Apple may be preparing a new iMac desktop computer with a high-resolution Retina display, according to code hidden in its upcoming operating system.
A new beta version of the operating system, OS X El Capitan, shows evidence that Apple is planning to give its 21.5-inch iMac a 4K Retina display upgrade, according to the French website, Consomac.
Apple introduced the 27-inch version of the 5K Retina iMac in October 2014, but Apple left out the 21.5-inch model, which still has a regular LED display that’s nowhere near as sharp.
The 21-inch version of the Retina iMac will be 4K, according to the code, which means 3840 x 2160 resolution. It’s a little over two and a half times as sharp as Apple’s regular 2560 x 1440 LED display, and four times as sharp as your 1080p HD TV.
Relatively little 4K content is available at the moment, and these computers are mostly designed for professionals like photographers and video editors so they can see images and video in extremely clear detail.
Apple has a 5K image on its 27-inch iMac with 5k Retina product page, which looks stunning even on a 1080p display, but would look even better on Apple’s 4K Retina display.
If Apple is putting code in its operating system for a new iMac, that probably means it’s close to launch. If we had to guess, the new iMac will come in the fall, which would be a year after it introduced the first Retina iMac.
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