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Report: An iMac with retina display will launch this fall alongside OS X Yosemite

Apple’s OS X Yosemite, coming this fall, is expected to be a huge overhaul for Apple’s desktop OS, with a new look as well as tight integration with iOS devices. Since the iMac, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina lines all got subtle updates earlier this year, many are wondering what Apple could be planning to launch this fall, because the company usually releases new hardware at the same time as major software updates.

[company]Apple[/company] is planning to launch a line of iMacs with high-resolution Retina displays, according to 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman. It’s not totally unexpected — snippets in OS X Yosemite beta code reveal references to several resolutions, including 6400 x 3600, 5760 x 3240 and 4096 x 3204. Those resolutions would qualify as HiDPI displays and would likely be downscaled for regular use the same way Apple handles resolution on the MacBook Pro with Retina. There’s a chance that only the 27-inch iMac will receive the new display this year.

The report also points to updates to both iMovie and Final Cut Pro, with improved 4K video features to take advantage of the new pixel-dense screens. However, it’s worth noting that the iPhone 6 cannot shoot 4K video.

Other potential new Mac hardware includes a 12-inch MacBook Air, but that seems more likely to launch in 2015. There have also been murmurs about a new Mac Mini, which was briefly mentioned on an Apple support page, but that remains a long shot as well. If there’s a 27-inch iMac with a high-resolution screen, it would make sense for Apple to update its four-year old Cinema Display to the same resolution.

Even after September’s iPhone and Apple Watch extravaganza, Apple is likely to hold another launch event next month. In addition to the Mac announcements, there’s a good chance we’ll see updated iPads with Touch ID and perhaps NFC, as well as the official launch of Apple Pay.

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