A new source is claiming Apple will release an 8K resolution iMac later this year. A post on Reddit leads to the LG Display blog that gives new insight into a possible 8K monitor. Apple has made no such claims that they are working on an 8K display, and there’s good reason to assume we won’t hear anything regarding the format until 2016 at the earliest. Perhaps LG has some inside information that got out a lot earlier than anticipated.
It has become clear that Japan is planning to launch an 8K SHV test broadcast and then promptly restructure the UHD service. Apple has also announced that they will release the ‘iMac 8K’ with a super-high resolution display later this year. Korea is also preparing to offer an 8K service demonstration at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. LG Display displayed a new beacon of the 8K era by revealing their 98-inch 8K Color Prime Ultra HDTV at CES 2015.
While it seems inevitable that 8K will be the next frontier in resolution, Apple’s highest supported resolution currently stands at 5K with the release of the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K. That device has a resolution of 5,120 x 2,880, while the bump to 8K would allow for 7,680 x 4,320 resolution. With the slumping sales of 4K monitors it would make sense that LG would be excited to announce the next big thing. It just doesn’t seem that Apple is on board with that movement just yet.