It’s been almost four years since Apple’s iPhone 4 delighted us with crisp, “Retina” sharpness, and shortly after that, the iPad 3 did the same for the company’s famed tablet. Then, the MacBook Pro with Retina display manifested back in 2012, and we all thought that the rest of the Mac range would naturally follow suit thereafter. It didn’t happen, though, and with new reports suggesting that the iMac will be getting a refresh next week, it looks like we’re still going to be left waiting for that elusive resolution bump.
As per a report over at MacG, The iMac range will be bumped next week by a very modest spec increase, but with many reports suggesting that the all-in-one desktop computer would be Retina-fied in the near future, this now looks like it won’t be happening for at least another few months.
OS X beta builds have alluded to Retina iMacs, as well as reports supposedly corroborated by supply chain sources, but for the time being, a rudimentary clock speed increase is all there is to be excited about as far as the iMac is concerned. In fact, for both variants of the current machine, the processor speed will increase a mere 100 MHz, which, while still noteworthy, isn’t really much to write home about.
MacG is fairly reliable when it comes to these kinds of predictions, so we can fairly safely say that the refresh is imminent. If you were holding off an iMac purchase in hope of news of an upgrade, then you’re still best off waiting until the new line is announced, although if, as we suspect, you were hoping for a Retina display, you’ll need to resort to Plan B.
It’s not all doom and gloom, though. Allied to a spec bump, it is also though that Apple may drop the price of the iMac slightly, and although the saving is likely to be about as uninspiring as the processor improvement, it still helps to make the iMac an overall more attractive acquisition.
As well as the iMac, Apple fans are also waiting in the wings for the MacBook Air and Thunderbolt display to be afforded a Retina upgrade, and should any evidence arise to this effect, then we’ll have it all covered here at Redmond Pie!
(Source: MacG [Google Translate])