Retina iMac currently in late-stage testing, could launch alongside OS X Yosemite according to new report

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Rumors of an iMac with a Retina display measuring in at 27-inches have been swirling for some time now, with the most recent surfacing earlier in September. Now, a new report suggests that Apple could be gearing up to launch the new desktop sooner, rather than later.

The report was published on Monday, September 29 by 9to5Mac, and cites unnamed sources that have reportedly used Apple’s upcoming desktop devices. They have reportedly informed the publication that the new computers will retain the slim profile as the current iMac lineup, which was refreshed back in 2012 with a remarkably thin design, but will utilize new hardware underneath. That includes faster processors, and even improved Wi-Fi antennas.

If the report is true, then it would appear that Apple is preparing to launch the Retina display iMac as early as October, when it’s expected the Cupertino-based company will launch OS X Yosemite to the public. The unnamed sources state that the machines are running the new desktop operating system, and will launch with the upcoming OS available right out of the box. Indeed, several early reports regarding a higher resolution support for Apple’s desktop software surfaced in OS X Yosemite betas. Moreover, the reversible USB Type-C standard supports an alternate DisplayPort mode, which offers support for higher-resolution displays.

If a 27-inch (or similarly sized) iMac with a Retina display is indeed coming, and with Apple’s iPhones, iPads and Macs all boasting the higher-resolution displays now, desktops seem to be the next logical step, the likelihood of it offering a higher price tag is likely. As far as pricing goes, though, the original report had no information.

How much would you spend for a desktop with a Retina display?

[via 9to5Mac]