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Apple updates iMac range, brings Retina display to every screen size

Cupertino's new all-in-ones also feature upgraded processors and storage options

Apple updates iMac range, brings Retina display to every screen size
The Retina 21.5-inch iMac starts at $1,499, and comes with a 3.1 GHz quad-core i5 processor

Apple has updated its iMac range, bringing the 4K Retina display to the 21.5-inch all-in-one desktop and the 5K Retina display to the entire range of the 27-inch version. Previously, a Retina display was only available on the top-end 27-inch iMac.

Aside from updated displays, the new iMacs feature more powerful processers and graphics, two Thunderbolt 2 ports and new storage options.

"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."

The 21.5-inch iMac is available with the all-new Retina 4K display featuring a 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, with 14.7 million pixels, 7 times more pixels than an HD display.

That said, the Retina display on the 21.5-inch iMac is still an option - Apple will continue to sell cheaper, non-Retina iMacs for that screen size.

In terms of the innards, the base 21.5-inch version comes with a 1.6 GHz dual-core i5 Intel Broadwell processor, Intel HD Graphics 6000 and can be specced with up to 16 GB of RAM and a 1TB Fusion Drive, or else a 256 GB solid-state drive (SSD). That model starts at $1,099. There's also a $1,299 non-Retina version that comes with a 2.8 GHz quad-core i5 Broadwell processor, Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200, and can be specced with up to 2 TB Fusion Drive or a 512 GB SSD.

The Retina 21.5-inch iMac starts at $1,499, and comes with a 3.1 GHz quad-core i5 and can also be specced with a 2TB Fusion Drive.

Fusion Drive combines the large storage capacity of a traditional hard drive with the performance of flash to deliver shorter boot times and faster access to apps and files. It automatically moves the files and apps that users use most often to flash storage. The 1TB option pairs a 1TB hard drive with 24GB of fast flash. The 2TB and 3TB configurations come with 128GB of fast flash for more demanding workloads.

The all-Retina 27-inch range, meanwhile, starts at $1,799 with a 3.2 GHz quad-core i5 Intel Skylake processor, Radeon M380 2GB graphics and a 1TB hard drive. Fusion Drive up to 3TB can be specced. The most expensive model in the range is $2,299, and that comes with a 3.3 GHz quad-core i5 and Radeon M395 2GB graphics.

Apple also used its new iMac announcement to introduce a new line-up of wireless accessories including an updated Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2. Apple said that the Magic devices have been redesigned to feel more comfortable, and feature rechargeable batteries. The new Magic Trackpad 2 also brings Apple's Force Touch interface to the desktop.

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