Retina or 4K iMacs probable anytime soon?

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  1. Noctilux.95 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 20, 2010
  2. Klae17 macrumors 65816


    Jul 15, 2011
    iMacs will be skipping the retina display and go to 4K. We will see the 4k display for the Mac Pro before the iMac gets it.
  3. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Retina isn't anything else but a very high definition display, it's not any specific resolution. The idea behind it is that at the average viewing distance, individual pixels cannot be seen, making the display about as accurate as the human retina.

    As for 4K in iMac, it'll happen sooner or later. We probably won't see an update until H2'14 anyway (no new CPUs until then), so it's possible that we'll see iMac going 4K this year already.
  4. Klae17 macrumors 65816


    Jul 15, 2011
    I know what retina is. Thank you.
  5. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    I think no on both counts, remember this is a rumors forums so all you get are wild guesses because Apple normally does not release information about new products.
  6. Ddyracer macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2009
    The iMac pro aka mini trashcan has a bto for 4k. Apparently (Macformat) showed a video where it had a refresh rate of 30.3 fps. Which is kinda bad for games. So, let's sort that and the price out and suddenly yes, it makes sense.

    I do think Apple should come out with dual sli mobile cards for the iMac if they do 4k. Enable crossfire for games so devs take advantage of its capabilities. That would be killa:cool:
  7. Woodcrest64 macrumors 65816


    Aug 14, 2006
    My guess is that you won't see a Retina or 4K iMac until 2015 so there is enough supply, they can run at 60hz and are affordable for the iMac line.
  8. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    The screen might be 4K, but they won't run 4K natively. They will be retina'd
  9. Dreadnought macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2002
    Almere, The Netherlands
    I think it doesn't depend if there is a display that can handle it, because they're coming in the next couple of months, but it's more if there is a capable mobile videocard that doesn't generate too much heat and consumes too much power and gives plenty of framerates. That will be the bottleneck for a 4K iMac.
  10. ventuss macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2011
    I guess if you plan on gaming on an iMac, there is no rush for retina display, because there is gonna take a few years until a mobile graphic card can run most games natively at such a high definition.

    If a GeForce GTX 780M can't do the best of jobs on a 1440p display, 880M won't as well, and that is why I don't care to wait another couple of years.
  11. Tanax macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2011
    Stockholm, Sweden
    We all know that 4K gaming is far off. But that isn't the only reason for a 4K display. It would be amazing to watch your photos, videos and even surfing the web in 4K. And you don't need THAT much GPU power for that, at least not compared to 4K gaming.
  12. toddzrx macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2012
    Given some of the 4K displays being shown at CES, it'll be at least feasible for Apple to put 4K screens in their iMac line. I could see them doing the same thing as with the Macbook Pro line where they keep a version with the current screen resolutions, plus a "pro" version that has a 4K screen. But while possible, my gut tells me we won't see 4K screens until next year, when the iMac is possibly slated for a redesign.

    Also, I expect we'll see a new Thunderbolt 4K display before the iMac receives it.
  13. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2013
    Oregon, USA
    Early = fall 14
    Probable = late 15
    Delayed = summer 16
  14. Mac32, Jan 8, 2014
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    Mac32 Suspended

    Nov 20, 2010
    The development of computer monitors is going really slooooow. Don't 4K displays presently run at 30hz? That's not ideal. We should be above 60hz now, at least at 85hz, preferably higher.
    We might get a 21'' or 24'' retina display by the end of the year, or most likely sometime next year, but I'm pretty certain retina 27'' is still a long way off.
  15. Mago macrumors 68020

    Aug 16, 2011
    Beyond the Thunderdome
    There is a rumour on an :apple:iMac Pro, 4K Display and black unibody:rolleyes:, plus gpu/cpu updates and no spinner HDD:D, only SSD.:eek:

    TBA at WWDC along the new 4K Thunderbolt display, both 27"
  16. jcr918 macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2012
    I doubt will see any new Imacs until fall. The rep I spoke to said something about the new Intel chips having production issues doubt they would even make a fall release.

    I am putting money on a new pro model costing more then a current maxed out imac and new gpu and speed bump on all models.

    6 months or even longer is a long time to wait I went ahead and ordered my maxed out Imac
  17. Woodcrest64 macrumors 65816


    Aug 14, 2006
    Completely agree with this as seems most likely for 2015.
  18. DerekS macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2007
    No way.

    If crappy Dell has affordable monitors NOW, that means Apple can't be far behind.
  19. ToomeyND macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2011
    Ugh, I know it's a fanboy mentality, but how the mighty have fallen when this sentence is accurate...
  20. crackbookpro macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2009
    Om nom nom nom
    Touché... That's as simple as it gets.

    Wouldn't doubt Apple in '14 debuts a new iMac surrounding newer display tech & will offer a 4K iMac, but will it really utilize what a 4K is meant to do... Nah, prob not.
  21. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2013
    Oregon, USA
    This is not that complicated. iMac case generations run 2.5 years per:

    The second year of the current gen just started, leaving 2015 before the next case is due. Unless apple radically changes screens without changing the case (unprecedented) or makes a new case in 1.5 years (unprecedented), we won't see a retina imac this year.
  22. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    At 4K, even Anand found that the scaling became unuseable. 4K and higher resolutions make sense only if the screen itself gets bigger, hence images are bigger.

    However, same screen real estate and more pixels? Much easier to hit the Retina home front as every aspect of the computer will look much more like, well, printer paper.
  23. iMikeT macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006
    I consider the 2560x1440 resolution that 27" iMacs and Apple Thunderbolt Displays currently ship to be "Retina" under normal viewing distances of at least 2.5ft away. In fact, 2560x1440 is beyond 1920x1080 HD resolution and is in 2K territory. The next logical step would for Apple to take is to bump displays up to 4K.

    Of course, the only problem that 4K as well as 2K has been encountering is the lack of content. We have had the 2560x1440 resolution since 2009 when Apple debuted it in the iMac yet mainstream video content maxes out at 1080p. Applications and websites aren't resolution independent or take full advantage of 2560x1440 either.

    With that said, what's the point of having all this great hardware when nothing takes advantage of it?
  24. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    How do you "retina" a 27"?

    4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) on a 27" means really, really small icons and almost unreadable fonts and menus.

    Would a retina iMac 27" mean 4K, but "showing as 1920 x 1080" and 4 times sharper?
    Then the icons would become a bit big, and screen real-estate could be an issue.

    Something in the middle?
    I.e. 2560 x 1440 "4 x retina'd"? But that would require "real resolution" of 5120 x 2880. I don't think that grfx cards out there support that, and if they do, I wonder what the performance would be.

    Is there another way?
  25. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Basically the elements will be scaled up to HiDPI, just like the retina MacBook Pros. It'll have an effective resolution of 3840x2160, but the UI and elements will be scaled to as if it's 1920x1080.

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