Updated Apple iMac 5K Still Offers the Best Image Viewing + Save a Bundle by Ordering 8GB Config in Mid-2017 iMac 5K
Get iMac 5K at B&H Photo.
See also: Assessing the Dec 2017 Apple iMac Pro.
The iMac 5K (late 2015 iMac 5K or the new mid-2017 model) offer the best display available at any price for viewing images. See these posts for important details:
- iMac 5K (Late 2015): Sheer Viewing Pleasure in the Fastest Mac Available
- iMac 5K for Stunning Black and White Images
- What’s the Best Way to Enjoy Images at their Finest?
- Too-High Pixel Density on 5K and 8K Displays Impedes Image Assessment
- 2.5K or 4K or 5K Display for Image Editing and Viewing?
I much look forward to the 32 megapixels of 8K displays (7360 X 4320), more than double the 14.7 megapixels of the 5120 X 2800 pixels of a 5K display. However, 8K displays will need to be sized up to to 38 inches diagonal (33 inches horizontal viewable area) to offer the same pixel density as the iMac 5K—the pixels on an iMac 5K area already invisible at normal viewing distances so 8K pixels in a 5K 27" display are not very useful.
Big savings on memory
Pricing by Apple for iMac 5K memory of +$1400 bodes ill for what 64GB or 128GB will cost for the iMac 5K Pro (due out in December 2017), which apparently utilizes non-upgradeable memory.
Unlike the pro model, the mid-2017 iMac 5K has four memory slots, so that you can save about $820 on 64GB memory for the iMac 5K.