Apple’s new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display is a stunning beauty with an astounding 14.7 million pixels, making it the world’s highest resolution display. At this level of resolution, text appears razor sharp, videos more lifelike, and photos will reveal detail most people never knew existed.

The resolution is 5120 x 2880, which means it has four times as many pixels as the standard 27-inch iMac, which, of course, already has a fantastic display. The Retina 5K display has 67 percent more pixels than a 4K display. In a professional video editing app like Final Cut Pro, you can view 4K video (for the new high resolution HDTVs) at full size while still leaving room for editing tools.

Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller boasted that the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display “is the most insanely great Mac we have ever made.”

He might be right.

To manage those 14.7 million pixels, Apple had to invent new solutions to get the job done. Apple says the iMac with Retina 5K display uses a single supercharged Apple-designed timing controller (TCON), with four times the bandwidth, to drive all 14.7 million pixels. Meanwhile, the iMac with Retina 5K display also uses highly efficient LEDs to reduce display power consumption by a whopping 30 percent. To improve the contrast ratio, iMac with Retina 5K display uses a new photo alignment process and a compensation film to deliver blacker blacks and more vibrant colors from any viewing angle.

The Powerful Processors

The new iMac with Retina 5K display comes with a 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz. If you’re really power-mad, you can — for the first time — configure the new iMac with a 4 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.4 GHz. Every new iMac with Retina 5K display also comes with AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics and can be configured with AMD Radeon R9 M295X graphics, delivering up to 3.5 teraflops of computing power, which Apple says is the most powerful graphics ever offered on an iMac. iMac with Retina 5K display comes standard with 8GB of memory and a 1TB Fusion Drive — also a first time standard feature.

The new iMac can be configured with up to 32GB of memory, a 3TB Fusion Drive, or up to 1TB of super-fast, PCIe-based flash storage. In addition, iMac with Retina 5K display includes two Thunderbolt 2 ports that deliver up to 20Gbps each, twice the bandwidth of the previous generation.

Wow. Just wow.

If you happened to be on the fence between a Mac Pro and an iMac, the new iMac has become astoundingly compelling for prosumers, professionals, and anyone who has the budget to deliver a fantastic computing experience.

And what does all this luscious iMac joy cost? About $2,499.

Is it worth it? If you can afford it and appreciate photos and video editing, it’s worth it. If you spend hours upon hours working in front of a Mac screen everyday, it’s worth it. Perhaps more importantly, the new 27-inch iMac delivers a compelling reason to invest in a desktop again, a home-base computing world, freeing you up to go mobile with a lean and mean MacBook Air or iPad.

Apple will continue to offer its non-Retina iMac lineup, of course, alongside the newest addition.

Check Out the New iMac at Amazon:

Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display

Apple 27-inch iMac (2560×1440 resolution)

Apple 21.5-inch iMac (1920×1080 resolution)

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I've been writing about the tech industry since the birth of the email newsletter, and I still remember the clacking Mac keyboards from high school -- Apple's seed-planting strategy at work. I'm a big fan of elegant gear and great tech, but there's something to be said for turning it all off -- or most of it -- to go outside. Online I like to call out cool stuff on Wicked Cool Bite and blog with my buddies at Man Makes Fire. To catch me, take a "firstnamelastname" guess at the url of this site.