We've heard a lot about the new iPhones and the upcoming iWatch over the last couple of weeks, but today it's time for the iMac to shine. Specifically, blogger Jack March reported this morning that Apple plans to release a 27-inch Retina iMac with a resolution of 5120 x 2880, and it's possible that we'll see it as early as a media event next month.
The report appears to have some weight; other sources such as 9to5Mac and Re/code have heard similar things from their little birds in the Apple tree.
"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," said March in his report. "The source says the new 27" iMac will use a 5120 x 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."
The design of the unit is said to remain the same, although the new models will likely feature AMD graphics, marking a shift away from the Nvidia graphics cards found in current iMac models. The rig will also be powered by Intel's Haswell processors once again; the new Broadwell processors probably won't be ready until the next refresh or beyond.
And that, indeed, is one of the reason why the 21.5 inch display reportedly won't feature a Retina screen. According to the report, Apple likely wants to wait until the new processors become available.
We'll probably see the new iMac at Apple's anticipated media event next month, when the company will probably reveal the units alongside alongside new iPads with Touch ID.