Buyers’ guide 2015: Content delivery

Buyers’ guide 2015: Content delivery

If you’ve seen our earlier articles telling you that your workstation could be better and that your office is disorganised, you might have formed the impression that we’re a mean-spirited bunch. Not so! We’re only cruel to be kind and, now that you’re incredibly organised and powering through projects, it’s time to think about how you want to show your work off.

Option 1: The Oversharer

Apple TV is a great alternative to an old school projector/monitor setup, or manually linking your laptop to a display. You can use it to mirror the screen of any Apple device to a larger display, and when the presentation’s over you can go back to using the screen for other things. (It also means you can play iTunes content on a giant screen in your boardroom, if that’s the sort of small rebellion you enjoy.)

Option 2: The Multitasker

If you want to take things a bit further, you can set up multiple, linked NEC screens and schedule content to play on throughout the day. We recommend using a nifty bit of software called sedna Presenter. This scheduling application is designed to specifically deal with Apple kit and the content produced on it. If you value what our AV consultant calls “the Apple look” – ie very clean, chirp graphics – send Presenter will help you ensure your content retains this on any display.

You’ll need to hook Presenter up to a Mac mini or two in order to manage your screens (don’t worry – we’ll set you up and supply training), but then you’ll be able to schedule content to play across your site from a single, central unit.

Option 3: The Show Off

If you want to add more screens across more sites, or show more than a slideshow of video and images, you’ll need to step things up slightly. Get in touch with our AV team for advice on custom setups including: video walls, interactive signage, using Apple devices as kiosk displays along with custom apps and interfaces (we love a good iPad kiosk), and, most importantly, tech support should anything go wrong.

Alternative delivery methods include…

Livestreaming content to the web or signage

NewTek’s TriCaster range gives you all the tools you need to start livestreaming, with larger models supporting up to eight cameras, VTR feeds, chromakey and on the fly graphics editing. If you’re just getting started, pair the simpler TriCaster Mini with encoding software from Matrox and Telestream Episode Engine to create a universally supported streaming service.

Delivering direct to apps

If you’re looking for something you can do straight from your iMac, we have good news. Adobe DPS is an extension of your Adobe apps that allows you to transform InDesign documents into interactive digital publications and distribute them through the App Store, Amazon Marketplace and Google Play. No muss, no fuss, just interactive content built in nice, familiar InDesign. Easy win.

Printing your project out (in 3D!)

We stock a full range of professional and large format printers, we offer loads of different colour charts and have our very own ink and toner configurator, but what we really want to talk about are 3D printers. We’re not saying you should find an excuse to start 3D printing in-house, but the godlike feeling that comes from watching your creation appear before your very eyes is pretty satisfying. They’re also good for rapid modelling and low cost prototyping.

…and you can speed all this up with MatrixCMS

MatrixCMS is a multi-channel, multi-platform eCommerce solution that supports multiple SKUs, images, pricing and descriptions for different markets and territories. As well as dovetailing neatly with your PIM solution, MatrixCMS is integrated with InDesign, meaning your designers can create and distribute content without having to learn a new programme from the ground up. To find out more, register for a free online demo at their site (you need to scroll down a fair bit).

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What’s the verdict on iPad Pro?

What’s the verdict on iPad Pro?

iPad Pro has finally hit our shores (and in stock at our warehouse) so we’ve ventured into the dark heart of the internet – well, our favourite tech sites – to take the temperature and see how people are reacting to their new über-tablet.

ipad_proWhat’s with all the accessories?

Let’s start with a look at some standout features. Mashable are particularly ebullient about the Apple Pencil, the magically weighted stylus that you can purchase as an add-on for your iPad Pro. The iPad Pro scans for the tip of the pencil 240 times a second, meaning that it has an incredibly fast response time.

“My minor misgivings about losing it [aside], the Pencil is a marvel of engineering and once again highlights the iPad Pro’s excellent screen resolution and design,” gushes Lance Ulanoff.

