the blacks, which will not look as true black on average displays and video projectors. They'll have to pry my five-year old, 27" iMac from my cold dead fingers! At least until next Christmast where they are sure to annouce a larger version than this pip-squeak. You don't even need a hub if you have no other purpose for one, just a USB-C to female-A dongle and re-use your existing cable.
USB connectivity would probably be the least worrisome limitation here for me tbh, a couple USB-C ports go a long way these days. You can get hubs with HDMI and Ethernet built in as well if you don't like having the latter on the power brick, etc.
Why no the option of black bezel? These new iMacs are clearly aimed to the consumer market, not ideal for photo or video editing. It is a shame how manufacturers deliberately cripple these otherwise nice machines by refusing to offer the black bezel option. You know, I have been using an Eizo monitor with white bezels for ages, and never have I thought: "gee, the white edges are so distracting I can't concentrate on my work!
In fact, I sometimes find it disorienting to work on monitors with black bezels, because when I display dark images on them, I can't easily tell where the screen image ends and the bezel starts. BTW that "white bezel" is not actually pure white. It's a light shade of grey, chosen intentionally to not distract from your screen experience.
The battery life is awful, Apple will fail big like they did after the mp3 device they used to make I probably missed this. Who is going to buy a desktop computer with GB storage in ? This is the one thing I dislike about Apple.
For people who stream most of their content music and video and use things like iCloud to shuffle their photos around, GB is plenty. Surely it would have been easy for Apple to include a few more USB ports.
Best of Sony. While I agree that GB is a bit skimpy, you are generalizing too much. IMO computers are like photo gear and most tools - it comes down to the user more than the gear. Serious work can be done by serious users, even on older or under-specced equipment. The trick is to know the limitations and how to work around them.
It's nice to have fewer limitations, but there will always be some. My experience, and the advice of countless IT experts, is that computers work optimally when they have a sufficient amount of unused space in their internal storage.
A big chunk of the GB will be taken up by the OS and apps, leaving little left over to assist optimal performance when processing large files. That really depends on what apps and other stuff you have on your system. However I am doing a LOT of different work on there and it is impractical to have external drives for that machine the majority of the time.
For a machine like this I think it would be adequate for a good number of users. For a lot of ordinary users they would get more bang for buck attaching a fast raid array. Run one through Adobe enhance and that creates a file of roughly Mb. It is fine for every day work. I view my desktop machine as a hub. Sure it handles the work. But hanging off it wirelessly or cabled I have over 50 Tb of storage in various raids. Tablet, two printers Apple Speaker thingy etc etc. So my concerns about this model are two fold.
RAM and Ports. Big files need lots and lots of RAM. M1 uses RAM far more efficiently than any competing chip. My wife, my mother, my children, my boss Most clients like to buy the drives if they wish to keep the project files. My oldest Macbook pro have GB. It has never been a problem. For the last 20 min. I would never use internal drive for clients work, mainly for safety, but also for time consumption reason. Over-speced equipment is for those that are trying to compensate for their own limited abilities.
Capable professionals get the job done with whatever available. MacOS have been the best companion for professionals in that respect for a decade or more. Question: Can you download and work on an In Design document formatted on an older Mac and stored on a hard drive to this M1 Mac without error?
I just have no experience moving complex files from Intel chips to M1. The files themselves should make no difference. But assuming an optimised Indesign is available, then using files from should make no difference. Elisam - "There is a Rosetta translation layer" As I understand it, Rosetta 2 works differently than the original Rosetta that accompanied the transition to Intel chips.
Rosetta 2 doesn't translate the code in real-time as you use it. Instead, it translates the the source code into M1-native code and saves that new iteration of the app to the drive. This is why the first launch of an Intel app takes a while, but subsequent launches are quick.
