Why the Retina iMac Features a 5K Instead of 4K Display

Why the Retina iMac Features a 5K Instead of 4K Display

In a recent unveiling, Apple introduced its latest innovation, the iMac with a 5K Retina display. This device features a stunning 14.7 million pixels within a 5120×2880 resolution screen.

The choice of 5K over the more common 4K was a topic of discussion, which Ars Technica explored by consulting Dr. Ray Soneira from DisplayMate.

Why the Retina iMac Features a 5K Instead of 4K Display

His response highlighted the advantages for video editors needing ample workspace while managing 4K videos.

“This monitor is designed for video production, which is the primary reason for buying a 5K display as opposed to a 4K display,” he explained. “A 5K display is great when working on 4K content (3840×2160 or 4096×2160) because you can view all of the images at their true native 4K resolution, which is very important, and then have a fair amount of leftover extra screen space all around it for controls, icons, and even a generous 3.4-inch high text area at the bottom for commands and text input.”

While the new iMac excels in video editing, Dr.

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