Updated 04:30 PM EST, Tue, Jan 18, 2022

iMac 2014 Reviews: 5K Retina Model The Same as 2013 Version?

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Apple's newest 27-inch iMac sporting Retina 5K Display has just been released, but reviews claimed that the latest desktop flagship appears to be a 2013 ripoff, set the million-pixel resolution aside.

In the new iMac's teardown video, iFixit noted that the desktop has a 51.6 cm height, 65 cm width and 20.3 cm stand-up. It weighs 21 lbs. It has also retained the traditional slimness of its heritage versions.

Surprisingly, the outlet found that the interior of the iMac was very much similar to its 2013 predecessor. For instance, the PCIe SSD used by the current iMac is the same drive found in the 2013 Retina Macbook Pro.

Sporting a 5180×2880 resolution, TechCrunch reported that the Retina iMac is the world's highest resolution display. The source also noted that the device, performance-wise, does not "stutter."

Specifically, the new iMac displays 218 pixels per inch -- amounting to 14.7 million pixels for the entire screen. According to Wall Street OTC, it has 67% more pixels compared to a 4K television screen. To date, the source added that it is the best purchase for "heavy" photo and video editing.

PC Mag described that graphic artists and photo editors will be able to see magazine-quality resolution in their outputs.

The Retina iMac's display thinness comes at 5 mm. Such display was reported to consume 30% less power compared to earlier models. How this happens was explained by Macworld, citing Apple's "engineering feat." Accordingly, the Cupertino-based tech giant has devised a technology that makes use of a specialized timing controller.

Such controller was said to instruct pixels what to do. This works alongside Apple's organic passivation technology, which prevents pixel leakage. Apple prides the oxide-based Thin Film Transistor (TFT) as the heart of its display panel.

The back of the iMac has nine ports, including a headphone jack, an SDXC card slot, four USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 2 ports and an ethernet port. The RAM remains to be replaceable.

Apple has priced the new iMac to start at $2,499. This cost includes a 3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMD's Radeon R9 M290x GPU, 8 GB of RAM and the 1TB Fusion Drive. These specs make it possible for Apple to claim that the new desktop is the fastest iMac yet.

It is worth mentioning that the new iMac comes with Turbo Boost 2.0, which provides automatic speed increases during usage of "processor-intensive" applications like Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro. The desktop will run Apple's OS X Yosemite.

Watch iFixit's teardown video of the Retina 5K Display iMac below.

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