Apple has just announced a new 21.5-inch Retina 4K iMac and an updated 27-inch Retina 5K iMac with better color gamut, Intel Broadwell and Skylake chipsets, a lower priced Fusion Drive options, and new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2—which Force Touch!—accessories.
- Read our 21.5-inch 4K iMac and 27-inch 5K iMac FAQ
- Read our Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2 FAQ
The new 21.5-inch Retina 4K iMac starts at $1499 for a 4096 x 2304 display, 3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz), Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200, 8GB of 1867MHz LPDDR3 memory, and 1TB 5400-rpm hard drive. Build-to-order (BTO) options include 3.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz), 16 GB of memory, Fusion Drive from 1 TB to 2 TB, or flash drive from 256 GB to 512 GB.
The updated 27-inch Retina 5K iMac starts at $1799 for a 5120 x 2880, 3.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz), AMD Radeon R9 M380 with 2GB GDDR5, 8GB (2x4GB) of 1867MHz DDR3 memory, and 1TB 7200-rpm hard drive. Build-to-order (BTO) options max out at 4.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 4.2GHz), AMD Radeon R9 M395X with 4GB GDDR5, 32 GB of memory, 3 TB Fusion Drive, or 1 TB flash drive.
Both come with redesigned and rechargeable—via Lighning-to-USB cable—Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2, with optional Magic Trackpad 2. Separately, Magic Keyboard costs $99, Magic Mouse 2 costs $79 and Magic Trackpad 2 (with Force Touch) costs $129.
The new iMacs and Magic Accessories are available at Apple.com, Apple Retail, and authorized resellers. If you're thinking of picking any of it up, let me know in the comments!
Apple Updates iMac Family with Stunning New Retina Displays
New Wireless Accessories Bring Force Touch to the Desktop
CUPERTINO, California — October 13, 2015 — Apple® today updated the entire iMac® family, bringing a stunning new Retina® 4K display to the 21.5-inch iMac for the first time and the Retina 5K display to every 27-inch iMac. The new Retina displays make photos and videos more immersive and true-to-life thanks to a wider color gamut and spectacular image quality. The updated iMacs also feature more powerful processors and graphics, two Thunderbolt® 2 ports and new storage options that make the high-performance Fusion Drive even more affordable.
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 completely eliminate the need for disposable batteries. The new Magic Trackpad 2 also brings Apple's revolutionary Force Touch interface to the desktop, adding a new dimension to the iMac experience.
"From the first iMac to today, the spirit of iMac has never wavered — deliver the ultimate desktop experience with the latest technologies, gorgeous displays and cutting-edge designs," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "These are the most stunning iMacs we've ever made. With our gorgeous new Retina displays, more powerful processors and graphics and all-new Magic accessories, the new iMac continues to redefine the ultimate desktop experience."
With Retina display, text appears sharper than ever, videos are unbelievably lifelike and you can see new levels of detail in your photos. The 21.5-inch iMac is available with the all-new Retina 4K display featuring an amazing 4096 x 2304 resolution and 9.4 million pixels, 4.5 times more than the standard 21.5-inch iMac display. Every 27-inch 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. With a Retina display now on the 21.5-inch iMac and every 27-inch iMac, iMac with Retina display is more affordable than ever.
The new Retina displays feature a wider color gamut that brings more brilliant and true-to-life colors to your desktop. With standard sRGB-based displays, many of the colors you see in real life never make it to your screen. The new Retina 5K and 4K displays feature a wider P3-based color gamut that provides a 25 percent larger color space, and with more available colors, images are more vivid, reveal even greater detail and appear more lifelike than ever.
Faster and more powerful than ever, the new 27-inch 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 21.5-inch 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 works in conjunction with OS X® to adapt to the way you use your iMac and automatically moves the files and apps you use most often to flash storage. The incredible performance of Fusion Drive is now more affordable with a new, lower-priced configuration that pairs a 1TB hard drive with 24GB of fast flash. Fusion Drive is also available with 2TB and 3TB configurations with 128GB of fast flash for more demanding workloads. 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 and feature a noticeably more solid internal structure and quality feel. The new Magic Keyboard features a full-size keyboard in a sleek 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 optimized 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.***
Every new Mac comes with OS X El Capitan, the latest version of OS X that refines the Mac experience and improves system performance. El Capitan builds on the groundbreaking features and beautiful design of OS X Yosemite, with updates to window management, built-in apps and Spotlight® search, and performance improvements to make everyday activities — like launching and switching apps, opening PDFs and accessing email — faster and more responsive. El Capitan was specifically designed for the Retina display and features a new system font called San Francisco that has been fine-tuned for optimal readability on a Retina display.
iMovie®, GarageBand® and the suite of iWork® apps come free with every new iMac. iMovie, updated today to support 4K video, lets you easily create beautiful movies, and you can use GarageBand to make new music or learn to play piano or guitar. The iWork suite of Pages®, Numbers® and Keynote® makes it easy to create, edit and share stunning documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Pages, Numbers and Keynote for iCloud® let you create a document on iPhone® or iPad®, edit it on your Mac and collaborate with friends, even if they are on a PC.