“The responsiveness is exquisite and the Pencil tip material offers just the right balance between friction and smoothness on the iPad Pro’s touch screen. Pressure sensitivity is about as close as you’re going to get to actually drawing on real paper. It even supports shading, letting me hold the Pencil at an extreme angle to access a the virtual long-edge of a graphite pencil or wide magic marker. What’s more, there is almost no perceptible visual space between the Pencil tip and the digital line that appears on screen. All that combined with the iPad Pro’s impressively large canvas (I have room for a full drawing and reference material) make this a fantastic drawing experience.”

Ulanoff even filmed himself drawing on the iPad Pro versus the Surface Pro 4 – you can see the results here but as a spoiler, it’s game, set and match to iPad Pro.

While there has been some griping about the lack of a top row on the Apple Smart Keyboard, robbing you of the volume, brightness and function keys, but ARS Technica’s Andrew Cunningham notes that: “The keyboard and folded stand sections combine to form one continuous, flat surface that’s surprisingly stable on your lap, a complaint we still have about the Surface tablets despite improvements in recent generations”, and that missing top row is compensated for by “the best software keyboard ever” according to Macworld’s Susie Ochs:

“Like a good digital citizen, I use complex passwords full of letters, numbers, and symbols, even though that kind of password is harder to enter on my iPhone, requiring me to jump between the keyboards for letters, numbers, and symbols in a way I just don’t have to on my Mac. The iPad Pro’s software keyboard has a row of numbers and common symbols along the top of the letter layout, just like the Mac. Shortcuts even pop up per application—in Mail, the options to insert a photo or attach a file are handy to have right onscreen without any tap-and-hold tricks required to find them.”

The on-screen experience

Wired enthusiastically claim that iPad Pro is “the best tablet, and the best case for tablets, anyone’s ever made,” and are keen to emphasise the desktop-like experience you’ll be able to enjoy when using your apps on iOS 9:

“The extra space shows up in subtle but important ways. In iMovie, you can see your library, timeline, and a full-res 1080p view of your final product, all on a single screen. When you play FIFA, you can use the on-screen controls without obscuring any of the actual gameplay. You can comfortably see the entire week in the calendar, from 8am to 9pm. Slack has a new Jumbo Mode that shows you your messages, menus, and files all at once. Many of the first apps to be optimized are analytics tools—you can see so much stuff now! On the iPad Pro you spend less time moving—scrolling lists and thumbing through menus—and more time doing whatever you’re doing. Apps aren’t forced to feel like dumbed-down tablet versions.”

The iPad Pro is the size of two iPad Air 2 side by side, and it’s this that reviewers are finding makes sense of iOS 9’s multitasking mode, with picture-in-picture and side-by-side both making more sense once you have enough space to slide someone’s face into the corner of your Mail window, and now that Slide Over’s third-of-a-screen view is of a usable size. Mashable explain:

“Changing which app is running in the right-hand pane is easy; you just swipe down from the top edge of the screen (over the right-hand pane) and it converts it back into the list of available apps. To change which app is running on the left side, you can use a four-finger gesture which reveals the traditional app tab interface. Select one and it fills the left side of the screen, while maintaining the app running on the right.

“I did have to get used to the two different ways the two panes could interact. If I just dragged over my task pane and selected an app, the left pane would remain in what’s known as “slideover mode,” which means the left app will take over again if I tap to use it. To put the apps in multi-task mode, I have to grab the pane adjustment bar and drag it a bit left and then right to have both panes snap to multi-tasking attention. Apple explained that this is by design, since sometimes you just want to peek at some other bit of content or app information and then return to your main task.”

