by Joe White
June 5, 2014
Apple has brought Retina displays to its iOS devices and even to its MacBook Pro, however according to the developer preview of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Cupertino's iMac desktop computer could be the next Apple device to receive an ultra-high resolution display. According to MacBidouille (via MacRumors), a Retina display-equipped iMac is indeed referenced in Yosemite beta 1. Specifically, "a new file defining display scaling resolution options for a machine identified as an iMac" have been discovered, MacRumors explains. The publication continues:
The file includes a series of scaling resolution options for this machine, maxing out at 6400 x 3600 pixels, or 3200 x 1800 as a Retina display. The display itself would carry a somewhat lower native resolution, perhaps 5120 x 2880 to simply pixel double the current 27-inch iMac, but as with the Retina MacBook Pro higher resolutions are specified and generated by the machine before being scaled back down.The news comes after OS X 10.9.3, which Cupertino released last month, added "true" Retina display support for external 4K monitors. Last year, Apple's iPad mini became the last iOS device to receive a built-in Retina display, too. This leaves the MacBook Air and, of course, the iMac as two of Cupertino's products to still retail in non-Retina iterations. Building a Retina display into its large desktop iMac computer would naturally prove challenging for Apple, however the aforementioned Yosemite reference could indicate that the company is preparing to launch such a device. Could we see a Retina display-equipped iMac launch alongside the iPhone 6 later this year? We'll keep you updated with further information as we receive it. In the meantime, see: Zen Studios Adapts Telltale’s Walking Dead: The Game As Choice-Driven Pinball Table, Pebble Firmware Update Brings Menu Reordering And Music Volume Control, and Apple Asks Developers To Participate In Its Upcoming Family Sharing Program.