Evidence of Retina iMac found in OS X Yosemite beta

By , Jun 4, 2014

iMac 8G (two up, left angled, right angled)

Folks wanting an iMac with Retina display will be happy to hear that some evidence has surfaced in favor of the mythical machine. The recently-released OS X Yosemite developer preview includes a new file that defines display scaling resolution options for an iMac.

The native resolution of the computer is not mentioned, but the file includes a series of scaling resolution options that max out at 6400 x 3600 pixels, or 3200 x 1800 as a Retina display. It’s likely the display will scale down to a lower resolution like the MacBook Pro…

The report comes from French site Macbidouille (via MacRumors):

The first of these resolutions indicates hexa “00001900 00000e10″ is therefore a resolution scaling of … 6400 x 3600 (probably 3200×1800 HiDPI). 
Continues and is 5760×3240 (2880×1620 HiDPI) 4096×2304 (2048×1152 HiDPI), etc.. 
(There are other resolutions, just make the conversion from hex) 

With this alone, it is not possible to guess the native resolution of the machine. This is a resolution that does not appear in the file, since it is native and does not have to be “scaled”. 
Knowing that there is a gap between the values ​​of 5760 and 4096, one can imagine something between these two (probably 5120×2880, 2560×1440 or in HiDPI), but this is speculation. 

A Retina iMac has been rumored to be in the works ever since Apple introduced its MacBook Pro with Retina display in 2012. But it’s likely it ran into issues of component capabilities, pricing, or both that that kept it from mass-producing the higher resolution panels.

The last time Apple updated the iMac was in the fall of last year, which included processor speed and storage bumps. The computer was completely redesigned in late 2012.

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  • Mike Colacone Saal

    Sebastian would be in love

  • hkgsulphate

    hey where is iMac touch???

    • Matt

      And why exactly would that be necessary? I dont think Yosemite w/ touch would be a good experience unlike Windows 8 which is perfects for touch displays.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Exactly. Also why would you need it? With continuity and handoff in iOS 8 you can literally compose an email on your Mac and finish it off on your iOS devices (and the other way round too). You can also do the same with iWork documents and any other apps where developers impliment these features.

        TLDR; A touchscreen Mac just isn’t needed. Even more so now than ever before…

  • Richard A Forero D

    I’m a 3D guy, that need modeling / animating and rendering , also I have a MBP with retina display and the software like maya doesn’t work quiet well with retinas displays, does anyone know to fix that ? Because I’m planning to buy an imac and if the next one it’s going to be retina I probably buy one now, or what you think guys? Need some help !!

    • Ara Rezaee

      3D rendering on MBPr? That’s… well new! anyways the updated version (2015) should work just fine

      • Richard A Forero D

        I think is not about the new version of a MacBook Pro, it’s about retina display not supported for those software , and get some issues

      • Ara Rezaee

        I meant Maya 2015! There are no 2015 MacBook Pros yet

      • Richard A Forero D

        Do you know where I can find that info ? And also should I wait for the new imac or buy one now ? Will the imac work as a workstation ? Heavy tasks?

      • Ara Rezaee

        I have the latest fully upgraded iMac and it totally rules. My advice is that you are be better off waiting for the new iMac or apparently Retina iMac! as for the workstation thing: Since you do 3D work on a MacBook Pro it is pretty clear to me that an iMac is the best device for you so don’t ever worry about that.

    • Martynet

      just get mac pro and eizo display :)

      • Richard A Forero D

        My budget isn’t that big ! :( otherwise I will get a Mac pro

      • Tarun Dhiman

        What issues do you have on 3D programs? My runs fine on my MBP-R on both OSX and Bootcamp Windows 8.1

      • Richard A Forero D

        They aren’t a big issues , do you know if I should wait for the new imac or buy one one ? It’s going to big a big jump hardware ?

      • Tarun Dhiman

        Well to be honest if you’re buying a computer for the reason of 3D rendering, then I wouldn’t even buy an iMac of any sort. Those computers aren’t meant to render in 3D, it can eventually melt the motherboard due to the excess heat because the lack of an efficient cooling system. If you’re insisting on Mac then you’d have to go with the Mac Pro, else you probably should get a PC. Nvidia Quadro graphic cards work very well with rendering 3D programs such as Maya, 3DS Max, Zbrush, and all sorts of render engines.

      • Richard A Forero D

        Thank you a lot ! I was waiting an answer like that ! Just I didn’t want to have many stuffs on my desk and all of that (cables) , do you know which PC for that should I get ? Or the lowest Mac Pro will be enough ?

      • Richard A Forero D

        That’s so cool Img , great work, I’m not good at putting parts together , :( and already have a laptop :)

  • Matt

    Oh my sweet Jesus YAAAAAS please!

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Very nice! How many ppi would that be? 400?

    • hkgsulphate

      probably similar to a retina macbook

  • Martin

    If they release a retina iMac, I swear I’ll sell my rmbp and get that instead.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Why not just by a Retina Thunerbolt display (assuming they’ll be released with the Retina iMac)…

      • Martin

        Because I always find myself using my rmbp at my desk. I don’t go to school anymore so I really have no need to carry around a laptop. I have an iPad Air so that should suffice for my portable needs. Plus, Ive wanted the new iMac since they were released but didn’t get it because it was non retina.

  • MacGuru17

    Does anyone know where the wallpaper from the iMac on the left can be found?

    • Marcus Winchester

      /Library/Screen Savers/Default Collections/ This is the folder location in the finder where those wallpapers can be found

  • TheShade247

    Would cost more than $2500 i bet