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Apple Updates 27-inch iMac With 5K Retina Display, Available Today

Plus, new Mac minis.

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While those looking for a MacBook Air with Retina Display will have to wait, desktop fans who have wanted a Retina iMac are finally getting their wish.

Today, Apple introduced a new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display. “There has never been a desktop display like this,” said Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller. “It is simply stunning.”

The 27-inch display has a resolution of 5,120 by 2,800 pixels — seven times more pixels than regular HD TVs and 67 percent more pixels than 4K, according to Apple. The most recent 27-inch iMac has a 2,560 by 1,440 pixel display.

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Despite the higher resolution screen, Apple said the new iMac consumes 30 percent less energy before due to proprietary technology. It measures 5mm thick at its edge, and features an updated 3.5GHz quad-core i5 Intel processor, AMD Radeon R9 M290x graphics and 8 gigabytes of RAM.

While Apple touted that fact that the iMac costs less than most 4K TVs, the all-in-one is still costly with a starting price of $2,499. The non-Retina 27-inch iMac now starts at $1,799 and the 21.5-inch iMac starts at $1,099.

In addition to the Retina iMac, Apple today announced the new iPads, the release of OS X Yosemite and the rollout of Apple Pay.

The company also finally refreshed its Mac mini, which was last updated in 2012. The new Mac mini features fourth-generation Intel processors, Intel graphics, two Thunderbolt 2 ports and support for the faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. The base model begins at $499, about $100 less than the previous version.

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