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


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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

Following 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."

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


macrumors 603
Jan 20, 2010
Hopefully this means a Retina Thunderbolt Display will be out around the same time as well. :)


macrumors regular
Feb 25, 2009
My new workstation come next month then.. In a hearthbeat, I don´t care if they slap a $4000 price tag on it.


macrumors 65816
Aug 19, 2006
hopefully Apple will put a decent graphics card in it.

Its the one bottleneck compared to a high end PC.

The Deepness

macrumors regular
Jan 27, 2008
Would there be AAAAAAAAAANY chance of upgrading the displays in my 2012 or 2013 27" iMacs to one of these 5k displays? :confused:


macrumors 6502a
Feb 9, 2010
Very surprised about these AMD rumours. The new GTX970 and 980 are incredibly powerful and power efficient. Still hoping they would go NVIDIA way, unless AMD has something new up their sleeves.


macrumors 68000
Apr 4, 2003
I'll wait for Rev B with Broadwell chipset. My mid-2010 is getting long in the tooth but I'd prefer to wait for the significant bump. The bigger news here IMO is the probable 5K Thunderbolt Display.


macrumors newbie
Sep 29, 2014
There go FPS...Poof

AMD Graphics? What in the world is Apple thinking? 5k resolution with an AMD GPU? Poof...there go your frame rates, right down the drain.


macrumors 6502
Jun 9, 2009
Calgary, Canada
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.


macrumors newbie
Jan 17, 2007
AMD, blah

disappointing if they do move to AMD with the iMacs. NVidia is a much better option with the ability to work with CUDA and the creative suite.


macrumors regular
Feb 12, 2008
New York, NY
But what about a retina Mac mini?! I mean, a Mac mini with just enough graphics oomph to power a 4K/5K thunderbolt display? Is that what Apple is waiting for?
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