Power and speed

This is the first time we’ve ever known exactly how much RAM an iPad has had (4GB), and coupled with this A9X chip that is getting iPad Pro rave reviews for its dexterity, graphics performance and gaming and creative potential. Macworld note that:

“Gaming devs love to push the fastest available processors to the edge, and games that harness the Pro’s graphical power should be along before long. And creative users historically tend to favour more powerful machines – the Mac Pro’s main audience is among video editors and other creative-industry workers. But we can’t help feel that business users, who in other parts of the launch presentation appeared to be one of the main target markets, may feel that the Pro is overqualified – and consequently overpriced – for the primarily simple tasks they need it for.”

However, we’re yet to find a creative test that taxes the iPad Pro, so if you’re like our design team and want something that will help you stay genuinely productive away from your desk, it’s a safe bet. The Verge also want you to know that “the Pro’s build quality justifies the price” and that “The tablet’s processing power is even more notable than the display. Apple has rigged the iPad Pro with its latest chip, the A9X, which it claims has twice the CPU and twice the graphics performance of the previous processor. And it has four strategically placed, self-adjusting speakers that wowed me with their sound when I watched videos on it.”

If you want to check a few key benchmarks, ARS Technica have a helpful list here.

The verdict

While the general consensus seems to be that there’s room for refinement when it comes to multitasking and that the Smart Keyboard is likely to be threatened by third party rivals with function keys, general awe for the sound and picture quality, responsiveness and Apple Pencil are all making the iPad Pro a worthy investment, scoring eights and nines across the board.

We’re going to give the final word to the ever-delightful Macalope, though, who points out:

“No one, even Tim Cook, is saying an iPad can do everything a laptop or desktop can do right now. What people are saying is that, depending on your needs, the iPad might be able to do everything you need to do and, when you can pay less for it than a Mac or PC, why not ask yourself if it can?”

If you’re tempted, you can check out the full range here.

iPad Pro is in stock now. Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email For all the latest news and reviews, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook. To find out more, head to our iPad Pro event in Soho on 10th February. You can see the agenda and get your name on the list here.

Buyers’ Guide: Content management and storage

Buyers’ Guide: Content management and storage

The say cleanliness is next to godliness, but we’d make a strong case for organisation being slightly closer. If you don’t have your fonts managed and your assets organised and backed up, you’re not going to be able to work efficiently, repurpose content and – most importantly – leave on time. Yes, we know it’s not the most exciting thing to read about, but getting your content management workflow together now will save you time for years to come.

The quick fix (for when there’s only a couple of you, and you don’t produce that much)

Okay, so let’s say you have a pretty speedy MacBook Pro. Get yourself a nice dependable desktop drive like a G-Technology G-DRIVE, then set up Time Machine for backup locally. To avoid any unwelcome data loss, we’d recommend getting some RAID storage – if your MacBook Pro has Thunderbolt 2, try making the most of it with a high-speed PROMISE Pegasus R4 array.

If you need to work together, the Synology Diskstation DS414 is a feature-rich 4-bay NAS specifically designed for growing businesses to effectively manage, protect, and share data. You can even add Extensis Portfolio Studio for better asset management and Suitcase Fusion to keep your fonts in order.

The neat freak (for when you’ve got a team to support)

If you’re working in a range of media we always recommend a capable iMac with Universal Type Server and Portfolio Studio to keep your files in check and easy for the team to access.

If you need extra local storage or want to run backups to a local drive, try something spacious like this 8TB G-RAID, while euroNAS’s 16TB, 16-bay 3U network server storage solution is a sterling contribution to your server room, and you can manage your backups with Archiware’s P5 software which can support two servers or a tape library. (Here’s the tape library we’d recommend, as it’s cheaper than high speed online or nearline storage for the long run.)

The archivist (for when you need big storage for big files and bigger archives)

If you’re churning out high volumes of multimedia files on something like this and a high speed Thunderbolt 2 RAID array, then you’ll need to beef up. Maximise your font management capabilities by upgrading to the Enterprise versions of your Universal Type Server and Portfolio asset management solutions. If you’re after something more video-specific, it’s well worth taking a look at axle Video’s solutions.

