According to LG, Apple is working to update its iMac. The update we are talking about is taking iMac’s resolution to new heights, called “iMac 8K.” The press release from LG was published a couple of days ago, claiming that “Apple has also announced that they will release the ‘iMac 8K’ with a super-high resolution display later this year.” An interesting announcement, because Apple didn’t made a declaration about its future intentions.
If LG’s statements are true, this means that Apple will make another release this year. However, the iPhone creator loves to make their own announcements, after their own schedule. If the rumors are true and Apple will release an 8K iMac, LG Display will have a strong competitor on the market. Apple’s iMac is an all-in-one computer. It features a 21.5-inch display with a 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution and a 27-inch version with 2,560×1,440 resolution. To be mentioned that they also have an iMac with Retina 5K display that comes with a 27-inch screen that has a 5,120×2,880-pixel resolution. The 5K model was announced last year.
It is odd for a huge company like LG to reveal in public Apple’s product plans before they had the chance to make their own announcement. Well, LG’s 8K display technology is named “Quad Ultra-High Definition” featuring a resolution of 7,680×4,320 pixels. This results two times the resolution of a 4K screen and four times the number of pixels. It’s an incredible evolution, compared with Apple’s newest iMac with Retina 5K display which is powered by a resolution of 512×2880.
Probably the rumors are real even if Apple has not made an official announcement yet about the new 8K iMac. We must not forget that LG is Apple’s main display suppliers, meaning that they might have accidentally made the announcement. As for consumers, having a high resolution display is just a part of the equation. To get a full effect of 5K and 5K, they also need to have a content to support it. It will probably take a while for movie studios and other content creators to encode much video in 8K anytime soon.