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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is arguably the most reliable Apple analyst out there, is out with a new analysis offering some new details regarding Apple’s upcoming refresh of the iMac lineup.

According to his note to clients, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider, Apple will updated iMacs this quarter with faster processors from Intel and enhanced screen technology designed to provide a “much better display quality.”

Although he did not attribute the claim to any specific supply chain source, the analyst thinks Apple’s display-enhancing technology will use phosphor material that should increase color saturation.

“We believe Apple will introduce new iMac models in 3Q15, which are expected to have key selling points such as more powerful processors and much better display quality,” reads Kuo’s note to clients. “We predict the panel will use a LED phosphor material called KSF to notably boost color saturation.”

The analyst is predicting about a million iMac shipments in the September quarter, a twofold increased compared to the year-ago quarter. Mac sales increased nine percent annually in the June quarter, according to Apple. In addition, IDC said Apple was the only computer maker which increased sales in the last quarter.

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Kuo did not say which iMac model will receive a refresh.

My hunch tells me that the whole range will receive a CPU as well as display boost, especially given that 21.5-inchers have not seen a substantial hardware refresh since September 2013.

Last October, the company released a brand new 27-inch iMac with ultra high resolution “Retina 5K” panel featuring a screen resolution of 5,120‑by‑2,880 pixels. The flagship all-in-one received a minor CPU boost in May 2015 with the rest of the lineup receiving a price cut.

An Apple supplier recently hinted that the 27-incher may receive another resolution boost with an 8K screen. In addition, code strings discovered in OS X El Capitan betas indicate that 21.5-inch models will get 4K screens at some point in the future.

Source: AppleInsider

  • iPhoneWINS

    hmmm

  • Sailor_V90

    Is there even anything out that is graphicly compatible for such a high resolution? Heck, most people haven’t even converted to Blu-Ray yet. I wish Apple would get back to innovation and quality not quantity.

    • Gary T

      For editing 4K video you need a screen larger than 4K so you can have your toolbars and and everything else, while still being able to view the entire video. There aren’t many tools right now for editing 4K video so I’m guessing Apple is selling quite a few 5K iMac’s to professionals. Personally as a developer I like the 5K resolution because I can fit so much on the screen at the same time. Just waiting on the next one to be released to make a purchase.

      • Sailor_V90

        Well slap me silly and raise my knee! I stand corrected. Thank you for sharing knowledge. In truth I never looked at it that way.

  • Aman kapoor

    All I need is a skylake powered retina MacBook Pro with thunderbolt 3 ( the one that works both as thunderbolt and usb-C )

    • I just got the new MacBook Pro and the fifth gen intel i5 is pretty good. Specially with the battery life.

      • Aman kapoor

        undoubtedly the MBP is great already its just that a skylake processor and the usb-type c connector would futer-proof it for a long time

      • To be honest, I don’t think I need usb-type c.

      • Aman kapoor

        also apple needs to keep magsafe for charging (hope they dont ditch magsafe for usb c on the macbook pro/air line up )

  • Light_man

    How come nobody has mentioned Intel’s new flagship micro-architecture Skylake? Or new graphics on the new iMac?

    If you ask me both are a MUST if Apple seriously wants people to buy them for the next year.

    • Aman kapoor

      skylake is the best processor architecture in the cycle
      i wish they release skylake retina macbook pro with thunderbolt 3 (USB- type c) before 2016

      broadwell was poorly implemented and wasnt a major refresh plus manufacturing inssues caused a very slow roll out .

      haswell which promised fanless machines is just intel presenting its Atom processor with a new name. there are no processor intensive tasks that can be done on haswell

      also apple needs to keep magsafe for charging (hope they dont ditch magsafe for usb c on the macbook pro/air line up )

    • DevXav

      True that.
      I sold my late-2012 macbook air and now i’m waiting for next generation of macbooks, which i hope will be powered by Intel Skylake, as well as thunderbolt 3, ddr4 and etc…

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