If you want to be sure all your data is backed up, opt for our manual backup service, Backup24, in which our team ensure your data is backed up to our Tier 2+ data centre. And to handle your NAS needs, the GB Labs Space range offer extremely fast large capacity shared storage for digital content creation.

Take control of content with MatrixCMS

By connecting up your PIM and CMS systems to create a single version of the truth for all work and enabling seamless cloud-based sharing of drafts and revisions, MatrixCMS makes it easier to stay on top of your assets. MatrixCMS provides a centralised store for all digital media, enabling an organisation to collate, manage and distribute their investment across the entire company. Arrange an online demo here (you have to scroll down to the bottom).

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New firmware ends Canon C300 Mark II’s slow mo issues

New firmware ends Canon C300 Mark II’s slow mo issues

We’re huge fans of the C300 Mark II, so when it turned out to have a nasty glitch that made it skip frames when you shot in slow motion, we were a sorry lot. However, Canon have now worked their way back into our good books with some bug-fixing firmware. 


The new firmware, available from the Canon site here, addresses an issue that resulted in frames being skipped or dropped when recording 4K at 24.00P and 23.98P, or 2K/HD at 29.97P, 25.00P, 24.00P, and 23.98P.

Canon’s official release notes warn us that we cannot perform this firmware update using CFast 2.0 cards, and will instead need to avail ourselves of a commercially available SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card that is 64MB or more for the firmware update. You’ll also want to back up your custom menu and features settings to a separate card before beginning, as these will be reset during the upgrade.

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Blackmagic Design announce DaVinci Resolve 12.1 update

Blackmagic Design announce DaVinci Resolve 12.1 update

Blackmagic Design today announced the immediate availability of DaVinci Resolve 12.1, which adds dozens of new features such as remote rendering, 10-bit viewers, new editing and colour correction tools, and more. The DaVinci Resolve 12.1 update is available now for both DaVinci Resolve 12 and DaVinci Resolve 12 Studio customers, and can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Design website.

DaVinci Resolve 12 is the most successful update in the history of the software and has become the industry’s fastest growing video editor. The feedback from the DaVinci Resolve community has been overwhelmingly positive and Blackmagic Design engineers have been hard at work to add even more of the features that professional editors and colourists have asked for.

DaVinci Resolve 12.1 update gives editors the ability to select clips when using the blade tool, extend freeze frames, use faders on generators and titles, perform negative timecode offsets, filter clips more efficiently, media manage groups of selected timeline clips, sort bins and footage more easily, create better filters for smart bins, and much more. Customers also get improved subclip support with Final Cut Pro 7 XMLs and improved audio rendering of audio transitions.

For colourists, DaVinci Resolve 12.1 update adds the ability to colour correct nested timelines and to decompose compound nodes along with new manual keyframe options for Power Windows, support for 3D stereo decision lists version 0.25, filtering of keyframed clips, the option to copy flags and markers when performing ColorTrace and more.

In addition, the free DaVinci Resolve 12.1 update adds support for native display profiles on Mac OS X El Capitan, along with the option to enable 10-bit precision in the on screen viewers. That means customers using the new iMac with Retina P3 display will be able to see more colour, detail and dynamic range than ever before.

Since its release in September, the rapidly growing community of DaVinci Resolve 12 editors has meant that developers are now bringing their best and most exciting OpenFX plugins to DaVinci Resolve. For example, GenArts has been working with Blackmagic Design to bring new Sapphire Builder support to DaVinci Resolve 12.

Expected in an upcoming Sapphire 9.0.1 release, Builder will let DaVinci Resolve users combine Sapphire plug-ins together in any order to create a virtually unlimited number of unique effects and transitions. “DaVinci Resolve is the first OFX host to support Sapphire Builder!” said Sapphire product manager Brian Fox, “We’re very excited that DaVinci Resolve 12.1 users can benefit from all the new capabilities of Sapphire Builder.”

