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.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.
I know what retina is. Thank you.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.
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.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.
Touché... That's as simple as it gets.The screen might be 4K, but they won't run 4K natively. They will be retina'd
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.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.
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.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?