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Code strings discovered in El Capitan Developer Preview earlier this summer have pointed at a substantial refresh coming to Apple’s 21.5-inch iMac, even more so given that computer wasn’t updated alongside its 27-inch sibling in May 2015.

A next-generation 21.5-inch iMac with an ultra-sharp screen featuring a glorious 4K resolution is now expected to launch as soon as next Tuesday, as per multiple reliable sources who spoke with 9to5Mac.

“Apple is currently planning to announce new 21.5-inch iMacs with 4K screens next week,” 9to5Mac wrote two days ago, adding that the new models are “likely ready to begin showing up in stores as soon as Tuesday, October 13.”

The new all-in-one systems will cost a bit more than the present-generation 21.5-inch model that feature a 1,920-by-1,080 pixel resolution screen. A 4K upgrade will bump up the entry-level iMac’s screen resolution to 4,096-by-2,304 pixels.

If history is anything to go by, 4K 21.5-inch iMacs should be offered alongside non-4K models. In order to drive four times the pixels, these new iMacs will likely come outfitted with much faster graphics cards and Intel’s latest processors.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently said the new iMacs will use an enhanced screen technology designed to provide a “much better display quality” due to the use of a LED phosphor material, known as KSF, to boost color saturation.

Coincidentally or not, Apple also appears to be refreshing its mouse, keyboard and trackpad lineup soon around Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy connectivity and built-in rechargeable batteries.

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The new keyboard is said to feature backlit keys. The new accessories might also gain support for Force Touch pressure-sensing technology.

As for the new Apple TV and iPad Pro with Apple Pencil, these gadgets are scheduled to hit retail tories in the first week of November after launching online toward the end of this month, 9to5Mac reported earlier this morning.

Source: 9to5Mac

  • Falco

    I don’t get why apple would make the resolution 4096 by 2304. Every single retina device doubled the vertical and horizontal pixels. For example the 27 inch iMac had a resolution of 2560 by 1440 and made the retina jump to 5120 by 2880. So it would make more sense for apple to go with a 3840 by 2160 display in the 21 inch iMac, which is IMO better than a 4096 by 2304 display.

    • iDude

      there’s a reason why they call it 4k.

    • stylesbeyond

      cause apple actually likes to go true 4k and some, not some half ass UHD so called 4k

      • Falco

        That’s a point but most of 4k material is 3840 by 2160 so why bump these extra pixels in the display to go 4096 by 2304? Imagine watching a 4k Movie. Instead of using the native resolution the video has to be upscaled to fit the 4096 x 2304 resolution. On the other hand i don’t think apple will call it “4k iMac”, they will likely call it “retina iMac”

      • Would 4K be actually discernible on a 21inch screen? I doubt it.

      • pawfyd

        Do you know how Retina displays work? Everything would be exactly the same size as it is on non Retina 21 inch iMac, just clearer.

  • DevXav

    How about the new MacBooks?
    Nothing about them yet?

  • Sailor_V90

    I wonder, does this mean iTunes movies/shows will up their quality to 4K?