But, I ask, what kind of GPU is going to drive this display? I've heard some murmurings of Apple switching back from Nvidia to AMD, but we'll see what they say.
Riccio: Timing controller tells every pixel what to do and when to do it. T-Con didn't exist that could do that job, so we had to invent it.
Riccio: One of the results is the vivid brightness you see across the display
Riccio is talking through the display technology
Riccio: It means you see incredible detail on a scale that just hasn't been done before on a desktop
Frankly, 4K on a 15-inch laptop feels like overkill, but on a huge 27-inch display, a very high-res display is more defensible.
He hasn't really been a visible exec at Apple
Dan Riccio, SVP of hardware engineering, is now talking in a video
Schiller is talking about how "beautiful" the display is
27-inch iMac is easily the best-looking all-in-one desktop design out there, but some photographers I know prefer standalone monitors. Perhaps the 5K display here will lure them back.
Schiller: It is a remarkable feat of engineering
Display uses almost a third less energy (30% to be precise)
Backlight is just as bright but consumes less power
Schiller: Had to create a new material, oxide TFT. Then taking tech from Retina iPad to reduce pixel cross talk and keep the image sharp
Driving a 4K display is hard, driving a 5K one must be harder.
Schiller: New chip to control the display - the timing controller. Apple invented that
5mm thin at the edge...now let's see the back, pls....
Schiller: Design is just 5 mm thin. It's an incredible feat of engineering
Schiller: Let's compare that to the new standard 4K. Apple's display still has more pixels than that
While a 4K is 4x the pixels of 1080, this is 7x.
Schiller: HD TVs are 1920x1080. There are 7X more pixels on the Retina 5K display than on your HD TV
Schiller: We call it the Retina 5K display
Forget your busted old 4K, this is...5k!
Schiller: 5120x2880 pixels. 14.7 million pixels on one display. It is the world's highest resolution display
The iPhone 4, introduced in 2010, sported the first Retina Display, while the higher-resolution screen hit the iPad and MacBook Pro line in 2012.
Schiller: It is truly remarkable
And 4K 27-inch monitors are down to maybe $550 now.
Schiller: There has never been a desktop display like this
Plus several desktops/laptops really built for 4K output.
The all-in-one device, with the brains hidden behind a sleek display, hadn't had a design change in two years.
(though don't know the name yet, officially)
As expected, Retina comes to iMac. Higher-res screens are slowing becoming common in the PC space. I have two 4K laptops back at the CNET Lab right now.
iMac with Retina, it appears