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by Tom Nelson

Apple recently updated the entire 2015 iMac lineup, including the first 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display. The 27-inch iMac lineup, however, got the best of the updates. The non-Retina iMacs are gone from the 27-inch lineup. If you’re going big, you’re going Retina; at least, that seems to be Apple’s take on the matter, and I tend to agree.

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Ever since the 2014 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display was released, we knew that, just like the MacBook Pro lineup, which kept non-Retina models for the short term (in the 13-inch models), in the long term, Retina was the direction Apple would go across the entire product space.

So, besides the all Retina lineup, the 27-inch iMac received some significant updates that will please anyone looking to squeeze out more performance.

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by Tom Nelson

Apple recently took the wraps off a new 2015 21.5-inch iMac lineup that uses new Broadwell-based processors, faster Intel integrated graphics, and, as expected, a new Retina 4K Display model, finally bringing Retina image quality to the smaller of the iMacs.

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Image courtesy of Apple

The new 21.5 iMac lineup is divided into three basic configurations: a baseline and a mid-level model, both with the standard 1920 x 1080 display used in previous generations, and a high-end configuration that includes the Retina 4K display, with 4096 x 2304 pixels.

Processors

It’s been a long wait, but the 21-5-inch iMacs will be configured with Broadwell-based processors from Intel. On the bright side, the Broadwell chips will provide a nice boost in overall performance, when compared to the older Haswell-based iMacs. But I’m a bit surprised that the newest Skylake processors, which Apple incorporated into the 2015 27-inch iMac, weren’t included; this would have allowed Apple to just skip over the Broadwell family.

I imagine the issue was cost, as the Skylake processors are still very new, and continue to command a bit of a premium in price. However, let’s not get too wrapped up in the processor’s name, when what’s really important is how well the new iMacs will perform.

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