Are (2011) iMac displays HD?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Death-T, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. Death-T macrumors regular

    Death-T

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    Yeah, I know this is a really noob'ish question. :p Anyway, I've been downloading TV show episodes in HD from iTunes and got to wondering if my 2011 iMac even shows content in true HD. I don't know much about display resolutions, but does the iMac actually show content in 720 or 1080p when you watch an HD video? If not, then can I presume that Airplay streaming via Apple TV on my HDTV shows the content in HD?
     
  2. Mal macrumors 603

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    The 21.5" iMacs have a display resolution of 1920x1080, which is exactly 1080p HD (that's where the 1080 part of 1080p comes from).

    The 27" iMacs have a display resolution of 2560x1440, which is significantly higher than 1080p HD.

    So yes, on either model, if you have a 1080p video file, they will play it at full quality.

    jW
     
  3. 12dylan34 macrumors 6502a

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    The 21.5 inch model is full HD (1920x1080, so it shows your 1080p content at full resolution) and the 27 inch model is above full HD (2560x1440).
     
  4. Death-T thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ah, cool stuff! Thanks for the quick replies.
     

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