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Apple has updated its entire iMac family, bringing 4K display to the 21.5-inch iMac

By Wong Chung Wee - on 14 Oct 2015, 1:58pm

Apple has updated its entire iMac family, bringing 4K display to the 21.5-inch iMac

(Image source: Apple)

Apple has updated its entire iMac family by bringing Retina 4K display to the 21.5-inch iMac. In addition, all 27-inch iMac will sport Retina 5K displays as a standard feature! There’s only one model of the 21.5-inch iMac that sports the Retina 4K display, it’s priced from S$2,288 onwards, and features a quad-core 3.1GHz Intel Core i5 processor. Its graphics compute requirements are handled by the processor’s onboard Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 chipset. The other two 21.5-inch iMac, sans 4K display, are priced from S$1,988 onwards and S$1,648 onwards respectively. The cheapest 21.5-inch machine features a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 CPU and its onboard graphics chipset is the Intel HD Graphics 6000. The middle child features a 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and it shares the same graphics chipset as its Retina 4K brethren. All 21.5-inch systems come with 8GB of system RAM that can be configured to support a maximum of 16GB. Their storage options include a 1TB HDD.

The 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display (Image source: Apple)

Just last year, we reviewed the 27-inch iMac that sports a Retina 5K display. Now, Apple has made this display a standard feature for all new 27-inch iMacs. There are three new models, and the highest-end one has a starting price of S$3,388. It sports a 3.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU and a discrete AMD Radeon R9 M395, with 2GB of video memory. The other two models are priced from S$2,988 onwards and S$2,688 onwards respectively. They each sport a quad-core 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 processor. Besides getting the Retina 5K display, the 27” iMac machines offer more options for system RAM and storage options; they support up to 32GB of system RAM, and users can opt for hybrid HDDs, up to 3TB in capacity, or up to 512GB of flash storage.

(Image source: Apple)

In terms of upgrade paths, we feel the updated 21.5” iMac without the Retina 4K will be the least popular option. By forking out additional S$300, you will get to enjoy the visual experience of a 21.5” Retina 4K display. In addition, Apple has updated the accessories of the iMac family with its re-designed Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2. Buyers can also opt for the new Magic Trackpad 2. The Magic Keyboard is available now at S$148, the Magic Mouse 2 is priced at S$118. Last of all, the Magic Trackpad 2 is also for sale at S$189.

(Source: Apple)

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