Apple Updates iMac Family, adds new trackpads, mice and keyboards

Macworld Australia Staff
14 October, 2015
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Apple today updated the entire iMac family, bringing a new Retina 4K display to the 21.5in iMac and the Retina 5K display to every 27in iMac. The updated iMacs also feature more powerful processors and graphics, two Thunderbolt 2 ports and new storage options.

Apple today also introduced a new lineup of wireless accessories including the all-new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2. The Magic devices have been redesigned to feel more comfortable than ever, and feature rechargeable batteries that eliminate the need for disposable batteries. The new Magic Trackpad 2 also brings Apple’s Force Touch interface to the desktop, adding a new dimension to the iMac experience.

The 21.5in iMac is available with the all-new Retina 4K display featuring a 4096 x 2304 resolution and 9.4 million pixels, 4.5 times more than the standard 21.5in iMac display. Every 27in iMac features a Retina 5K display, the world’s highest resolution all-in-one display with a stunning 14.7 million pixels, 7 times more pixels than an HD display.

The new Retina displays feature a wider colour gamut that brings more brilliant and true-to-life colours to your desktop. With standard sRGB-based displays, many of the colours you see in real life never make it to your screen. The new Retina 5K and 4K displays feature a wider P3-based colour gamut that provides a 25 percent larger colour space, and with more available colours, images are more vivid, reveal even greater detail and appear more lifelike than ever.

The new 27in iMac with Retina 5K display now comes with sixth-generation Intel Core processors and the latest AMD high-performance graphics that deliver up to 3.7 teraflops of compute power. The new 21.5in iMac with Retina 4K display features a fifth-generation Intel Core processor and enhanced Intel Iris Pro Graphics. Two Thunderbolt 2 ports now come standard on all iMacs and deliver up to 20Gbps data transfer speeds for external drives and high-performance peripherals. And three stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi allows iMac to support up to 1.3Gbps wireless networking.

Fusion Drive combines the large storage capacity of a hard drive with the high performance of flash to deliver shorter boot times and faster access to apps and files. Fusion Drive pairs a 1TB hard drive with 24GB of fast flash and is also available with 2TB and 3TB configurations with 128GB of fast flash. For the ultimate in storage performance, optional all flash storage is available up to 1TB and is now up to 2.5 times faster.

The all-new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2 are more comfortable, capable and environmentally friendly. Designed around a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery, all three accessories eliminate the need for disposable batteries.

The new Magic Keyboard features a full-size keyboard in a new design that takes up 13 percent less space on your desktop. With a new scissor mechanism and lower profile, the Magic Keyboard provides an incredibly stable, precise and comfortable typing experience.

The new Magic Mouse 2 is lighter, sturdier and features an optimised foot design for a smoother glide.

The new Magic Trackpad 2 features a 29 percent larger surface and brings Force Touch to the desktop for the first time. Force Touch enables a range of new ways to interact with your Mac, including the new Force click to quickly look up a word, preview a file or bring up a map from an address. The new Magic devices pair instantly with your Mac as soon as they are plugged in via the Lightning-to-USB charging cable, and can last about a month or more on a full charge.

Pricing and availability

The 27in iMac with Retina 5K display is available today at Apple.com/au, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorised Resellers. The 27in iMac comes in three models starting at RRP $2799 including GST, RRP $3099 including GST and RRP $3599 including GST.

Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at www.apple.com/au/imac.

The 21.5in iMac is available today at Apple.com/au, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorised Resellers. The 21.5in iMac is available in three models starting at RRP $1699 including GST and RRP $1999 including GST and with a Retina 4K display starting at RRP $2299 including GST.

Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at www.apple.com/au/imac.

Every new iMac comes standard with the new Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2, and customers can order the new Magic Trackpad 2 as an option. The new Magic accessories are also available at Apple.com/au, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorised Resellers. Magic Keyboard is available starting today for RRP $165 including GST. Magic Mouse 2 is available starting today for RRP $129 including GST. And the Magic Trackpad 2 is available starting today for RRP $199 including GST.

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  1. Tonii Gramsci says:

    Apple’s upgrades are asking customers to pay more for less. This has certainly been the trend here in Australia. What use is a Fusion drive with 24gb of Flash ram?

  2. Macworld Australia Staff says:

    Well, the OS is less than 7GB. Throw in your key apps and you get a solid performance boost.

    The idea of Fusion Drive is that you’re most used files are moved to the fastest media.

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