Apple quietly added 10-bit color support for new 5K iMac

iMac 27-inch Retina 5K

In addition to the plethora of new features Apple added for OS X El Capitan, it also quietly integrated 10 bit color support for the 4K & 5K iMac.

While this may not mean much for your average user, it’s absolutely massive news for photographers, video editors, or anyone else who relies on high-end color correction.

The proof.

Compared to 8 bit color, 10 bit means more detail, particularly on soft gradients which are otherwise difficult to edit with clarity and accuracy.

Unfortunately, the feature will only be visible if you’ve got a 5K or 4K iMac from this year or 2014. As of yet, it’s not confirmed whether it also works with a third-party external display.

Right now, 10 bit color can be seen solely within the OS X Preview and Photos apps. Users wanting to play “spot the difference” can try taking a 12-bit RAW photo with soft color graduations and comparing it to its 8 bit counterpart. As of yet, no other apps — including photo-editing tools like those created by Adobe — take advantage of 10 bit color.

Although we’re positive that things will change once news gets out!

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Retina iPad Mini Shows Fewer Colors Than iPad Air.

Anand's graph showing the various color gamuts of current tablets.

Anand’s graph showing the various color gamuts of current tablets.

Friday afternoon I checked out the Retina iPad mini at a local Apple reseller (spoiler: it’s awesome), and I tried it right after I’d hefted the iPad Air. And I noticed something I hadn’t heard about in any reviews: The colors are way brighter and, well, more colored on the iPad Air. The wallpaper looks more saturated, and the blue/green icons really jumped out at me on the bigger display.

The mini, by contrast, looked just like the old mini, only with higher resolution. And it turns out that my eyes were right. Anand Lal Shampi of Anandtech did the tests and found that the color gamut of the Air is wider than that of the Retina mini.

Color gamut is a description of the range of colors displayed. There are a few different standards for displays: sRGB, AdobeRGB and ProRGB are the ones you’ve probably heard of. The iPad Air manages sRGB, but there mini falls short, beaten even by the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. This means that it shows fewer colors than other screens.

That said, Anand found that these colors are at least accurate.

So what does this mean for you? If you’re a photographer, then you might prefer the Air for its wider color range. Then again, you might prefer it anyway for the bigger screen. And then again, again maybe you’re not doing color-critical work on an iPad anyway, and still prefer the smaller size of the mini.

Still, between this and the fact that the Retina mini runs a little slower than the Air, it seems like the two iPads aren’t quite so almost-identical after all.

Source: Cult of Mac.

Most popular iPhone colors are space gray and blue.

iPhone Color Breakdown

One of the coolest things about Apple’s new iPhone 5c is the fact that it comes in a variety of colors. There have long been rumors about a colorful iPhone that would break the traditional white and black mold for devices, and this year was the year that we saw Apple break out of its shell. However, it also came in the variety of adding a gold iPhone 5s to the line up as well. Now, if you’re anything like me, you have probably wondered which colors sold the best. While I personally would have gone with the space gray iPhone 5s, and either the blue or white iPhone 5c, I never knew where others stood on the idea. Now, thanks to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (or CIRP), we can get an idea of which colors have sold the best.

As evident in the chart above, my color choices would have been among the most popular (I say would have because I’m still tied down to a contract, so I’m stuck with my iPhone 5). The space gray iPhone 5s accounts for 43% of sales, while silver and gold are close to each other at 30% and 27% respectively. While the gold number is respectable, it is still quite a bit higher than I anticipated. I personally am not a huge fan of the gold iPhone, or the idea of a gold phone, but it seems like Apple has been successful with its new color choice.

iPhone 5c Color Breakdown Gender

When it comes to the iPhone 5c, blue is the most popular color, but white is not far behind. Blue and white combined account for 52% of all iPhone 5c sales. These have definitely been the most popular colors, and pink and green are actually not too far behind. Yellow is the outcast in the group, only accounting for 7% of sales. The charts also go on to break down the device sales by gender as well.

From CIRP co-founder Mike Levin:

“iPhone 5S and 5C colors seem to confirm some traditional gender biases. In the iPhone 5C, men prefer the neutral white, and the Space Gray in the iPhone 5S. In contrast, women prefer lighter silver 5S and the brighter iPhone 5C colors. Interestingly, no one, including the women in the survey, appears to want the Yellow iPhone 5C very much.”

Apple actually isn’t buying Color.

It seems news of the company behind “Color” is replacing the iPad mini rumor news. If yo are confused, do not worry, I am too. Yesterday we reported that Color was going to be winding down, and then earlier today we said that Color is being bought by Apple, but now, a new report is saying that Apple is in fact not buying Color, and instead is actually just hiring its engineering team. Here is a quote via All Things D explaining it:

Apple is not buying Color’s technology, intellectual property, domain names or liabilities. Those are being left with the company, which still has considerable cash in the bank — something like $ 25 million — and is going to be wound down.

So, it seems that all this is just going in circles. Color is still winding down, some of the employees there are just moving on to bigger and better things at Apple.

Source: TodaysiPhone.

Apple rumored to acquire Color.

bill nguyen color 1020

As if the confusion over Color’s future was not already enough, we’re now hearing a rumor that could turn the whole story upside down. TheNextWeb‘s very well-placed sources claim that Apple has agreed to pay in the high double digits millions for Bill Nguyen’s controversial photo- and video-sharing startup — and the deal is apparently “done.”

This seems like a pretty outlandish rumor at face value, but it could make some degree of sense. Investors that have yet to see return on Color’s substantial funding would no doubt be pleased, and Apple would gain a team of engineers that has worked together and shipped product in an area where Cupertino has shown interest. iOS6’s Shared Photo Streams feature has quite a lot in common with the original Color, and it’s also worth pointing out that Apple acquired Nguyen’s streaming music service Lala back in 2009. Still, with little to go on this is very much in the realm of rumor and speculation

Source: Verge.