Retina iMacs are indeed coming, says code in OS X Yosemite

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The Rumor: Retina iMacs really are on the way soon, according to some info in Apple's new Xcode 6 program.The Verdict: Looks promising. WWDC came and went without a single hardware announcement, meaning Apple has gone over 8 months without a significant new product. Based on code found in the Yosemite beta, it looks like we won't have to wait much longer for sharper iMacs to land on our desks, thanks to a file that lists scaled-up resolutions for such a display. The structure of the list is identical to resolution listings for the Retina MacBook Pro, making this rumor feel more like a sure-thing now.

The Rumor: Retina iMacs really are on the way soon, according to some info in Apple's new Xcode 6 program.

The Verdict: Looks promising. WWDC came and went without a single hardware announcement, meaning Apple has gone over 8 months without a significant new product. Based on code found in the Yosemite beta, it looks like we won't have to wait much longer for sharper iMacs to land on our desks, thanks to a file that lists scaled-up resolutions for such a display. The structure of the list is identical to resolution listings for the Retina MacBook Pro, making this rumor feel more like a sure-thing now.


If you’ve been holding out for a Retina iMac, the wait may be almost over.

First spotted in the latest Mountain Lion developer beta, code has now been uncovered in OS X Yosemite that references new resolutions for what would be a Retina display-equipped iMac.

Macbidouille has found a file in Yosemite that lists scaled-up resolutions for such a display. The structure of the list is identical to resolution listings for the Retina MacBook Pro, which lends credibility to the discovery.

The resolutions would not be the default resolution for a Retina iMac when it ships, but the additional options available in System Preferences.

The largest resolution is 6400 x 3600, which would translate to 3200 x 1800 in Apple’s “HiDPI” Retina mode. Other resolutions listed include 5760 × 3240 (2880 × 1620 HiDPI), and 4096 × 2304 (2048×1152 HiDPI). The current 27-inch iMac has a default resolution of 2560 x 1440.

Rumors of a Retina iMac have been out there for years, but this could finally be the year that Apple is able to mass manufacturer the high-quality displays it needs.

A lower-priced iMac has also been reported to be in the works for areas like Asia. No new hardware was announced at WWDC earlier this week, so we might not see any new Macs until the fall.

Source: Macbidouille

  • Grunt_at_the_Point

    Thank you, thank you. If retina appears on an iMac it most certainly will appear on a new Thunderbolt display.

    • dpacemaker

      The only reason I haven’t bought a Thunderbolt Display yet. Hopefully a HDMI slot will be included too, with the ability to have inputs(I don’t know if they have that now or not, the inputs).

  • mahadragon

    “Rumors of a Retina iMac have been out there for years, but this could finally be the year that Apple is able to mass manufacturer the high-quality displays it needs.” – I believe the word you were looking for was “manufacture” as a verb would make much more sense than the noun you put in there Mr Heath. Seriously, I’ve been pushing Cult of Mac farther and farther down my reading list. You guys need to hire an editor, or at least people who can write. Every single article I read from you guys has errors, sometimes just an occasional error like the article above, which only has 7 paragraphs. Sometimes the article is laden full of errors. If you’re going to write for a popular website could you guys try to make it respectful? Maybe you could use MS Word and catch some of these errors before publishing? Just a thought?