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21.5-inch iMac with 4K display set for October launch

Apple will reportedly refresh its 21.5-inch iMac computer later this year, fitting the all-in-one desktop with a new 4K display.

According to 9to5Mac sources, Cupertino will announce the new version in October to accompany the release of Mac OS X El Capitan.

The 4K screen, which will offer a resolution of 4096 x 2304, will go on sale in November, according to the report.

Apple currently offers a 27-inch iMac for sale with a whopping 5K Retina display, but those seeking a smaller display must make do with a 1080p resolution.

Thursday’s report suggests Apple may decide to keep the existing full HD model around as a mode affordable option. This was a tactic it employed when introducing the larger 27-inch 5K model last year.

The current 21.5-inch iMac starts at £899, so we would expect the price point for a newcomer to start at over £1,000.

Plans to launch a 4K iMac were first rumoured back in June, when the resolution appeared within Mac OS X El Capitan beta code.

Display manufacturer LG also hinted Apple planned to launch an 8K iMac back in April, but there’s been no further mention of such a device since.

What with brand new iPhones, Apple TV, and the iPad Pro set for release at Apple’s big event on September 9, it looks like it’ll be a busy end to 2015 for Apple in terms of product refreshes.

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