To support the growing momentum of DaVinci Resolve 12, Blackmagic Design has conducted multiple hands-on training sessions with the Motion Pictures Editor’s Guild in Hollywood. “I feel like DaVinci Resolve 12 is the NLE users have been waiting for all of these years,” said Noam Kroll, Los Angeles based filmmaker and editor whose feature film credits include The Grace Of Jake (2015), Shake The Dust (2014) and Footsteps (2012). “DaVinci Resolve 12 offers the same track based system that many editors are most comfortable with, but also provides truly innovative tools that feel very forward thinking.”

“Since it was released in September, DaVinci Resolve 12 has been downloaded by more customers than any other version of the software and has become the industry’s fastest growing video editor,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “DaVinci Resolve is now used on virtually all major films, television shows and commercials! We’ve listened to feedback from professional editors and colourists and are excited to give them this free update which includes even more of the features they’ve been asking for!”

What’s new in DaVinci Resolve 12.1?

– Remote rendering on DaVinci Resolve Studio.
– Support for native display colour profiles on OS X.
– Preferences option to enable 10-bit precision on viewers on OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
– Ability to select clips when in blade mode.
– Support for faders on generators and titles.
– Ability to extend freeze frames from the start of the edit.
– Ability to media manage selected clips on a timeline.
– Ability to perform negative timecode offset in clip attributes.
– Improved support for sub-clips from FCP7 XML.
– Improved rendering of audio transitions (cross-fades) and audio faders.
– Auto scroll during timeline item resize.
– Improved sorting in media storage and media pool.
– Support for smart bin filtering based on clip type.
– Ability to move clips and timelines from a smart bin view.
– Support for moving files to the trash instead of deleting them permanently when using the media manager on both Mac and Windows systems.
– Ability to delete multiple projects and folders in project manager.
– Ability to decompose a compound node.
– Ability to grade nested timelines.
– Ability to filter clips based on whether they have keyframes.
– Ability to manually keyframe power windows in frame mode even without tracking.
– Ability to freeze the current frame on an external matte.
– User option to copy flags and markers when performing ColorTrace.
– Improved ACEScc support.
– Support for stereo decision list (SDL) v0.25.
– Support for RED SDK v6.0.4.
– Support for embedding timecode in audio output.

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All hail JVC’s affordable 4K camcorders

All hail JVC’s affordable 4K camcorders

As the market for entry level 4K heats up, JVC’s GY range have managed to bag the lowest price point for an actual UHD 4K handycam shooter. The GY-LS300, GY-HM170E and GY-HM200E are all solid choice for events and corporate videography, and deliver a surprising amount of camera for your cash…

GY-HM200 offers you the best WiFi functionality

This new range of JVC cameras have the most refined WiFi/streaming capabilities around. GY-LS300 and GY-HM200 are two of the few cameras that (with correct accessories and setup) will let you stream a live picture straight from the camera to the web.

JVC were the first to add WiFi and 3G/4G capabilities to their prosumer cameras and, although many manufacturers are now doing it, most of them only use it for control, monitoring and proxy uploads rather than live streaming.

If this sounds like something that could sway you, let us also mention that there’s currently a cracking special offer on the GY-HM200 which means you can save £130 if you buy now.

The saga of the GY-HM170 handle

The GY-HM170 was originally designed to be a very stripped down, run and gun camera, and as such shipped as a body only. However, the camera’s XLRs were embedded in the handle, which was sold separately, meaning you had to fork out extra for audio connections. However, JVC now ship the handle for free, so you can save yourself a pretty penny there.

Get yourself a GY-HM170 here.

Get yourself an Atomos assist

If you’ve been considering the GY-LS300 but are worried about the compression applied to the 4K footage, allow us to recommend the Atomos Shogun, which we’re currently selling along with an LS300 and lens for the princely sum of £4130. This will let you bypass the camera’s internal compression system and record in the Shogun’s crisp 4:2:2 to HD ProRes, Avid DNx or Cinema DNG. Problem solved.

