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Retina iMacs in late testing, could launch soon

9to5 Mac’s Mark Gurman reports that retina iMacs are on the way.

A new line of iMacs with ultra high-resolution Retina Displays is in late testing stages within Apple, according to our sources who have used the future desktop computer… The fact that the iMac is in late testing indicates that Apple could be preparing to launch it alongside OS X Yosemite this fall…

(Blogger Jack March says a 27-inch Retina iMac is on the way.)

A source familiar with Apple’s plans tells me that Apple is indeed planning to launch a Retina iMac at their next press event, however the 27″ Model will be the only model that gets this feature. The source says the new 27″ iMac will use a 5120 × 2880 panel as leaked in the OSX Yosemite code a few months ago. This resolution is double the current resolution of the 27″ iMac which is 2560×1440.

I have been hoping that this year would be the year of Retina on the desktop, and it looks like it might squeak in right under the wire. A Retina iMac would be great, though it sounds like external Retina displays and devices that can drive them might not be in the mainstream for a while yet.

I wasn’t ever planning to buy an iMac again, but if a fancy Retina iMac drops from the sky later this year, it’s going to be an awfully tough decision.