Pricing & Availability
The 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display is available today at Apple.com, Apple's retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. The 27-inch iMac comes in three models starting at $1,799 (US), $1,999 (US) and $2,299 (US). Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at www.apple.com/imac.
The 21.5-inch iMac is available today at Apple.com, Apple's retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. The 21.5-inch iMac is available in three models starting at $1,099 (US) and $1,299 (US) and with a Retina 4K display starting at $1,499 (US). Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at www.apple.com/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, Apple's retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. Magic Keyboard is available starting today for $99 (US). Magic Mouse 2 is available starting today for $79 (US). And the Magic Trackpad 2 is available starting today for $129 (US).
*Actual speed will vary based on range, connection rate, site conditions, size of network and other factors.
**Testing conducted by Apple in September 2015 using preproduction and shipping 27-inch iMac configurations. For more information visit www.apple.com/imac/features.
***Testing conducted by Apple in September 2015 using preproduction Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2 devices, firmware and software with shipping iMac systems.
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I will be getting a 27" 5k iMac once they update the website as I'm still only seeing the old model.
Not on the store yet. Sent from the iMore App
On store now.
I'm shocked the keyboard doesn't have the new butterfly style keys of the MacBook. Too any complaints about it so they compromised a new style?
The butterfly keys allow for a thinner design Macbook but they don't have as good a feel as the standard keyboards. In the long run, though, if customers end up accepting them I would expect Apple to fold them into their entire product line in order to provide a consistent typing experience. Right now the butterfly keys definitely take some getting used to and I imagine it might be a bit jarring to switch back and forth in the course of the day, Then again, history has shown that younger users couldn't care less about the tactile feel of keyboards...
Since there's no mention of compatibility requirements, can we assume that the Force Touch features are self-contained within the trackpad and will therefore work with any Mac running El Capitan? Incidentally, according to Apple's online chat help, they're not available in stores yet and they couldn't disclose a date.
What's with the 5400 rpm hard drive existing at this point? Sloths fight leopards. You can't open a bag of chips. Clearly humans are the weaker species.
For the same reason there's still a 16GB iPhone?
IOW, for people with neither sufficient dollars nor sense.
I just purchased a 27" retina iMac fully specced out less than a month ago. Got it delivered on 9/22.
Haven't even unboxed it yet & Apple drops a new one with new peripherals.
Going to try for an exchange even though it's past 14 days. Sent from the iMore App
You haven't opened your brand new computer in 3 weeks?
No, had been really busy & waiting to purchase a standing desk to put it on.
Was allowed to return it & just purchased the new model. Posted via the iMore App for Android
Not just new peripherals. It also has a better display.
Absolutely!! Posted via the iMore App for Android
I wouldn't stress it, It's going to be minimally different to the late 2014 model.
We had the same question with the IMac we just bought. We even inboxed ours and set it up, but only had it for a few days. We figured we'd just go down to the Apple Store and see what they could do. The great news is they didn't have any issues with that at all and returned it. I tried to reinstall the hard drive but it had the same stuff on there after it was done so I don't know. Even that they didn't care about. No matter the issue we've had they have always gone above and beyond to help us. Same thing happened when we bought a new iPad at Target. After we bought it we decided we wanted the 128gb iPad. We took it down there and they had no problems letting us exchange them. So I would say you should have no problem exchanging it, especially if it hasn't even been unboxed yet.
Thanks for sharing your experiences. I was able to return it at my local apple store with no issue.
I ordered a 4.0ghz model fully specced out (except for ram) which will be delivered by 10/30. Posted via the iMore App for Android
Skylake FTW! but the older models will be going for firesale prices at Apple retailers.
Anyone know if you can use these new iMacs as an external monitor? Sent from the iMore App
If they are shipping with new keyboard and magic mouse, etc., does this mean the OS X version is 10.11.1 because AFAIK, that has the code support for these new devices?
Force touch is built into El Capitan so even older Macs can get Force Touch support with the new Magic Trackpad as long the Mac in question can run El Cap.
You can use target display mode but only the 21" 4k will get full benefit 4k content that you are showing on them, provided you have a newer Macbook Pro with Thunderbolt 2. The 27" 5k can be used but until Thunderbolt 3 shows up the highest it will render is 4K.
Thanks for the info. Sent from the iMore App
Gone is the old 1080p 27" iMac. Sent from the iMore App
OMG!!! This articles makes me want to buy a whole set of iMac, keyboard, and touchpad!!
@Renee, it looks like Apple also updated some options on the Mac Mini as well. You can get the new 2TB Fusion Drive as well as the new Keyboard, Mouse and Trackpad.
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