No Retina Display in Next-Generation iMac?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Earlier today, Instapaper developer Marco Arment published his thoughts on a potential timeline for upgrades to Apple's iMac and Mac Pro lines, initially suggesting that the need for an ultra-high resolution 5120x2880 Retina display (either inside the 27-inch iMac or as a standalone display) is likely the most significant hurdle to major updates for those lines.

    With ABC News having reported in May that Apple was planning to bring Retina displays to its next-generation iMac line and suggestions of updated models potentially being right around the corner, anticipation has been high for new Retina iMacs. But shortly after publishing his speculation, Arment is now hearing that while the next iMac update will come later this year, it will not include Retina displays.
    Arment describes some of the issues surrounding Retina displays at the size needed for the 27-inch iMac, including production yield and insufficient bandwidth, but it is unclear why Apple would wait until the fall to update the iMac if those issues will prevent Retina displays from being included in that revision. Even without a Retina display, updated iMac models could take advantage of Ivy Bridge processors, improved graphics chips, and USB 3.0, and those upgrades could be included in a new model any time now.

    As we noted earlier today, vacation blackouts at a third-party technical support firm are hinting at a release of OS X Mountain Lion in late July, and it seems possible that Apple could follow last year's trend of a simultaneous hardware/software launch by introducing new Ivy Bridge iMacs and perhaps Mac minis alongside Mountain Lion. That speculation is, however, yet to be supported by any specific rumors or evidence.

    Following the keynote at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, company representatives were initially quoted as saying that updated Mac Pro and iMac designs were due "later next year", but the company moved to clarify those remarks as applying only to the Mac Pro, suggesting that iMac updates will come ahead of that timeframe.

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  2. nfl46 macrumors 603

    Oct 5, 2008
  3. neiltc13 macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    If it was anything like the MacBook Pro one, then it wouldn't be worth it anyway. OS dumbed down to the point where you can't even select the display resolution you want.
  4. Verita macrumors regular


    Mar 15, 2011
    I'm sorry, but do we really need a retina iMac now? I hope nobody sits close enough to distinguish individual pixels. Maybe a 20-30% pixel boost would be perfect (although scaling would be an issue), with more attention to desktop performance internals, rather than borrowing from the mobile lineup. Make my iMac fatter :eek: but make it faster!
  5. AppleDApp macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2011
    I'd prefer an iMac without retina before the fall.
  6. smithrh macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    Agreed - "retina" across a 27" screen would be insane. I'd be happy with a pixel bump and a spec bump.
  7. BuffyzDead macrumors member


    Dec 30, 2008
    Credit Card In Hand ....Lets GO !!!! Apple

    Buying the moment they go live !!!

    Replacing my 20" original 2006 White iMac,

    with a Splendid 27", fully loaded, fully spec'd out !!!
  8. CitizenKoehn macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2012
    Maybe sarcasm?

    If you're sitting at an apporpriate distance from a 27" iMac, you can't see the pixels. Why on earth would people want a Retina display for that size of screen, unless they want to get rid of some extra money? Not to mention the increased strain on the GPU. What a waste it would be.

    I'm ready for an iMac update, though! Man, I was disappointed they didn't even offer a refresh at WWDC.
  9. Aidan5806 macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2012
    I'm kinda split on whether it would be worth it to have a retina display on an iMac or not. On one hand, 5120x2880 (14,745,600 pixels) is an insane resolution in any device and could be very expensive and maybe a small bit overkill (not really, I'm all for going all out). On the other hand the reality is that for professional users, the ability to consume less than a quarter of the display with a pixel perfect, 1080p, project viewer in FCX (or multiple 1080p streams), or display pixel perfect professional resolution photos in aperture is very, very enticing.
  10. nfl46 macrumors 603

    Oct 5, 2008
    Correct. It was sarcasm.
  11. Bahamut Eos macrumors member

    Bahamut Eos

    Mar 29, 2008
    Los Angeles
    I feel like updated iMacs will be more powerful than available mac pros.
  12. dlowings macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2011
    I honestly dont feel the need for one.. If I had to pick between that display and a quad core i7 I would go with way more horse power.. I use it as a work station...
  13. deedas macrumors regular


    Dec 2, 2003
    Baltimore, Maryland
    I only care about new Mac minis. Stick in a quad core ivy bridge and room for two ssds and I'm a happy camper.
  14. JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

    May 1, 2009
    People were saying the same about the Retina MacBook pro, claiming retina is ok on ios devices but useless on larger screens. Having my Retina MacBook Pro now, I can assure you the leap here is as big, if not bigger, than the leap we saw on iOS. A Retima iMacs would look amazing.
  15. CarlHeanerd macrumors member


    Jun 29, 2008
    Adams County, PA
    We're surprised by this? There is no mobile GPU right now that can power 2x the current pixels of the iMac without taking a serious performance hit or risk overheating.

    The current retina MBP is an experiment, so we'll see what tech develops from it in the next two years.
  16. yanksrock100 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2010
    San Diego
    This is a bummer. Retina is awesome, check out the 15 inch Retina if you haven't seen it already. I hope Apple surprises us this fall with maybe a 13 inch retina, or a new iMac refresh. Retina would be insane (in a good way) on a 21/27 inch screen.
  17. chaosbunny macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2005
    down to earth, far away from any clouds
    I hope they loose the optical drive and solder ram and hd to the mainboard to make it incredibly thin. Throwing computers away if something breaks is just so hip and trendy. You think it will be thin enough to slice bread and cheese?
  18. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    what a sucky surprise to all people anticipating R in the next iMac refresh.

    guess was too soon to expect it.
  19. Fraaaa macrumors 65816


    Mar 22, 2010
    London, UK
    Retina MBP 15" is the only retina will have this, and probably next year. Then will start to apply to 13". iMacs will join the party very late.
  20. EvilEvil macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2007
    New York City
  21. Hakone macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2011
    Southern California
    I may not need a retina in a 27" screen, but a higher density resolution option than what's available already would be welcomed (by me).

    Since the rumored iPhone 5 looks like a darker metal/aluminum, I'd think it would be cool to have that same shade of grey as an option for the next iMac.
  22. portishead macrumors 65816

    Apr 4, 2007
    los angeles
    Sorry but the Retina Macbook Pro is the best Apple product to date. I used to love the Air, but I can't even use it now. This display is awesome.
  23. Pechente macrumors member

    Apr 5, 2010
    Germany / Niedersachsen / Großburgwedel
    The 27" iMac already is close to a Retina-Display for me. If you sit at an average distance away from it, you won't notice individual pixels all that much.
  24. Skulls macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2012
    Compared to my crappy 27" 1980x1920 TN, current iMac @ 2560 is retina to me all the way. All i'm waiting is better graphic chip(hopefully nvidia) and next gen cpu.
    Why would anyone need more than 2560?
  25. Droid13 macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2009
    United Kingdom
    As someone who has been saved up and is ready to purchase a 27" iMac, I am not interested in Retina as such - it is overkill and not really necessary. I just don't like the idea of buying an older model if a new one is round the corner.

    For me, the things I would like to see are better colour reproduction, current generation processors, current generation graphics and current generation inputs.

    I may wait until the baseline OS in the systems is 10.8.3 or thereabouts, depending on how Mountain Lion is received.

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