Good article - provides some researched information and well-written hands-on impressions. Its not about which machine "wins" the review - it's about providing some useful information for those considering the new Apple Silicon Macs for photo and video work. The is a lot of discussion on some of the Apple forums as to whether this tranche of M1 Macs are suitable for various uses - or whether to wait for the larger and more "pro" Apple Silicon machines. One of our favourite things about Micro Four Thirds is the variety of tiny, sharp lenses.
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Apple has combined M1 performance with a color-accurate 4. Tags: review , apple , computer-review , imac. View Comments Comments All Jimmymac Have you had any problems with the "memory leak" issue people are recognizing? Horses for courses. Designic Because it's a lot cheaper! Designic On many common tasks, it outperforms the i9 27" iMac. Steve Swayne I am surprised that the screen size was an issue you listed as did not like. DFM62 the 27" is still running Intel - I guess the 24" is a replacement for the old 21 and that they may come with a replacement for the 27 later on, perhaps a 30 or even a 32 5k.
Frank C. Good Light. Michael Piziak Unfortunately, my machine is so old that 32 GB ram is my ceiling - I recently upgraded my desktop to 16 gigs ram. WSLam the 16GB limit is a big problem. Terrano Sometimes I wonder if Adobe is our problem and the way they do things.
StoneJack Now if the "creators" are pros? Michael Piziak It's sad and unfortunate, however, that you won't be able to add ram, or SSDs, yourself in the future years down the road IlianS Is it available with black frame? Thoughts R Us Actually the borders are a light, neutral gray, chosen to better blend in with one's surroundings, like a living room or bright office. IlianS It is more about differentiating apple's products from the other brands.
Terrano I don't mind it, sometimes I find the black misleading especially when the image is used on white online or print. Anonymous Pi Michael Piziak, it's more than a bit naive to think they don't, that any aspect of their products is accidental. Thoughts R Us Apple, of all computer makers, has the best environmental record of any. Lessiter Thoughts are you quoting Apple marketing to prove that Apple products are environmentally friendly?
Low carbon aluminium is a funny one for sure Brian OReilly Mmmm Brian OReilly To notpc "A lifetime of using products and having to deal with people" Brian OReilly notpc Can you provide just one simple example of : "having to deal with people who prefer everchanging random trendy styles and looks over practicality, functionality, individual choice and customization.
Nicolaso Well guess what: fashion over function can sometimes be way more functional than you dare to think. DarnGoodPhotos Ever-changing random styles? It's people. R Vaquero Reading lots of comments here, one should be convinced that Apple products are pure garbage.
M Lammerse No, apple products are absolutely not pure garbage. Thoughts R Us Yawn Such art! Thoughts R Us bsd: There's an old ruling in debating, and that is when someone resorts to personal insults, they are losing the argument. Pelleplutt I don't get why so many Apple users are so undemanding.
If they use the same design for the Also, most users are not interested in doing their own hardware upgrades. But of course YMMV. Anonymous Pi And, likely, Apple's research and data show that the number of users who really want a device they can pull apart, pull things out of, and stick new things into is very small compared to those who just want it to work without hassle out of the box and actually look good on their desk.
Mach Schnell What does Retina Display actually mean? Anonymous Pi It's a marketing term, but not one entirely empty of all meaning. Mach Schnell Thanks for the explanation Anonymous Pi. Anonymous Pi Today, since most screens on most devices are probably at least at that level, but when it was initially rolled out it was more meaningful, relative to other displays. Mach Schnell It is just senseless marketing gobbletygoop. Anonymous Pi Sorry, but I think you're just displaying an irrational bias.
Mach Schnell I never said Apple makes low quality displays. Anonymous Pi They're not, because most people's eye's glaze over when they read or hear them. Not sure what a macbook comment is doing in an iMac thread? EricWN "Given its RAM, storage, screen size and port limitations, the M1 iMac will be a no-go for the most demanding professionals, but it's a very compelling options for beginners and enthusiasts.
Nicolaso Ok, you're scoring on the hardware side! We live in interesting times. Zymurgist I would have liked to have seen Blackmagic Design's Davinci Resolve included in this study. TripleCoatedBokeh Hard for me to make it past the first couple of paragraphs filled with marketing. EricWN You somehow made it all the way down to the comments section though, so it can't have been that hard.