And just remember, things can only get better

If you’re worried about the longevity of your kit, it’s worth remembering that JVC have a track record of supporting their cameras in the field by unleashing new features as firmware updates rather than launching a series of suspiciously similar new models. These are relatively new cameras at the start of their working lives, and there’s no reason to think that JVC are going to abandon them in the near future.

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JVC GY-LS300 gets new firmware update

JVC GY-LS300 gets new firmware update

The version 2.0 firmware upgrade for the GY-LS300 4KCAM handheld Super 35 camcorder and GY-HM170/GY-HM200 4KCAM camcorders has just been released, and promises J-Log, prime zoom, Cinema 4K/2K and more.


The update is available now from JVC’s support site.

For the GY-LS300, the upgrade adds a J-Log gamma mode that practically duplicates the look of film, plus new Cinema 4K and Cinema 2K recording modes and a unique prime zoom feature that uses the camera’s innovative technology to allow zoom capabilities when using prime lenses.

For all three camcorders, there’s now a 70-bit mode to enable 4K recording on standard Class 10 SDXC cards, a histogram, new zebra indication and a variety of live streaming changes (300 and 200 only). There’s also the ability to trigger recordings via HDMI/SDI and JVC LUT support via the Atomos Shogun external recorder (this may be the ideal time to remind you that if you buy any camera, we’ll give you a Shogun for £1099).

If you’re not yet the proud owner of a GY-LS300, you can find out more about its particular charms here.

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Buyers’ Guide 2015: Workstations for content creation

Buyers’ Guide 2015: Workstations for content creation

When you’re working in-house, it can be difficult to gauge what kind of workstation you really need. Do you need three screens, or do you need something you can take to shoots and client meetings? Your job title says graphic design, but your boss says you need to populate a YouTube channel. However, there are a few tried and tested setups that we’d recommend to anyone with even the slightest clue of how much heavy lifting their GPU will be asked to do…

The road warrior

Our pick for web design and development, working on the go and keeping up on-set.


We recommend this 15” MacBook Pro with Retina display, paired with a colour accurate screen, such as Eizo’s ColorEdge CS230 self-correcting IPS display and maybe a Wacom Intuos Pro (our designers swear by these). Alternatively, if you’re more of a shutterbug, the Panasonic GH4  manages to straddle the still and video worlds, so you’re equipped for any type of project.

The contender

Our pick for graphic designers, Photoshop addicts and budding videographers.


If you’re being asked to do a bit of everything, a top spec iMac is always a safe bet. This 27” iMac with 5K Retina display leads the pack, and pairs well with the 24” ColorEdge CX241 self-correcting IPS display. If that seems too unwieldy, you could try a Wacom Cintiq 13HD, and we like the Canon XC-10 for corporate and events videography.

The behemoth

Our pick for anyone whose day is full of 4K and RAW files.


Sometimes you just need a computer that puts the fear of God in the heart of any large, complicated file or program that enters it, and in those moments of need we recommend you turn to this 8 Core Mac Pro and the 27” ColorEdge CG277.

To step up your camcorder, try the JVC GY-LS300 (a versatile beast that combines ease of use with the ability to get a proper ‘cinematic’ feel), or if you’re into 3D modelling a Cintiq 27QHD Touch tablet will get you almost uncomfortably close to your image.

And finally, put your workstation to work with MatrixCMS…

Not to state the obvious, but once you’ve got your hardware sorted, you need to get your content prepped and published, be it in print or online. MatrixCMS supports the creation and optimisation for both of these, and integrates with your company’s PIM and CMS systems to make collaboration between creatives and product managers easier. They can flag SKUs and imagery within Matrix, and you can open up their notes and revisions directly in InDesign so that you can start creating as soon as the product list comes in, rather than having to dig out resources lost in decentralised systems. You can learn more (and sign up for an online demo) over at the Matrix site. 

