Apple's iMacs are faster, more powerful and feature better 4k and 5k displays.
Apple's iMacs are faster, more powerful and feature better 4k and 5k displays.

Death of the desktop? Not with this amazing iMac

THOSE keen to declare the death of the desktop probably haven't spent much time on Apple's latest 27-inch 5K Retina display iMac.

This is one superb machine. Superfast. Beautiful to look at. Powerful, clever, the ultimate all-in-one.

Yes, it comes with a hefty price tag.

But if you spend a lot of time on a computer, creating, designing, editing photos, making movies, or just sampling everyone else's works of art, the iMac delivers plenty of bang for buck.

Even if you can't afford the Maserati model, every iMac in the range features faster processors, more powerful graphics, Thunderbolt 2, and completely redesigned input devices.

Even the new 21.5-inch iMac offers a true 4K display. It's 9.4 million pixels, provides 4.5 times the resolution of an HD display.

But it's not just about images.

That sort of clarity makings reading text a whole lot easier on the eye. You feel like you are immersed in the whitest pages of a book rather than glaring at a computer screen.

The 27-inch iMac is equipped with a sixth-generation quad-core Intel Core processor, configurable up to 4.0GHz, and the latest AMD Radeon R9 M300-series high-performance graphics.

The 21.5-inch iMac features a fifth-generation dual-core or quad-core Intel Core processor and enhanced Intel integrated graphics.

On the higher end iMac, you notice the difference straight away while loading photos or editing videos.

Watch a 4k video shot from your new iPhone 6s and you will feel like you are there. Editing it in Final Cut Pro or iMovie is a breeze, even at the highest resolution.

At full specifications, the top end iMac offers the sort of firepower to create a motion picture or the ultimate music production.

The faster processing is achieved partly by Fusion Drive which combines the storage of a traditional hard drive with the high performance of flash storage.

Repeated tasks are often driven from the flash storage, making for quicker turnaround.

Some of the most significant changes with the new iMac come via the input devices.

The new wireless Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2 have been completely redesigned.

One of my pet hates with my Mac has been the need to recharge the batteries in the mouse and keyboard.

The new devices feature built-in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries which can be recharged with the lightning cable.

The keyboard is far better to use. It's quicker and feels more sturdy, more solid.

It features a new scissor mechanism that Apple says provides 33 percent more key stability.

With full-size function keys and lower profile, it is very comfortable to use.

The new mouse is cleverer. You can scroll in any direction with one finger, swipe through web pages and photos, and click or double-click anywhere.

The Magic Trackpad 2 uses four force sensors to detect how hard you press, and tell your Mac what to do based on the subtle difference in the amount of pressure you exert.

The Taptic Engine engages when you apply a certain level of force to provide tactile feedback.  With the addition of Force Touch technology, Apple says it is possible to perform a variety of different actions with a single touch.

Overall, iMac has always been about a superior desktop experience. The new models in the family deliver that.

21.5 inch iMac with Retina 4K display
from A$2,299 RRP
3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 or 3.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor
Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz
1TB 5400-rpm hard drive; 1TB or 2TB Fusion Drive; or up to 512GB flash storage (SSD)
Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2 or Magic Trackpad 2

27 inch iMac with Retina 5K display
from A$2,799 RRP
3.2GHz or 3.3GHz quad core Intel Core i5, or 4.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor
Turbo Boost up to 4.2GHz
1TB 7200 rpm hard drive; 1TB, 2TB or 3TB Fusion Drive; or up to 1TB flash storage (SSD)
Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2 or Magic Trackpad 2