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Apple May Launch 27-Inch Retina iMac With AMD Graphics as Soon as Next Month

imac_27_angleFollowing several recent reports on Apple's long-rumored ultra-thin 12-inch notebook, Jack March is now reporting that Apple is indeed working on a 27-inch "5K" Retina iMac with a resolution of 5120 x 2880. According to the report, which MacRumors has reason to believe is based on legitimate information, the machine could launch as soon as next month.
A source familiar with Apple’s plans tells me that Apple is indeed planning to launch a Retina iMac at their next press event, however the 27″ Model will be the only model that gets this feature. The source says the new 27″ iMac will use a 5120 x 2880 panel as leaked in the OSX Yosemite code a few months ago. This resolution is double the current resolution of the 27″ iMac which is 2560×1440.
This new 27-inch Retina iMac would continue to use Haswell processors, topping out at the 4.0 GHz Core i7-4790K, as Intel's next-generation Broadwell processors will not be ready until possibly the middle of next year. The report also claims Apple will be switching to AMD graphics for this new iMac, while the overall design and port configuration would remain the same as the current model.

The report's sources suggest the move to Retina will be limited to the larger 27-inch iMac at this time, with the 21.5-inch model continuing to use the current 1920 x 1080 display.

Rumors of a 27-inch Retina display or iMac from Apple have been circulating for some time, but have picked up steam in recent weeks with a specific claim of a 5K Apple display launching before the end of the year, as well as Dell's own announcement of such a display. With finalization of the DisplayPort 1.3 specification, connectivity will also become easier as that standard rolls out, allowing for single-cable uncompressed video at 5K resolutions.

Update 6:46 AM: 9to5Mac is hearing similar information about Retina iMacs being in "late testing stages" at Apple.

Update 9:00 AM: Re/code's John Paczkowski is also hearing similar word.

Update 10:22 AM: Paczkowski has now included a blurb on the topic in his latest column, quoting a source saying "expect a fall release."

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56 months ago
Ok, I'm ready to put it trough some casual testing:
Rating: 30 Votes
56 months ago
Hopefully this means a Retina Thunderbolt Display will be out around the same time as well. :)
Rating: 25 Votes
56 months ago

Am I the only one who thinks this isn't a good idea? Cramming double the resolution into the same size screen? My eyes aren't getting any younger, and while I can increase the font size etc. why should I have to?

At a certain point such high resolutions don't make sense without a corresponding increase in monitor size.

Have you been sleeping in the last few years? The size of the UI elements won't change at all, only the pixel density gets quadruplicated, which is actually very good for your eyes.
Rating: 18 Votes
56 months ago
Very welcome news. Just let us upgrade the RAM and I am all in :-)
Rating: 15 Votes
56 months ago

AMD? Oh boy... It's time for Apple to find a better solution.

Better than Intel graphics.
Rating: 15 Votes
56 months ago
4k/5k thunderbolt display pls :(
Rating: 14 Votes
56 months ago
PC: You can do anything with our computers.
Apple: We're pretty cute.
PC: You can update hardware for what you're going to use the computer for.
Apple: We'll update it for you in about 2-3 years, okay?
PC: You can play games on us.
Apple: We put chess on for free!
PC: You can hook all your devices up to us.
Apple: We don't consider it incest at all. But you can only use family devices.
PC: We >>>>>> blue screen <<<<<<<
Apple: /snicker/ >>>>>>spinning beach ball<<<<<< /damnit/
Rating: 12 Votes
56 months ago
Forget this. Where's my Retina Mac Mini?

Rating: 9 Votes
56 months ago
No chance I'll take one on the first generation. lol.
Rating: 9 Votes
56 months ago
I'm confused by this thread....

In what alternate reality is AMD graphics the bane of existence?

Apple has transitioned back and forth between AMD and NVIDIA cards for years depending on which card best suited the product they were making that year.

How is possible that anyone outside of the few Apple engineers working on this product could have any idea what card will work best in the new product...? :confused:

Oh wait. That's right. This is the internet. My apologies. Carry on.


Give me a Retina Mac Mini, please!

(I know where the exit is... going there right now)

I too am anxiously waiting the refreshed Mac mini. I could buy a few of them for what this 27" beast is bound to debut at.
Rating: 9 Votes

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