is imac capable of HD?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by air23cary, Oct 15, 2006.

  1. air23cary macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2004
    are any of the imacs displays HD? if they are, why are they not advertised as HD yet the cinema displays say they are HD? what makes the cinema display better
  2. tipdrill407 macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2006
    Both the iMac and the ACDs have HD resolutions. The iMac is not advertised as HD because it is a computer system not a monitor.
  3. Flyinace2000 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2004
    i watch 1080i content off my cable box on it every week. Its very very nice.
  4. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    The 24" iMac can display full 1080p resolution video, I'm sure Apple mentions it being "HD" somewhere...
  5. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    There are many ways to interpret your request for "is it HD".

    If you mean "can it display 1920x1080 resolution content at full resolution?" then the answer is: The 24" iMac, 23" Cinema Display HD, and 30" Cinema Display HD can.

    If you mean "can it display "HD" content at full frame rate?" then the answer is: Yes. All Intel iMacs are fast enough to display all formats of HD at full frame rate. For iMacs smaller than 24", they would scale down 1080 content, but it would play at full speed, and 1080 content still looks great scaled down to a 1440x900 screen. Not to mention that lots of broadcast "HD" is 1280x720, which can be displayed at full resolution on every display Apple currently sells (including the 1280x800 displays on the MacBook.)

    Please note that 1280x720 still counts 100% as "HD". Most TVs sold today as "HD" are only capable of displaying 720p, and have to scale 1080 content down. And "capable of" to me implies "can it play" not "can it display at full resolution"...

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