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First look: Eyes-on with the new iMac's super-resolution 5K Retina display

Apple's all-in-one desktop received a major upgrade on Thursday with the unveiling of the new iMac, featuring an ultra-high-resolution 5K Retina display that will be a major selling point for professional users working with high-resolution images.




The new iMac with Retina display was unveiled at a presentation at Apple's corporate campus in Cupertino, Calif., and AppleInsider was on-hand to get a first look at the new 5K screen.

The new iMac has the same body as its predecessor, but packs in an incredible 5K-resolution display that allows photographers to see 17-megapixel images images in their entirety on the display. It also has enough horsepower to zoom into even larger photos, as our brief hands-on time showed the system is very fast.




The new iMac also allows videographers to edit 4K video at full-screen resolution within Apple's Final Cut Pro X.

At first look, it's also clear that the new iMac really shows off the newly released OS X Yosemite. Frankly we felt the new operating system looks a little plain on standard-resolution displays, but it really pops on the new 5K Retina display.




Unfortunately Apple didn't have the new Mac mini on display at the hands-on area at Thursday's event. The company's small, affordable desktop gained Intel Haswell processors and saw a price cut to $499.