Apple’s new 27-inch Retina 5k iMacs are the most beautiful desktop machine over eyes have ever beheld, and now it appears that Apple is preparing to make a smaller (and probably more affordable) version that could launch this fall.
“Likely destined for a refreshed version of the 21.5-inch iMac, which currently does not have a Retina display, the new El Capitan beta references Mac support for a new 4096 x 2304 resolution Apple-made display panel,” writes 9to5Mac.
Along with the reference to the 4K 21.5-inch iMac, the new beta for El Capitan also contains references a new Bluetooth Remote Control that could be destined for an updated Apple TV. According to the site’s scan, the new hardware integrated a dedicated Bluetooth wireless chip, connect to devices via infrared sensor, and a Multi-Touch trackpad.
The new remote may also contain Force Touch support, but 9to5Mac says they’re less certain about that. The updated Apple TV was rumored to be getting a new remote. The device was supposed to be announced at WWDC, but Apple reportedly held the device back after deciding in May that the hardware wasn’t quite ready.
El Capitan is scheduled for a Fall 2015 release which could also point to the release schedule for the updated Apple TV. If Apple is already including references to the device’s hardware in current betas, it could be just a few more months before we finally see Apple’s latest answer to Amazon FireTV and Roku.