FotografMagnus M1 does overheat, i had it run up to C during editing and exporting of a 4K video. M I Andersen For video productions, all industry platforms has updated software for M1 processor. Entropius I would be tempted by the M1's if they could run Linux. While I much prefer OS X, considering switching back to a windows build for computer.
I have a dell from like with absolutely 0 issues, ever. My wife has an acer gaming laptop, no issues ever. Jacques Cornell If you think of a "starter" computer that can later be upgraded or expanded, a Mac mini with a separate display seems to make more sense. Mister Joseph I had the M1 Air for almost a year now.
Thoughts R Us You can get an M1 Air with up to 2TB of storage, and you don't have to use iCloud as a cloud based solution if you don't want to: plenty of other cloud based services available and most users are on some cloud anyway. And this review of course is about the new iMac. I literally run my VMs Linux off my external disks. Jacques Cornell "Nullify the portability by having an external drive. HibikiTaisuna Would have been interesting to also have a section about the display and its colour accuracy, gamut and how well it can be calibrated.
KLO82 Agreed. HibikiTaisuna Self calibrating without a sensor to measure the screen? I wouldn't have believed it was possible to return to 8GB Ram until I bought it. EXkurogane Every person will have different needs in graphics cards, but you can't argue with me in regards to ram or storage space.
You can multitask to a higher level with more memory Apple sheeps and their excuses this much ram is "enough", that much space is enough. Brian OReilly Your value for money may differ from others. It's easy to pick out edge cases where it may struggle, but I would hazard a guess that unless you're editing lots of 4K video content, a fairly basic M1 machine will absolutely do the business That's why I have a bit of an issue with people being pigeonholed into 'professionals' and 'casual creators', the hardest working professionals I know are usually the ones editing on 4 year old MacBook Pros!
M I Andersen " M I Andersen No. It's not for gamers. KLO82 I don't know why Apple insists on glossy displays. M I Andersen Yes. KLO82 melgross: I guess Eizo makes matte displays for photographers because they didn't get your memo, or don't know any better. YuryVilin Ehhh, nope. Its affordable kind of. But underwhelming. Or wait for the more powerful models. Not real hard. Impulses You don't even need a hub if you have no other purpose for one, just a USB-C to female-A dongle and re-use your existing cable.
Photato Why no the option of black bezel? YuryVilin Yup, this too. I hope the screen is not glossy. YuryVilin quiquae Yes, this is in human nature. You know, getting used to all kinds of s t. Love the light bezel. Love the metal frame. McArchive The battery life is awful, Apple will fail big like they did after the mp3 device they used to make So much failing--you're going to get sick of so much failing! McArchive shhh Caledonia I probably missed this.
Kharan Judging from the numbers, they used the M1 optimized versions. Boss of Sony Who is going to buy a desktop computer with GB storage in ? I think Apple have a pretty good idea how people use their computers. Boss of Sony Elisam. Elisam That really depends on what apps and other stuff you have on your system.
Use cloud, local network or external ssd drive. At home I positively encourage saving to our network, which offers both redundancy and backup. KtheC For a lot of ordinary users they would get more bang for buck attaching a fast raid array. Even a 1 Tb drive is going to fill up rapidly.
M I Andersen Most clients like to buy the drives if they wish to keep the project files. KarmaYeshe Jup! Breakfastographer 2 I'm always looking fro. But looking at the benchmarks and price, Asus did a good job there. Indohydra Question: Can you download and work on an In Design document formatted on an older Mac and stored on a hard drive to this M1 Mac without error? Elisam The files themselves should make no difference. Jacques Cornell Elisam - "There is a Rosetta translation layer" As I understand it, Rosetta 2 works differently than the original Rosetta that accompanied the transition to Intel chips.
