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Apple Updates iMacs, Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad

Apple refreshes its desktop portfolio with a new 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display, a 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, and updated peripherals for both.

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Hot on the heels of its recent announcement of new iPhones and iPads, Apple is rolling out even more new hardware. This time, it's the iMacs — and the peripherals that accompany them — that are getting a reboot.


The entire iMac portfolio has received an under-the-hood upgrade with faster processors and improved graphics capabilities, among other things. But the biggest step up in both machines is in their displays.

Apple's given the 21.5-inch iMac a Retina 4K display that boasts some 9 million pixels — 4.5 times what its predecessor packed in. The company says that display is capable of showing 25% more colors — largely reds, greens, and yellows.

The 27-inch iMac features an even better screen that Apple is calling Retina 5K; it includes 14.7 million pixels.

The new Magic Mouse 2 is still a mouse — but it's ditched the replaceable batteries used in its predecessor. Instead, it's charged via Lightning cable — the same cord Apple uses to charge its iPhones and iPads. According to Apple, the charging time for all the devices is very fast. It takes about two hours to fully charge the new Magic Mouse 2.


Apple's outfitted the Magic Trackpad 2 with the same Force Touch technology that it used to make the display in the Apple Watch and the trackpads in its new MacBooks pressure-sensitive. It's also given it a new price of $129, quite a jump up from the $60 it charged for the first Magic Trackpad.

Those keys are also, according to Apple, click-ier. The company's using a new mechanism that's intended to create a more satisfying pressing action, akin to that of mechanical keyboard.

Brendan Klinkenberg is a tech reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in San Francisco.

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