Anyone that loves super hi-res, crystal clear computer screens might be interested in hints of a new unreleased Apple product waiting in the wings. Configuration files discovered in the latest beta (version 6) of Apple’s OS X desktop operating system point to a 4K resolution device, probably a new iMac update.
4K iMac on the way?
The files were discovered by French website Consomac, and point to a new built-in display with a standard 4K resolution of 4,096 x 2,304 pixels. Speculation over which product might get 4K centres at the moment on Apple’s smallest 21.5-inch iMac, which hasn’t had much of an update in two years.
That conjecture is backed up by icons found in related files that also identify the device as an iMac, but their association has not been confirmed independently.
With a 4K display in a 21.-5 inch form factor, the good-looking desktop all-in-one would have around 218 pixels per inch, the same as the 27-inch 5K version of the iMac. According to the files however, users of the updated iMac would be also able to choose scaled resolutions up to 5K.
Samsung is believed to be one of the main suppliers of the 4K panels, which is no surprise considering their long history with Apple’s desktop supply chain. And it’s also the second time in the last few months that Mac OS X beta software has hinted at new 4K Apple machines.
Meanwhile, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has recently said that he expects new iMacs to be released in the next few months, though he didn’t explicitly mention a 4K resolution 21.5-inch iMac.