21.5-Inch Retina 4K iMac Production Getting Underway

imac_21_2013_yosemiteProduction of Apple's upcoming 21.5-inch Retina 4K iMac has begun within the past few days, according to a report from DigiTimes. The new machines are rumored to be launching in late October, but Apple elected not to make any advance announcements about the forthcoming update at today's media event.
Production of a new 21-inch iMac featuring a 4096 by 2304 screen kicked off in early September and will be launched in the fourth quarter, with shipments in the quarter estimated at 1.4-1.5 million units, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. [...]

The sources pointed out that the new 21-inch iMac only has a limited change in industrial design, but is upgraded with better hardware specifications, especially the Ultra HD display.
While the larger 27-inch iMac has received several updates over the past two years to add Retina 5K models at the high end, the 21.5-inch iMac has been unchanged since September 2013 with the exception of an ultra low-end model introduced in June 2014.

Signs of a Retina update for the smaller iMac were discovered in OS X El Capitan in late June, pointing to an update using Broadwell processors and Iris Pro or improved AMD graphics. Rumors of timing for the update started to surface in the following weeks, initially pointing to late third quarter or early fourth quarter before more recently being pinned down to late October for orders and early November for deliveries.

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12 months ago
Seems like 21.5" is small for 4K. I sure would like to see a 24" 4K iMac. Anyways I will probably buy a new Skylake iMac next near and I hoping for a nice redesign to go with it.
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12 months ago

Here's to hoping for an October event with new Macs and iPad Air 3!

There was a rumor that the iPad Air 3 was delayed until early next year as resources were focused on the iPad Pro. Expect Skylake Macs to be unveiled in that same timeframe. If I had to guess now, it would be between mid-February and mid-March. They might also show off some more of those accessories that were hinted to use the iPad Pro's new port. It was also rumored that their TV streaming service would be available around that time, so we could see that as well. That's enough for an event!

They could conceivably show off the Apple Watch 2 at such an event, especially if it's in March, but my gut says they won't do that until next September as that event is looking kinda light with the iPhone 7 and maybe some iPad speed bumps. Although Apple could show off their new search engine and iCloud services at that event. I have a feeling 2016 is going to be a big year for services at Apple.
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12 months ago
Since I plan on using an external display anyway, would be nice to have all the upgrade options as the 27"...
But the iMac needs an update anyway and honestly 4K at 21.5" is crazy! 40" is recommended for 1:1 ratio for 4K and 43-45" for 5K.

I also want to see Thunderbolt 3 which uses the USB Type-C connection to be used on the iMac simply because this would allow for external GPUs "which thunderbolt 2 can do but thunderbolt 3 brings pci-e 3.0 and HDMI 2.0! I already have a Titan-X in my gaming rig, would be epic to use on my work machine 2!

I'd still want to see thunderbolt 2 connections with thunderbolt 3 being added, so I should see 2x thunderbolt 3, 2x thunderbolt 2, 2x usb 3.1, audio in/out "optical, and analog", microphone, and power in.

I also want to see DDR4 in all macs! DDR4 was first publically released with X99 last August and was released to the consumer line "current skylake processors", since the iMac mainly used the consumer processors we should be seeing Skylake chips inside the next update and apple used to update the iMacs not long after the consumer chips was released or even before!
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12 months ago
It is about time for an iMac form factor update, seems like they would take this opportunity to do that. Maybe next year.
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12 months ago
Will they still have the Mac event?
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12 months ago

('http://www.macrumors.com/2015/09/09/imac-retina-4k-21-production/')



Production of Apple's upcoming 21.5-inch Retina 4K iMac has begun within the past few days, according to a report from DigiTimes ('http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150909PD205.html'). The new machines are rumored to be launching in late October ('http://www.macrumors.com/2015/09/03/apple-4k-21-5-inch-imac-october-launch/'), but Apple elected not to make any advance announcements about the forthcoming update at today's media event.While the larger 27-inch iMac has received several updates over the past two years to add Retina 5K models at the high end, the 21.5-inch iMac has been unchanged since September 2013 with the exception of an ultra low-end model introduced in June 2014 ('http://www.macrumors.com/2014/06/18/apple-launches-new-cheaper-imac-1099/').

Signs of a Retina update for the smaller iMac were discovered in OS X El Capitan ('http://www.macrumors.com/2015/06/25/os-x-el-capitan-code-hints-at-21-5-inch-imac/') in late June, pointing to an update using Broadwell processors and Iris Pro or improved AMD graphics. Rumors of timing for the update started to surface in the following weeks, initially pointing to late third quarter or early fourth quarter ('http://www.macrumors.com/2015/07/18/kuo-gold-apple-watch-sport/') before more recently being pinned down to late October ('http://www.macrumors.com/2015/09/03/apple-4k-21-5-inch-imac-october-launch/') for orders and early November for deliveries.

Article Link: 21.5-Inch Retina 4K iMac Production Getting Underway ('http://www.macrumors.com/2015/09/09/imac-retina-4k-21-production/')

Really want a sky lake rImac. Patiently waiting is frustrating as hell
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12 months ago
Hoping for Skylake in a month or two instead of Broadwell.
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12 months ago

It is about time for an iMac form factor update, seems like they would take this opportunity to do that. Maybe next year.

"About time" why? Too thick?
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12 months ago

Something tells me that Skylake will be in the next iMacs instead of Broadwell. There are so few Broadwell CPUs out there, it made little impact in any PC/enthusiast/Mac marketplace.


Skylake or Broadwell? Why is Macrumors saying Broadwell but the same article was written at AppleInsider saying Skylake....it would be a sore disappointment to update a 2 year old computer with Broadwell. :(
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12 months ago

..it would be a sore disappointment to update a 2 year old computer with Broadwell. :(



This.
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