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.
Retina iMac currently in late-stage testing, could launch alongside OS X Yosemite according to new report
Following a reference to a mid-2014 model Mac mini that was recently uncovered on an Apple support page for Boot Camp, and later removed, it has now been reported that a mid-2014 model 27-inch iMac was also briefly listed on the same page. Apple has yet to release a new Mac mini or 27-inch iMac this year, hinting that updates could be on the horizon.
Earlier today, Apple introduced a “low-cost” iMac, which is meant to be a gateway computer to the higher-priced models that Apple’s had on the market for quite some time. For those who might be curious of the finer details under the hood, a teardown might come in handy.
A new entry-level iMac was officially announced today, bringing the starting price of getting a computer from Apple’s main desktop line down to $1,099. But as many publications have noted, the computer is oddly underpowered compared to its siblings, and new benchmarks show that the lower-voltage processors in these new models are definitely as weak as they would be presumed to be.
While it was rumored that Apple might introduce low-priced iMacs at its WWDC keynote last week, the event came and went with no new hardware announcements. It looks like Apple had different plans all along, with a new report from French website MacGeneration (Google Translation) claiming that the iPhone maker will launch updated iMacs with faster processors next week as part of a quieter refresh to its all-in-one desktop computers.
Apple is rumored to be preparing a refresh for its iMac line of desktops, with the latest hint coming from OS X Yosemite. As noted by Macbidouille, the developer preview of OS X Yosemite includes a file that defines new display scaling resolutions for a machine identified as an iMac. This report follows an earlier discovery from OS X 10.9.4 beta that also referenced a new iMac model.
Earlier today, KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo claimed that Apple may be planning to introduce a low-cost iMac model alongside an 8GB iPhone 5s during its Worldwide Developers Conference next week.