Apple just released the all-new iMac 27-inch today, along with a 21.5-inch. The 24-inch model has been retired.
The new iMac monitor is crazy good for graphic designers for several reasons:
- LED backlighting – For the time being, nothing is a bright and crisp as LED backlighting. It’s 100% transition free, and consistent all the way around. The old-style backlighting involved shooting in light from the frame of the monitor, creating bright areas and dead areas, especially when viewed from different angles.
- Corner to corner glass – When you are designing all day, getting rid of any extraneous visual garbage is good. The iMac is glass, corner to corner, and also has a black “matte” around the screen, further bordering it from the surrounding visual messiness (especially if the messiness is my office).
- Monitor Resolution – This thing has 2560-by-1440 resolution. What on earth else is there to say? Now I can open everything all at once and leave it open all day. InDesign layout artists are going to love this.
- IPS Technology – What is that? Well, whatever “in plane technology is” it simply means that you can be looking at the screen from any angle whatsoever and see all the details. No more wonky-wobbles of black that turn all manner of inexplicable colors when viewing the screen from various angles. This is fantastic.
As a freelance graphic designer, I need to maximize everything I do in my graphic design process to eek out the most productivity. Processor speed and RAM amount aside, the new 27-inch iMac will find a welcome home in our studio as soon as possible. And you can be we’ll be at the Providence, RI Apple store to take a peek at this and other goodies just release today by Apple.
- 27-inch iMac released
- See the video of the new 27-inch iMac – wow!
- Apple’s new 27 inch iMac designed to also work as a display
Update (tongue firmly planted in cheek)!
I just found a new settings panel on the new iMac 27-inch 🙂 that will boost it’s overall image quality. You can increase Awesomeness to 11 and also turn on the Reality Distortion Field. I’m sure this will come in handy 😉 …