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By Jason Snell for Macworld
The Mac is a small fraction of Apple’s total business, and of that, roughly three-quarters of the Macs sold are laptops. Apple could probably be forgiven if it put the entire iMac line into maintenance mode: after all, sometimes it seems like that’s what most of the PC industry has done. But it’s clear that Apple views the Mac in general and the iMac in particular as a point of pride. In a time when PC growth has stalled, Apple continues to grow its market share and update Mac hardware in interesting, innovative ways.
Last fall, Apple finally brought its high-resolution Retina display technology to the desktop for the first time on the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display. Now with the new 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display, Apple has brought a brilliant high-resolution display to its smaller iMac at the same $1499 price as its previous high-end 21.5-inch iMac model. As you might expect, this new revision of the iMac dramatically improves on its predecessor models—the 21.5-inch iMac hasn’t really been updated since late 2013, unless you count the addition of a budget model in 2014—but the highlight has to be the model featuring the Retina display.