Are we really about to see a 21.5 inch iMac with 4K Retina display come out?

by on August 7, 2015

Stephan Jukic – August 07, 2015

As we’ve covered before on, there have been lots of rumors swirling around about the possibility of a new 21 inch iMac with a 4K Retina display emerging some time very soon.

Considering how beautiful the 5K screen on Apple’s 27 inch 5K Retina iMac, which emerged in October of 2014, is, it’s not hard to understand some of the excitement around the 21 inch ultra HD version we’re talking about.

Now however, with revelations about the display support specs built into Apple’s latest OS X El Capitan, we can almost certainly expect the 21.5 inch iMac to really go on sale sometime in the next few months.

As it turns out, software buffs investigating the code behind the El Capitan OS X discovered that the operating system is built to handle a 4K resolution of a very hefty 4096 x 2304 pixels, much larger than the still massive resolution found on most modern 4K PC monitors and TVs, at 3840 x 2160 pixels. Given that Apple is due for the release of a 21.5 inch iMac, two and two can be put together to arrive at a plausible conclusion that the small 4K iMac is just around the corner.

The current 21.5 inch iMac comes with a conventional Full HD screen, far from 4K

The current 21.5 inch iMac comes with a conventional Full HD screen, far from 4K

The existing 5K iMac from Apple, the company’s only 4K or higher display device to date, is already selling for a price that’s been deeply discounted from its original post-release retail tag of $2,499. Currently, the 5K iMac is going for “just” $1,999. Considering its overall specs and that absolutely beautiful 5K screen, this is actually a pretty good deal.

Furthermore, to further bolster the speculation about the 4K 21.5 inch iMac, French website Consomac, recently spotted several new photos of El Capitan Beta on Apple screens. Two of these images showed the OS working on the 27 inch 5K iMac but a third, newer image displayed what the image attributes describe as a new 21.5 inch iMac with a Retina display.

Again, all of this is speculation still but the current 21.5 inch iMac supports only a Full HD display without any sort of Retina resolution and the next version of the device will definitely come with El Capitan. Thus, given El Cap’s massive resolution support, the assumption of 4K is a fairly safe one to make.

As for pricing, we can expect the new 21.5 inch iMac to definitely cost more than the current HD version’s $1,099 price tag but it’s unlikely to be as expensive as even the reduced price of its 27 inch 5K cousin.

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