New 27-inch iMac with 5K resolution… this fall?
The data comes from LCD WitsView, which was cited by Taiwanese publication DigiTimes on the technology industry, which although it has a poor track record on apple-related rumours, generally has its own sources. In this case, the sources seem to be the guys at WitsView, who expect to see Apple’s release of a 5K-resolution iMac by the end of the year.
So far, the detail challenge of the supposed new iMac with Retina display has not been revealed. The report suggests that Apple’s new iMac would join a series of “Ultra HD” panels that would be ready to arrive before the end of the year.
If Apple will launch an iMac 5K, it will surely not have a cheap price : The report said that the average price of a 28-inch Ultra HD monitor was $630 in August . The company currently uses a slightly smaller panel size of 27 inches for its larger iMac, while the base desktop model features a 21.5-inch screen.
OS X Yosemite gave the first clues
The first indications that a Retina display could be seen in iMac were first seen in June thanks to the beta version of the OS X 10.10 Yosemite operating system . A previously unpublished string of code in the operating system noted that screen resolutions up to 6400 by 3600 pixels, could be scaled to the size of a retinal display.
Rumours of an iMac with a Retina display are not new, as there has been talk of this possibility for some years now. But so far the only Macs with high-resolution panels are the MacBook Pro , the Tim Cook boys’ top-of-the-line notebook. Also, as pointed out by AppleInsider, it is rumored that the company is working on a new 12-inch MacBook Air design with a Retina screen.
At the moment we do not know if these rumors are true or not, but it would not be strange for Apple to play, especially considering that professionals in the image sector (video or photography), are working increasingly with high-resolution images that need this type of screen to properly appreciate all the details.
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