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Apple to Launch 4K 21.5-inch Retina iMac Next Week, iPad Pro in Early November

Apple plans to introduce the rumored 21.5-inch Retina iMac next week, reports 9to5Mac. There will be several models that could show up in stores as early as October 13, but supplies may be somewhat limited until production ramps up in November.

As has been previously rumored, the 21.5-inch iMac will have a resolution of 4096 x 2304. Code discovered in OS X El Capitan has pointed towards Broadwell chips with Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 and AMD Radeon M380 - M395X discrete graphics for the new iMacs.

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Rumors have also suggested the new 21.5-inch iMac will include an improved display quality with greater color saturation, but the external design of the machine will remain the same. Due to the new Retina displays, the 21.5-inch iMac models will be priced higher than existing iMac models.

The 27-inch iMac is not likely to receive an update alongside the 21.5-inch iMac and it is not clear if Apple will also debut new rumored accessories alongside the machine. According to regulatory filings, Apple is working on a second-generation Magic Mouse and a new wireless keyboard with Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity and a rechargeable battery.

As for the iPad Pro, Japanese site Mac Otakara recently suggested the larger-screened tablet would launch in early November, a rumor that 9to5Mac concurs with in today's report.

Related Roundups: iMac, iPad Pro
Tag: 9to5mac.com
Buyer's Guide: iMac (Caution), 12.9" iPad Pro (Neutral)


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10 months ago
Can't wait for the updated 27" RiMac with Skylake (when it's available). It's rumored to have an even better display.

It's still nice that Apple is rounding out the iMac lineup with Retina. I just wish it was a 24" iMac instead of the 21.5".
Rating: 17 Votes
10 months ago
Why wouldnt they refreash the 27" Retina iMacs?
Rating: 9 Votes
10 months ago
I'll wait for Skylake and TB3 next year.
Rating: 9 Votes
10 months ago
Wish they would bring back the 24" model, I loved that one. 21.5" always seemed a bit too small and 27" a bit too big. Regardless it will be nice to have retina across the line.
Rating: 9 Votes
10 months ago
I just want a Thunderbolt 2 display to connect to a MacBook Pro...
Rating: 8 Votes
10 months ago
Waiting for Skylake 27" with latest and greatest AMD or nVidia grfx (hopefully 6 GB or more VRAM... X-Plane 10 you see...)
Rating: 6 Votes
10 months ago
Why do they insist on sticking with the stupid 21 inch? They should at least have a middle tier that 23 or 24 inch.
Rating: 6 Votes
10 months ago
Hopefully the Apple TV launches next week too?! :D
Rating: 4 Votes
10 months ago

I just want a Thunderbolt 2 display to connect to a MacBook Pro...

+1.

SSD as standard option would be nice.
Rating: 4 Votes
10 months ago
Sounds tempting on the surface, but by the time you properly spec the machine (using current prices) you might as well get the 5K iMac. Starting with the 21.5" non-retina iMac, if you bump up to an i7 (3.1GHz), 16GB of RAM, a 1TB Fusion Drive and only a GeForce GT 750M 1GB, the price is $2099. If you get a 27" 5K iMac with base i7 (3.3GHz), 16GB of RAM, a 1TB Fusion Drive and a Radeon R9 M290 2GB for only $300 more at $2399.

I think by this point all of the iMacs should probably come with a Fusion Drive standard. SSD upgrade options to also be lowered to a fairer price as SSD prices have plummeted over the past year. There's just no way that 500GB is worth $500 as the prices of SSDs are now less than $0.50/GB. Even when including the Apple tax (which I'll usually happily pay) it's way too high. If they keep the 8GB of RAM as standard, then they might consider at least lowering the upgrade price, especially for the 16GB tier which seems really out of whack. Or maybe dropping the starting price. Alternatively they could set the standard at 16GB with 32GB and 64GB upgrade options priced higher. The needle needs to move forward somehow.

I'd really like a 5K iMac with a mid-range i7, mid-range graphics, 1TB SSD and 32GB of RAM for around $3200 or less. I might be able to do it if I upgrade my own RAM (which I think you can still do on the 27" model), and use a 512GB SSD with external SSD drives for storage. I've already got my Lightroom catalog on a 4TB RAID 0 drive that gets backed up to a standard 4TB drive. I'm planning on upgrading to a higher-MP, possibly full-frame camera sometime over the next year so having more RAM will really help process those huge RAW files. I've been planning on a Skylake upgrade for a while but I might wait and see how my camera situation pans out. As it is my 2012 rMBP is still running like a champ and my main reason for wanting to upgrade is to have a larger, external retina display. I'll probably have this next machine for at least five years so I want decent specs. I might look at the Mac Pro as well if they update it soon.
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