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It requires so much horsepower to keep It really does take a lot of power to keep this display churning. My review unit has a 4. That is a ludicrous amount of power, and the iMac acts like it. For all it can do, for all the seamless editing in Premiere and 60 frames-per-second gaming, I still see videos stutter when I scroll fast in a Safari window. I still occasionally get the dreaded beach ball as something loads.
This is hardly new: when Apple adds a Retina display to one of its devices, it often takes a year of revision and optimization before the combination feels right. Maybe see if you can surreptitiously load some 4K video and a game onto one of the display models at the Apple store. This may not be necessary for editing, but it certainly makes cutting more enjoyable.
But solid p performance in Premiere is pretty much a given these days. In the native RED codec, playback on the timeline at full or one-half quality was fairly choppy, even when the media resided on the internal SSD. When the footage was converted to ProRes , Premiere was able to play back at full 5K, fullscreen, without any noticeable stutters or delays and boy, does 5K footage look incredible on this screen.
After Effects was similarly zippy. Warp Stabilizer, 3D tracking, and motion blur all processed and rendered very quickly on this iMac. I should also say that during all this processing, the iMac remained, for all intents and purposes, silent. DP: Most people I know who buy iMacs tend to keep them for longer than your average computer. The iMac with Retina display is the rare gadget that will actually get better over time, as there are more things to do more beautifully.
The screen is so big, so deep, so vivid, that I find myself eschewing phone or tablet more than ever in favor of sitting down in front of this remarkable inch display. This screen will be everything you need a year from now. Two years from now.
Filed under: Apple. Linkedin Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email. What are you going to do with all those pixels? It takes high-end power to keep If you're buying the base model retina iMac, consider what you'll use it for This is hardly new: when Apple adds a Retina display to one of its devices, it often takes a year of revision and optimization before the combination feels right. Retina is the future of the iMac, make no mistake This screen will be everything you need a year from now. The truth is, though, that the last two years of iMacs had wide viewing angles as well, with relatively little glare, so whatever Apple did here, it feels more like it fine-tuned an already-excellent display.
Ditto for the colors: They're vivid and lifelike, but then again, I said the same thing about the last generation of iMacs. Additionally, Apple borrowed the same "organic passivation" technique it uses on its Retina iPads, which has a positive effect on both image clarity and power consumption. Speaking of the sort, Apple says this model uses 30 percent less power than the previous-gen of iMacs, which is important because no one wants a display this pixel-dense to overheat.
Behind it all, there's a custom Apple-designed timing controller chip to tell each pixel what to do. All told, my biggest complaint about the display is that you can't use it as a second screen. While some earlier iMacs could work as standalone monitors, the 5K iMac is designed to be used as an all-in-one only.
Unfortunately, too, there's currently no standalone 5K Cinema Display, though I wouldn't be surprised if one were in the works. For now, though, that means if you already own a new Mac Pro and want a super-sharp display to play back 4K content, you'll need to look to other brands. Of course you do. For the purposes of my review, I tested the entry-level model, which comes with a 3.
In general-performance benchmarks like Geekbench and Xbench, I saw a slight bump over last year's iMac, which ran on a slightly lower-clocked Intel Core i5 processor and a different GPU. Meanwhile, on Cinebench, my OpenGL test, results rose slightly from Not a big difference. It's a similar story with the boot-up: It took about 15 seconds here, compared with 13 the last time around. Very similar results, all around. But enough about benchmarks -- let's talk about 4K. I mean, that's what this machine was built for, right?
And how. To put the new iMac through its paces, I loaded up Final Cut Pro with around 10 gigabytes of 4K video clips, and then got to work editing. Much like the newest Mac Pro, which came out last year, the Retina iMac has enough horsepower that you can quickly add effects to 4K files in Final Cut Pro, even while the file is playing back. Whether it was the "camcorder" effect or a black-and-white filter, I saw my clips transform immediately, with no wait time and no pause in the playback.
