Retina display iMac coming in October?

Apple's Retina display first landed on the iPhone 4, followed by the 3rd-gen iPad and the new MacBook Pro. Next up, however, could be Apple's iMac, according to a new report.

DigiTimes, citing "upstream supply chain sources," reported that a revamped version of Apple's popular all-in-one desktop will enter production this month in preparation for an official launch "possibly around October." The Taiwanese newspaper, which has a spotty record with tech rumours, said Apple is looking to expand its Retina display across all product lines, meaning the new iMac "will have a high chance" of getting one.

The new rumour, however, conflicts with a report from The New York Times last month that cited an Apple executive who said that redesigned Mac desktop models are on tap, but likely won't arrive until next year. Apple didn't mention anything about the iMac or Mac Pro at its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote in June - opting to instead quietly roll out a small Mac Pro update without any fanfare - causing some to speculate that the company's desktops were headed for the grave. Tim Cook, however, later reportedly penned an email in which he assured a worried customer that there was still some life in the Mac Pro.

DigiTimes, meanwhile, said Apple is aiming to put a Retina display in all its products to beat out competitors on screen resolution. Retina displays are a very expensive component, so most other PC vendors probably won't launch a product with the higher-resolution panel anytime soon, the newspaper pointed out.

While Apple could very likely give its iMac a Retina display, the latest rumour should be taken with a grain of salt. Time columnist Harry McCracken recently fact-checked 25 of Digitimes' tech stories. "By my count, 16 of these 25 stories turned out to be mostly or completely off-base. Five are largely or entirely correct. And four involve predictions that might yet come true," McCracken said.