Apple Releases a Look at Their New 5K iMac

On Thursday the 16th, Apple released a look at its newest products: the iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, and a new, 5K iMac.

5K iMac

Image from Apple.com

Today we’ll take an in-depth look at the new iMac, and you can expect a post on the new iPads soon.

The first thing to be mentioned here is that this computer is pretty big, with a 27″ display. However, Apple went a step further and added a Retina Display, which basically means the pixels are so small that they can’t be seen with the naked eye. But wait — that’s not all! Not only does the new iMac have Retina Display, it also has a screen resolution of 5120 x 2880 (which comes out to 218 ppi). That’s 5K — not 4K, 5K. In other words, this Apple machine has a higher resolution than a movie theater screen (which is typically 4K)!

Now that we’ve looked at the display, let’s look at the performance:
iMac Graphics

Image from Apple.com

Apple tells us that its new iMac will have stunning performance, with the latest AMD graphics processors, with up to 3.5 teraflops of graphics power. This will provide stunning images, games, and 3D. Apple claims that these will provide a 45 percent performance upgrade from the Nvidia GeForce GTX-powered Macs. The new iMac will be built around the 4th-Gen Intel Core i7 processor, boasting up to 4.0 GHz with the integrated Intel TurboBoost.

Apple’s new supercomputer will utilize the new Fusion Drive system, which combines the storage capabilities of a hard drive with the performance of an SSD. You can get up to 3TB of storage total in the system, with up to 1TB of that being SSD (flash storage). The Fusion Drive will provide outstanding performance because of the way it works: the OS boots from the SSD, and most of the data is stored on the hard drive. Essentially, it’s a tower-computer drive system rolled into one unit.

The new iMac will feature the new Thunderbolt 2.0 ports for the fastest data transfer possible, with speeds up to 20GBps, 4x faster than the USB 3.0 system.

Finally, Apple topped it off with the fastest internet speeds, up to 1.3 GBps of the latest three-stream 802.11 ac WiFi. The new iMac will feature channel bandwidth of a stunning 80MHz, for about twice the bandwidth of standard channel bandwidth.

So, there you have it: Apple’s new 5K iMac, in a nutshell. If you enjoyed this post, please like and follow! Please share Handz Studioz with others in your community (online or physical), and let others whom you think would enjoy our site know about us!

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External Links:
http://www.apple.com/imac-with-retina/?cid=wwa-us-kwg-mac-com
http://www.apple.com/imac-with-retina/performance/
http://www.wired.com/2014/10/new-apple-5k-imacs/

Windows Releases Information About Its Newest OS — Windows 10

Yes. They skipped a number, we know. Hopefully this is an indication of where Microsoft is going with Windows.

With Windows 10, Microsoft did a combination of Windows 7 and Windows 8. You still have the tiles and apps of Windows 8, but the start menu is back! Joe Belfiore of Microsoft said the company wanted to bring back the familiarity of Windows 7 and the functionality of Windows 8. Maybe so, but personally I find 7 a lot more functional than 8; navigation is much easier. Whereas 8 was more of a tablet OS, Microsoft has moved back towards a computer-geared OS model for Windows 10.

Check out this video from Microsoft that shows the new OS in action!


This video shows seamless integration between Windows 10 as a tablet and a PC operating system. In PC mode, the start menu opens the “Windows 7 Start Menu” with the familiar quick launch icons, and the applications over to the side. Switch to tablet mode, and you get the Windows 8 tiles OS. Now you don’t have to use your laptop as a tablet. That was one of my biggest frustrations with the tile system of 8. Thank you Microsoft!

Windows 10 features a new “task view” that is reminiscent of the Mac taskbar, and resizing windows that automatically fill the screen or change layout to match the window size. Users will get keyboard shortcuts that were missing in Windows 8 back, and although that might not be the most groundbreaking news, ctrl+c and other shortcuts can be the most powerful functions on a machine.

Is Microsoft feeling guilty about 8, so they skipped straight to double digits with 10? Perhaps. Microsoft only revealed a few thing about Windows 10, but we will keep you up to date as Microsoft releases more information. You can’t get 10 yet for about a year, unfortunately; Windows 10 is due to release in late 2015.

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