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NewTek shave £600 off the cost of a TalkShow

NewTek shave £600 off the cost of a TalkShow

For a limited time, NewTek are offering their TalkShow Skype management tool for a cool £2199 as opposed to the usual £2795 ex VAT, saving you a smidge under £600.




Already beloved of pro broadcasters on several continents, TalkShow allows video producers to initiate or receive Skype calls from remote guests using desktops, laptops, mobile devices, conference room systems, internet TV or game consoles running Skype software.

It contains everything you need to manage a Skype call as if it were simply another in-studio source, drastically reducing the risk of conversion loss, aspect ratio squashing and video artefacts and giving you more professional-looking video calls with a richer, enhanced picture. And if you’re worried about space, rest assured it packs up in a convenient (and robust) 1U rackmount unit.

You can pick up your discounted TalkShow here.

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Apple announce new 21.5″ 4K iMac and boost all 27″ models to 5K

Apple announce new 21.5″ 4K iMac and boost all 27″ models to 5K

After languishing for almost two years now, the 21.5″ iMac is finally getting the update it deserves, while the 27″ range is all being boosted up to 5K. 

The 2015 21.5″ iMac

As well as getting bumped up to Retina 4K display with 4096 x 2304 resolution, the new 21.5″ models also feature new colour display technology that widens their colour gamut by 25% (or “the new Retina 5K and 4K displays feature a wider P3-based color gamut that provides a 25 percent larger color space”, in the official parlance), and include Intel’s Broadwell processors.

Why Broadwell rather than Skylake? That’d be to ensure that the higher end 21.5-inchers can work with Intel Pro graphics. The processors in the 4K models start at 3.1GHz quad-core i5 and support 8GB of 1867GHz LPDDR3 RAM, upgradable to 16GB. You also get two Thunderbolt 2 ports for faster local storage, and the chance to upgrade to a new Magic Trackpad, although this will cost slightly more than the usual keyboard-and-mouse affair.

“From the first iMac to today, the spirit of iMac has never wavered — deliver the ultimate desktop experience with the latest technologies, gorgeous displays and cutting-edge designs,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing. “These are the most stunning iMacs we’ve ever made. With our gorgeous new Retina displays, more powerful processors and graphics and all-new Magic accessories, the new iMac continues to redefine the ultimate desktop experience.”

The 2015 27″ iMac

If you need more screen space, you’ll be pleased to hear that every 27″ model now comes with a Retina 5K display, “the world’s highest resolution all-in-one display with a stunning 14.7 million pixels, 7 times more pixels than an HD display”, Apple tell us.

These models do get Intel Skylake processors, ranging from 3.2GHz quad-core i5 to 4GHz quad-core i7, and these are paired with AMD Radeon R9 graphics that deliver up to 3.7 teraflops of compute power. Like the smaller models, this is used to support a wider colour gamut, and is complemented by two Thunderbolt 2 ports.

Your iMac’s Fusion Drive is now available with 2TB and 3TB configurations, with 128GB of fast flash for more demanding workloads. For what we’re assured is the “ultimate in storage performance” you can opt for all-flash storage in capacities of up to 1TB, which should make your Mac up to 2.5 times faster.

Magic accessories

“The all-new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2 are more comfortable, capable and environmentally friendly”, we are assured by Apple.

They’re designed around a built-in rechargeable battery and are Lightning-chargeable. The new Magic Keyboard features a full-size keyboard but takes up 13% less space on your desktop thanks to a new scissor mechanism under the keys (we’ve seem similar innovations at work on the MacBook) and lower profile.

However the big talking point accessory-wise is the new Magic Trackpad 2, which features a 29% larger surface and brings Force Touch to the desktop for the first time (that’s the haptic feedback thing that’s also on MacBooks, and which lets you perform different actions based on the amount of pressure you apply and how long you apply it for).

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