21.5-inch iMac with 4K resolution tipped for October unveil, November launch
It’s hard to concentrate on anything other than the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus that Apple might have in the pipeline for the foreseeable future, even if relatively exciting upgrades are reportedly planned for iPads, Apple TVs, and iMacs.
Cupertino would have probably been smart ergo to put off its A8-powered digital media player until sometime after the iPhone-centric September 9 event. Meanwhile, it’s possible new iPads will indeed be kept on the sidelines, and it’s essentially etched in stone the highly anticipated 4K 21.5-inch iMac shall break cover next month.
No 5K love for the “diminutive” configuration of Apple’s enduring all-in-one desktop computer lineup? Not likely, but that’s because 4,096 x 2,304 pixels are plenty on a 21.5-inch screen. The “true” 4K resolution would produce a 218 ppi, which is roughly on-par with the pixel density of the 5,120 x 2,880 27-inch iMac.
Expect Retina branding therefore, and an early November commercial rollout quickly following the late October announcement speculated by rock-solid albeit anonymous “inside” sources.
Currently, 21.5-inch iMacs only sport 1,920 x 1,080 display resolution, aka Full HD, and cost between $1,099 and $1,499, depending on processor, memory, storage, and graphics. Tipped to run OS X El Capitan, the platform’s twelfth major release and Yosemite’s sequel, out the box, the new 4K models should obviously command significantly higher prices.
$1,300, $1,500, what’s the minimum you’d pay for an ultra-high-res 21.5-inch Apple iMac?