updated 02:59 pm EDT, Wed July 23, 2014
4K tech could come to iMac or new monitor
OS X Yosemite -- which is going into public beta tomorrow -- should eventually ship in late October, sources claim. The present plan is reportedly to keep releasing new developer betas every two to three weeks through September 29th. Work should then shift to a gold master build, due October 10th. Final details, including a launch date, may be announced at Apple's October media event.
The sources also back rumors that Apple is working on a new, 12-inch Retina MacBook that will include an extremely thin and light aluminum body. It's in fact uncertain whether the machine will be classified as a Pro, Air, or something else, but Apple is said to believe that it represents an important step forward in laptops.
Apple is further claimed to be working on some form of 4K-capable Mac desktop hardware. That could take the form of a new iMac, but might also refer to a standalone monitor, presumably a new Thunderbolt Display. The timing of the new Mac hardware is believed to be no coincidence, given Yosemite. "Those [new Yosemite] interface elements appear especially optimized on higher-resolution screens, so it makes sense for us to debut new Retina Macs around the time of Yosemite's release," one source comments. The new Macs should ship in late Q3 or early Q4, but could be pushed into 2015 depending on Intel chip supplies and whether Apple needs internal resources to push more essential products out on time. Both iMovie and Final Cut Pro are expected to get updates for editing and import/export of 4K video.