Apple unveil new 21.5 inch Retina iMac as well as new accessories and more in latest updates!

Retina iMac 21 27

We had a feeling it was coming, whilst Apple have been widely renowned for their 5K 27 inch iMac, their was always going to come the time when we asked, what about the 21.5 inch model, and today Apple have the answer for us.

Alongside a wide variety of updates to the iMac category, Apple unveiled the 21.5 inch 4K Retina iMac. Whilst 4K might not be as impressive as a wave of devices now offer that, it’s still nice to see it implemented in to a device we can actually feel it working with, a Desktop computer.

Similar to the 5K iMac which, like the 21 inches non-Retina variant, did also see an update come today, the 4K iMac doesn’t offer much more than just a better display under the hood, but Apple do at least allow you to push the device further in terms of customisable options for the iMac models. Although it’s also worth noting that whilst the 21.5 inch iMac will also be available in a non-Retina 1080p model, the 27 inch iMac is now all-in on Retina with no 2560 x 1440 variant to be found.

Pushed to the limit

But, I’m sure you’re thinking it, how far can we push the iMacs now with the new updates, and how much do they cost;

Non-retina 21.5

Like before, the 21.5 iMac has a pointless lower end model which honestly should be removed, as before, for £899. For that you get 1.6Ghz Dual-Core Laptop variant Core i5 Processor, 1TB HDD, 8GB RAM and the older variant Intel HD Graphics 6000.

Spend just a little bit more at £1050, that changes to the latest gen 2.8GHz Quad Core Intel Core i5 and the latest Intel HD 6200. Which when you consider the small difference in price, wouldn’t it of just been better for Apple just to price this at £999 and make it the base model.

Max configurations

  • Up to 16GB 1867Mhz LPDDR3 RAM
  • Up to 2TB Fusion Drive or 256GB Flash Storage
  • All models come with the Magic Mouse 2 or Magic Trackpad 2 and the new Magic Keyboard
  • 2.8Ghz Quad Core Intel Core i5

Retina 21.5

Spending even less more at £1199 gets you the new Retina 21.5 iMac, which other than starting with a clock speed of 3.1GHz instead of 2.8GHz, shares more or less everything from the £1050 iMac we mentioned before, but of course takes away sRGB and replaces it with a Retina 4K 4096 x 2304 P3 Display

Max configurations

  • Up to 3.3GHz Quad Core Intel Core i7
  • Up to 16GB 1867Mhz LPDDR3 RAM
  • Up to 2TB Fusion Drive or 512GB Flash Storage
  • All models come with the Magic Mouse 2 or Magic Trackpad 2 and the new Magic Keyboard

Retina 27 update

As with the previous generation 27 inch 5K iMac, Apple are really pitting this as being the closest thing to the Mac Pro in iMac enclosure as possible and they’re continuing this with the new updates for the 5K iMac. The base 27 iMac now is Retina out of the box starting at £1449, and for just £150 more you can switch from a 1TB HDD to a 1TB Fusion Drive. All 27 iMacs come with Dedicated AMD GPUs, but can be pushed as far as this;

  • Up to 4.0GHz Quad Core Intel Core 7
  • Up to 32GB 1867Mhz DDR3 SDRAM
  • Up to 3TB Fusion Drive or 1TB Flash Storage
  • Either AMD Radeon R9 M395 or M395X with either 2GB or 4GB of dedicated VRAM
  • All models come with the Magic Mouse 2 or Magic Trackpad 2 and the new Magic Keyboard

New accessories

Magic Mouse Keyboard Trackpad 2

Whilst the changes maybe minute, Apple have also announced whole new versions of their Mouse, Keyboard and Trackpad which of course will all be included in all new iMac options, but of course available to purchase for existing iMac or other PC/Macs as well. Whilst Apple still don’t offer a better Wired keyboard than the “Apple Mouse”, which is genuinely the same “Mighty Mouse” we all hate, these new Wireless options are actually really good and whilst the improvements aren’t major, they sure help them catch up and go forward. One thing we are definitely disappointed about is, if you’re not getting an iMac which comes with them, they’ve certainly become a whole lot more expensive!

Apple Magic Trackpad 2 (£109)

This is probably the biggest feature increase in terms of the new accessories Apple has premiered today. The Magic Trackpad 2 offers a new sleeker design which now tapers all around making the device much more stable on uneven surfaces, a problem we’ve all had sometimes even from the smallest crumb of dust. But the big feature is adding Force Touch to the iMac, and I suppose we could say Mac mini and Mac Pro too as this will work with all Macs. Now Macs other than the MacBook and MacBook Pro Retina will be able to take advantage of the Force Touch features found in Yosemite / El Capitan.

The Magic Trackpad 2 does offer a new way to remain powered, instead of using Batteries which the device eat through rather quickly, the Magic Trackpad 2 has a Lightning port at the back, which after just an hour is fully charged.

Apple Magic Keyboard (£79)

Quite why this doesn’t deserve a 2 at the end of it is questionable and confusing, but admittedly the new Apple Magic Keyboard doesn’t offer much different from it’s previous counterpart which we’ve loved typing on for so long. The new Magic Keyboard takes upon the same style tapered design found in the Trackpad 2, which we will admit again will be very useful for keeping the keyboard more sturdy, which is more important in much more situations than with a Trackpad.

One of the big ways Apple has managed to alleviate the tapered sides is by removing the requirement for AA Batteries in replacement with a Lightning charge at the back of the keyboard. Apple claim after an hour the Magic Keyboard will be fully charged.

Apple Magic Mouse 2 (£65)

The only mention of changes that have come to the Magic Mouse 2 is a better build, which is strange as we never had much complaints about the first Apple Magic Mouse. Having said that, this maybe due to the fact the last Magic Mouse was the first Apple made mouse that didn’t make us want to pull our hair out, but we won’t complain about a better and more sturdy build we suppose.

One interesting thing which has changed as well on the Magic Mouse 2, is the ability to charge the device using Lightning connection, instead of AA batteries. Whilst Apple did, and still do sell, a Battery Charger, it was never ideal especially when the Magic Mouse died so quickly, but now just an hour charge.

Source: Apple

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