Rumors about a possible Retina display iMac have been floating around almost as long as the Retina display itself. From the time the iPhone 4 was introduced, people began speculating that Apple’s Mac line would eventually receive a display upgrade as well. Now that this rumor has come to fruition in the case of the new MacBook Pro, it would only make sense for these new displays to trickle down to all of Apple’s other computers.
Word is now spreading that this might not be the case, though. We may have to wait a little while longer for an iMac with a Retina display.
Instapaper developer Marco Arment today posted his thoughts on what would likely be be holding up the update cycle of the iMac and Mac Pro. Obviously, the issue of creating an insanely high resolution display topped the list. Creating a display with a resolution of 5120×2880 is no easy feat to accomplish, and requires higher production costs than today’s displays.
Shortly after publishing his thoughts, Arment received word that we will not see a Retina display on the new iMac, saying: “I’ve now heard from multiple sources that while an iMac update is indeed coming this fall, it will not have Retina displays.”
While disappointing, this is no real issue, as an update to the iMac could still bring substantial improvements, including Ivy Bridge CPUs, USB 3.0, and improved graphics cards. Not to mention improved SSD options, which are currently only BTO.
Like with all rumors, only time will tell.