Odds of a 21 inch retina display this year?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Yourbigpalal83, May 23, 2015.

  1. Yourbigpalal83 macrumors regular

    May 22, 2015
    I brought this up in another thread as a response to my inquiry for considering a 5k 27inch, but I'm wondering, what do you guys think the odds are for a retina 21 inch line and for what price?

    I say if so, most likely in the fall and hopefully 1500 bucks for a high end model. Thoughts?
  2. shenan1982 macrumors 68040


    Nov 23, 2011
    I'd think it's only a matter of time. I can't imagine them refreshing the 21 without them going retina, ... the price point it'd be in just doesn't support NOT doing Retina. If the 27 starts at 1999, I can see a 21 starting at 1499, or perhaps even less. Likely a back to school bump.
  3. Neodym macrumors 68000


    Jul 5, 2002
    I expect Apple to move the smaller iMac to 24", as there are some 4k (i.e. Retina) displays on the market in that size, but none with 21.5".
  4. xmichaelp macrumors 68000


    Jul 10, 2012
  5. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    As I've told you before, a size change to 24" is very unlikely. The 4K iMac will have a 21.5" display and run at a resolution of 1920x1080 HiDPI, which will retain the same size of elements as on the current 21.5" iMacs. This follows the exact same pattern as the 27" 5K iMac.
  6. Lava Lamp Freak macrumors 65816

    Jun 1, 2006
    Neodym is right.

    The fact is that there aren't any 21.5-inch 4k panels in production this year. Panels are known about months in advance of availability.


    In the case of the 5k panel in the Retina iMac, it was known about in February last year. ("Interesting New LG.Display Panels in Production", tftcentral.co.uk, February 20, 2014.)

    Of course Apple could just keep waiting and release a 21.5-inch Retina iMac next year, if panels are available then.

    Maybe we'll hear something at the WWDC next month.
  7. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    It may well get a 3K panel though which would be retina quality at that screen size....
  8. iwan073 macrumors regular


    May 1, 2011
    The Netherlands
    Would it be unwise to buy a new 21.5" iMac now? Cause I want to replace my 2011 one.

    Maybe wait till WWDC?
  9. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    iwan wrote:
    "Would it be unwise to buy a new 21.5" iMac now? Cause I want to replace my 2011 one."

    Have you considered the 27" model, even the non-retina one?

    You'll like the bigger screen.....
  10. iwan073 macrumors regular


    May 1, 2011
    The Netherlands
    I'd love the bigger screen, but my budget...
    The cheapest 27" retina doesn't have a SSD, which is what I want.
  11. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2008
    Check out refurbs. You can often get a 27 for the price of the higher end 21. Unless you have to absolutely go with the cheapest model.

    As for Apple changing screen sizes, I wonder if they would. 24 and 27 are not very big differences. I have a 24 inch and a 27 inch Apple a Cinema Display and they're visually pretty similar.

    But I wouldn't put anything past Apple. I think within the next year or two they'll really want to drop any non-retina devices from any product line ups.

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