Speaking of the sort, to ensure smooth playback, I enabled a setting in Final Cut Pro that causes the clip to pause when a frame drops. I'm happy to say the playback never actually paused. Oh, and in case you're wondering, it took four minutes and 53 seconds to export that 10GB project as a p file, optimized for Apple devices.
I have nothing to compare that export time to, but I will say that's the only time the iMac ever got noisy. Not loud , really, but I could definitely hear the fans start to kick in. Aside from performance potential, that's one of the bigger differences between this and the higher-end Mac Pro: The Pro stays whisper-quiet under even heavier loads. Though the Retina display iMac wasn't built for gaming, specifically, I decided to try my hand anyway.
In any case, it is indeed respectable. Even at native resolution 5, x 2, , I got frame rates of up to 26 fps average of 22 fps in the three-year-old Batman: Arkham City. That's with details and anti-aliasing both set on medium.
Once I turned off anti-aliasing and dropped the resolution to 4, x 2,, the average frame rate climbed to 34 fps. At 3, x 1,, it jumped to 52 fps. And at 2, x 1, -- the same resolution as most other high-end all-in-ones -- the game purred along at 78 frames per second. Again, I'm not saying the iMac is a gaming phenom, but the fact that it's playable at resolutions not even offered on other all-in-ones bodes well for the graphics muscle. What's that? You'd prefer to play at max settings?
Let's be real: You're probably not seriously considering buying this anyway. The Retina display iMac arrives alongside OS X Yosemite , Apple's latest desktop operating system, which became available to the general public last week following a large beta program. If you're interested in every painstaking detail, you really should read my review , but in case you don't wanna open another article right now, I'll do my best to condense everything into a few hundred words.
Basically, the most important thing you need to know is that while OS X will run on any relatively recent Mac, you'll need an iDevice of some sort to make the most of the operating system. With this latest update, you can make and receive calls on your Mac, as well as send and receive text messages, and use your iPhone as an auto-connecting hotspot.
You can also start using an app like Pages on your mobile device and pick it up on your computer, or vice versa. Likewise, you can remotely open and close Safari tabs on your iOS device, as well as view your entire iCloud search history. To do any of this, though, you need an iPhone, or maybe an iPad or iPod touch. In some cases, too, you need to be using Apple's own apps, like Safari or Mail, instead of third-party ones like Gmail.
If, like many users, you own an Android phone, or use Google Drive or OneDrive for cloud storage, many of the best new features will be useless to you. For those people, the main appeal will be the much-improved Spotlight search, some new Mail features if you even use the Mail app and a flat, iOS-inspired design. And even that has been a source of controversy among the Mac faithful.
Then again, why grouse? It's a perfectly fine operating system, and besides, it's not like you even have a choice: If you buy the new 5K iMac, this is what you're going to get. From there, you've got a few upgrade options. On the CPU side, you can step up to a 4. Finally, let's talk storage. Well, then. I'm jealous of you. If you ask Apple, the Retina display iMac's main competition doesn't necessarily come from other all-in-ones, but rather, standalone 4K displays.
It's a fair point: Dedicated monitors sometimes run thousands of dollars, and that's without a full computer inside. As I've already said, though, this is a slightly misleading argument, since the 5K iMac can't be used as a secondary display. So, if you already own a powerhouse machine and just want a stunning monitor to go with it, then the iMac's price is irrelevant; you're still going to have to pay market value for a 4K screen.
Speaking of which, not all 4K and Ultra HD displays are created or priced equal. But they're not all that expensive. In any case, Apple's marketing people are probably correct that the best-quality 4K displays cost thousands of dollars, but you definitely don't need to spend three grand for a monitor with that resolution.
And what if you do want an all-in-one with a 4K display?
The inch Apple iMac gains a p webcam, a new matte-finish screen option, and faster CPU and GPU picks. The Apple iMac inch () offers some big improvements, specs wise, compared to its predecessor, and looks set to be Apple's best all-in-one. It covers the display and is the same as what's on Apple's Mac Pro Display XDR. It's much better than a matte finish because it doesn't distort.