Apple planning desktop with 4K screen plus smaller MacBook with Retina

24 Jul 2014

Apple – which is gearing up to launch iOS 8 in September and its new Mac OS X Yosemite operating system at the end of October – is working on a new 4K Mac desktop and smaller MacBook with a higher resolution display.

Today, Mac users who have signed up for the OS X Beta Program will get the beta version of the new Mac OS X Yosemite operating system.

Developers were able to get access to the new OS when it was unveiled in June at WWDC, Apple’s developers conference, and they currently receive updates every two weeks. However, beta users will receive just a handful updates until OS X Yosemite’s final launch in the autumn.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple plans to release Yosemite for free on the Mac App Store towards the end of October.

It also reported Apple is working on both a smaller MacBook with a high-resolution display and a new desktop – either an iMac or standalone monitor – with 4K resolution.

The new MacBook will have a Retina display and a screen that measures 12 inches diagonally. It is not clear whether the model will be built as a MacBook Air or a MacBook Pro.

It makes sense that new Mac products will debut close to the launch of OS X Yosemite.

Apple is also understood to be preparing updates to both iMovie and Final Cut Pro that will be optimised to handle content rendered in 4K.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years