Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
New Apple iMacs include edit-friendly LED displays
Apple has introduced several new model Mac computers with features of interest to broadcasters who use the company’s Final Cut Pro editing software.
The new iMac line features bright LED-backlit 21.5in and 27in widescreen displays in a new edge-to-edge glass design and seamless all aluminum enclosure. The new iMacs fast, with Intel Core 2 Duo processors starting at 3.06GHz, and Core i5 and i7 quad-core processors for up to twice the performance as previous models.
The LED-backlit displays with a 16:9 aspect ratio makes the new iMac models more accurate for video editing. The new 21.5in iMac features a high resolution 1920 x 1080 pixel display. The 27in iMac features a 2560 x 1440 pixel display that offers 60 percent more pixels than the previous 24in model. Both displays use IPS technology to deliver consistent color across an ultra wide 178-degree viewing angle.
The iMac features improved graphics across the line with NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics or ATI Radeon HD 4670 discrete graphics in the 21.5in model, and ATI Radeon HD 4670 discrete graphics or ATI Radeon HD 4850 discrete graphics in the 27in model.
Apple also introduced a Mac mini server that comes with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server software. The new low-cost server features two 500GB hard drives for a total of 1TB of server storage in the tiny 6.5in x 2in Mac mini enclosure. The low-cost server is ideal for small media-sharing applications.