Apple fans had almost given up on an upgrade to the company's 21.5-inch iMac, but a latest report should give some hope to them.
According to the report in 9to5Mac, the latest OS X El Captain beta for developers has hidden references to some new Apple products and one of them is the all-new 21.5-inch iMac with a 4K screen.
"Likely destined for a refreshed version of the 21.5-inch iMac, which currently does not have a Retina display, the new El Capitan beta references Mac support for a new 4096 x 2304 resolution Apple-made display panel," writes Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac.
In addition to confirming an upgrade to the untouched iMac product, the hidden data also reveals interesting specs.
According to the report, a new Intel graphics chipset, known as Iris Pro 6200, has been mentioned. This is also a major upgrade, considering the newly released Iris Pro 6200 has not been used in any of the current Macs.
Other references in the El Captain codes include four new AMD Radeon R9 processors (M380, M390, M395 and M395X), which bring up two possibilities. First, multiple processors could mean variants of the upcoming iMac. Alternatively, they could simply translate the upgrade options for demanding customers.
The latest addition to the iMac line will certainly be received well by Apple fans. The upgrade to the dated 21.5-inch iMac itself is a major step and 4K resolution adds more value. The new PC will also serve as a cheaper alternative to Apple's pricey 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display.