Apple to release super-high resolution 'iMac 8K' later this year, display partner LG says

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In a rather unusual reveal, a supposed "iMac 8K" has been outed in a press release that was published by Apple display supplier LG, suggesting the all-in-one desktop will get an even higher resolution screen this year.

The announcement was actually made by LG a week ago, but AppleInsider was tipped to the press release on Monday. In declaring the "next-generation of high-resolution 8K," LG detailed its pixel-packing display technology and talked about its partnerships, including its alignment with Apple.

"Apple has also announced that they will release the 'iMac 8K' with a super-high resolution display later this year," the press release states. Apple, however, has not publicly announced plans for a new iMac update.

Apple's 27-inch iMac was given a super-resolution 5K display in an upgrade that arrived last fall. It features 14.7-million pixels packed into the same svelte design as the non-Retina iMac.

That Apple would upgrade the iMac so quickly to an even higher resolution screen seems unusual. It's also odd for a partner the caliber of LG to publicly reveal future Apple product plans before the company itself decides to make an announcement.

LG's 8K display technology is dubbed "Quad Ultra-High Definition," with a resolution of 7,680 by 4,320 pixels. That's two times the resolution of a 4K screen, with four times the number of pixels.