Apple updates iMacs with 4K and 5K Retina displays

Apple has updated its iMac range with Retina 4K and 5K displays, and Force Touch technology through a new line of accessories

Apple has updated its iMac range with new Retina displays and Force Touch capabilities thanks to a new line of wireless accessories.

The 21.5-inch standard iMac now features a Retina 4K display for the first time, while the 27-inch range has been updated to sport Retina 5K displays.

The company has released three wireless accessories, the Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2, to bring its Force Touch technology to its desktop models. All three feature rechargable batteries, and each new iMac will come with a new Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2 as standard. The Magic Trackpad 2 is sold separately.

The Magic Keyboard, Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Mouse 2

First introduced with the Apple Watch, Force Touch uses pressure-sensitive technology to open menus dependent upon the pressure applied to the surface.

iMac: now with 4K and 5K displays

The 12-inch MacBook was the first of Apple’s computers to contain the updated trackpad and scissor-mechanism keyboard when it was released in May, before they were integrated into the 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models. A ‘Taptic Engine’ delivers the sensation of a click via the trackpad’s capactive glass surface, which is actually solid and does not depress. Four force sensors detect how much pressure you’re applying to the surface in order to open the new menu.

The new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6scontain an extension of Force Touch known as 3D Touch, which allows users to preview links and other types of media before fully opening it through new feature Peek and Pop, as well as open shortcut menus on the home screen under Quick Actions.

The 21.5-inch iMac’s 4K display features a 4096 x 2304 resolution and 9.4m pixels, which the company claims is 4.5 times more than the standard non-4K model’s display. It contains a fifth-gen Intel Core processor and enhanced Intel Iris Pro Graphics, with two Thunderbolt 2 ports for up to 20Gbps data transfer speeds for external drives. The 21.5-inch iMac is available in three models starting at £899 and £1,049 and with a Retina 4K display starting at £1,199.

The 27-inch Mac boasts what Applealleges is the world’s highest resolution all-in-one display with 14.7m pixels, which is seven times more than an HD display. The 27-inch iMac comes in three models starting at £1,449, £1,599 and £1,849.

The new iMacs will be the first models to ship with latest OS X operating system, El Capitan.

Purchased separately, the Magic Keyboard costs £79, the Magic Mouse 2 is £65 and the Magic Trackpad 2 retails for £109.

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