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On March 28, 2009, Patently Apple boldly reported that Apple Patent May Point to LED iMac's Later this Year. Today, Apple has delivered on that in spades. Apple states that "when a display has more pixels, you need to push more light through them to achieve the best picture possible. LED backlighting in the new iMac does exactly that, with remarkable brightness and efficiency. Because the LED backlight doesn’t take up much space, the iMac enclosure stays thin — even with all the high-performance components inside." The new 21.5-inch iMac features 1920-by-1080 HD resolution. Apple engineers could simply have stretched that resolution up and out for the 27-inch iMac. Instead, they took the display well beyond HD with 2560-by-1440 resolution. That’s 78 percent more pixels than the 21.5-inch iMac. It's great to see the tight timeline between Apple's patent application publication and their product actually coming to market.  The call was right, and how sweet it is.


What are your thoughts on the new LED iMac's?


Bob Forsberg

I own several 24" iMacs with 1920 x 1200, beyond 1080 and find the brightness control necessary when using the display as a computer screen, usually about 1/5 of the brightness level. Only when viewing TV , recorded .mov, .mkv, etc. files or DVDs does the increased brightness come into play.

I'm ready for the 27" as my personal computer, was hoping for 32"...but the smaller 27" is good for now. LED backlighting should be an improvement when viewing video sources. i5 & i7s make me smile too.

Jack Purcher

I don't think many Apple Stores have the 27" iMacs in store yet. There's none available in Calgary Canada, at least. I've already called the store and they're not sure when they'll be in. That will let the hype come down a bit anyways, so there's nothing wrong with that. Impulse buying usually comes back to bite you anyways. That said, I'm looking forward to seeing this monster. Also, I would have liked to see an option for an i5 or i7 on a 21.5 inch unit. I want the speed, but I'm not sure I could handle that large a desktop. Maybe that's just me.



Wow - I've just got to see the 27" at the Apple Store tonight!


We're getting closer to a true HDTV. I smell it in the works!

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