For too long, the 21.5-inch iMac lacked a Retina display, but that could change as soon as next Tuesday.
Apple is said to be announcing a new 4K iMac next week, with availability beginning as early as Oct. 13, according to a report from 9to5Mac’s ever-reliable Mark Gurman. 9to5Mac also reports that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will ship early November.
It was reported last month that a line of code was found in an OS X El Capitan beta that indicated the eventual launch of a device with a 21.5-inch, 4K display. This latest report seems to confirm the line of code in question wasn’t simply a placeholder.
Besides the 21.5-inch iMac, the MacBook Air and the old unibody MacBook Pro are the only computers that lack a Retina display.
Besides the 21.5-inch iMac, the MacBook Air and the old unibody MacBook Pro are the only computers that lack a Retina display. Given its emphasis of screen size over portability, the fact that the 21.5-inch iMac hasn’t yet been available with one is an odd choice.
A hardware update under the skin is also expected, an obvious move given that the 21.5-inch iMac hasn’t received an update since September 2013. An earlier MacRumors report points to Intel’s Broadwell processors making an appearance, as well as a beefed up graphics card to handle the new display.
The updated iMacs shouldn’t look different than their predecessors, until you fire up the new 4096×2034 pixel display, of course. With the upgraded hardware will come a higher price, as was the case with the 5K display for the 27-inch iMac.
9to5Mac also reports that Apple is currently developing a new Bluetooth keyboard and a new Magic Mouse, but it’s unclear if either of those components will debut with the launch of the new iMac. Additionally, the report says the iPad Pro will ship in early November. Currently, Apple’s site only says “Available November” in regards to the iPad Pro.
This news comes just hours after Microsoft’s Windows 10 device event where it launched its first ever laptop, the Surface Book, along with the Surface Pro 4, two new Lumia Phones and an updated Band wearable.
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