Apple might have a 4K 21.5 inch iMac hitting stores by October 13

by on October 7, 2015

Stephan Jukic – October 07, 2015

The rumors about Apple’s supposed upcoming 21.5 inch iMac with 4K display have been rife for some time now and we’ve reported on them here as well but now a new and much more immediately verifiable story has emerged that the 4K iMac is actually right on the verge of being released and will be available as of as early as next week, on Tuesday the 13th of October.

After releasing the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus with native 4K video shooting capacity and unveiling a new Apple TV version –which alas doesn’t feature 4K support, once again—Apple has certainly been busy and this lends a bit more credibility to this latest iMac rumor.

In any case, according to the website 9to5Mac, Apple will be announcing the production of a new 21.5 inch iMac with a 4K Retina display next week and the model in question could even be hitting store shelves as early as the 13th. Originally, the rumors about the iMac also mentioned it being released at the same time as Apple’s new OS X known as El Capitan but we have no confirmation of this either.

In terms of design, the new iMac model is supposedly going to look almost identical to its non-4K counterpart but will feature a “True” 4K resolution of 4096 x 2304 pixels. This specific number is based on specs located in the programming of the El Capitan Beta OS X operating system and if true represents a higher than normal level of 4K resolution that greatly increases pixel density for such a small screen as the iMac’s.


The vast majority of PC, laptop and even TV display monitors on sale already only come with 4K UHD displays of 3840 x 2160 pixels and only a couple of displays, namely Dell’s UltraSharp 5K monitor and Apple’s 5K Retina iMac from October of 2014, offer resolutions that go beyond normal 4K.

The 21.5 inch iMac would in fact have

the soon to arrive (possibly) 4K iMac will look almost the same as its HD predecessor

the soon to arrive (possibly) 4K iMac will look almost the same as its HD predecessor

a ppi of 218.6 pixels, even more than the ppi of the 27 inch 5K iMac, due to the former’s much smaller screen size.

The 5K Retina iMac currently sells for $1,999 at a premium of $200 over its non-5K cousin. Thus, if the 4K Retina iMac really does emerge next week, we can expect a similar sort of elevated pricing scheme for the new machine. The current Full HD 21.5 inch iMac sells for a starting price of $1,099.

Apple has a track record of being oddly leery of adopting 4K display and resolution technology in its devices. We’ve previously noted this with the company’s smartphones (only the most recent finally got native 4K video shooting capacity), their PC displays and laptops and of course with the Apple TV platform, whose newest version still won’t include 4K support despite a market with increasing competition from other streaming TV media devices that do offer 4K.

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