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New Retina iMacs, new keyboard, new trackpad, new mouse. Apple has been busy

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It might be a quieter holiday week the USA, but Apple has kicked out a range of updated products today. Retina iMacs right down to a new magic mouse.

Apple today updated their entire iMac family. There is a new retina 4K display option on the 21.5 inch model and every 27 inch model will have the 5K Retina display. The new 21.5 inch's screen has a 4096 x 2304 resolution and 9.4 million pixels, that's 4.5 times more than previous model.

“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. With our gorgeous new Retina displays, more powerful processors and graphics and all-new Magic accessories, the new iMac continues to redefine the ultimate desktop experience.”

The displays on the new models also have a wider P3 colour gamut that provides a 25% bigger colour space. Two Thunderbolt 2 ports are standard across the range as is the three stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

The Fusion Drive options are more affordable and can be configured up to 3TB.  If you want the fastest iMac, there is an all Flash 1TB option that will add $700 to the bill, a processor update to 4.0 GHz for $250, 32GB of RAM for $600 and a GPU bump of 4GB memory for $250.

The machines will come with El Capitan installed.

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The 21.5 inch iMac comes in three models starting at $1,099 to $1,299 and $1,499 for the Retina 4K version

The 27 inch iMac also comes in three models at $1,799 to $1,999 and $2,299 depending on the configuration.


Before we go on, please take the time to read the excellent article 'The Inside Story of Apple’s New iMacs' published on medium.com. It goes into quite a lot of detail about the new Macs and how the peripherals were designed and tested. Well worth 15 minutes to witness some rare Apple glasnost.

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Photo from Medium.com

It also give us an idea what also happens in the building on Vallco Parkway, the place were Apple briefed the attendees of the FCPX Creative Summit over the summer.


Which takes us nicely to the range of peripherals, which to be honest we are more excited about than the new iMacs.

Apple has released three 'magic' peripherals.



Apple Magic Keyboard @ $99
Apple Magic trackpad 2 @ $129
Apple magic Mouse 2 @79

A few thoughts about each. We like the keyboard, but we are a fan of the right hand side number keypad. It will be good though to stop having to replace those batteries in the roll at the top. Let us see how long before the third party editing overlays, buttons and custom keyboards take to reach the market.

Sadly no Force Touch on the new mouse, but again we will be very happy not to have to keep replacing batteries as they seem to run out just at the wrong moment! Lost connection, connected, lost connection... We are sure that sounds familiar to a lot of you.

The new magic trackpad is the most exciting as it features Force Touch which we saw on the latest update to the Retina MacBook Pro. Will we see Force Touch commands in Final Cut Pro X? Probably, and that is why the new trackpad might be the 'must have accessory' for editing.



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I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

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