Although it’s light on brand-new consumer-facing features, the most recent release of the OS X El Capitan beta for designers hides references to a pair of future Apple hardware items: a new 4K version of the 21.5-inch iMac and a brand-new Bluetooth Push-button control…

… Most likely predestined for a freshened version of the 21.5-inch iMac, which presently does not have a Retina display screen, the new El Capitan beta references Mac support for a new 4096 x 2304 resolution Apple-made screen panel. While the larger, more pricey 27-inch iMac is offered with a 5K display, it could make good sense for the smaller screen to be updated to a 4K resolution.



In addition to the 4K panel reference, which is not present in any variation of Yosemite, the innards of the software upgrade consist of references to a brand-new Intel graphics chipset known as the Iris Pro 6200. This new, Broadwell-integrated graphics processor introduced earlier this month and would be a natural fit for powering a 4K iMac.


References to four new AMD Radeon R9 processors (M380, M390, M395 and M395X) are also discovered in the beta, which could indicate additional Mac designs or 4K iMac upgrade options. Reporter Pierre Dandumont helped us with finding the 4K iMac and graphics files.

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Macs aside, a new file inside of El Capitan appears to validate that Apple has actually been dealing with a brand-new Bluetooth Remote Control. According to our scan of the file’s contents, this brand-new piece of hardware incorporates a dedicated Bluetooth wireless chip, can get in touch with gadgets via an infrared sensing unit, and includes a Multi-Touch trackpad with inertial scrolling support.

There is also a reference to what could be Force Touch support, but we are less particular about that. The gadget also appears to support audio, which could indicate either playback or input for Siri. This file does not exist in earlier, public versions of OS X, nor the OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite release that is likewise in beta.

A Bluetooth Remote control that likewise supports infrared and Multi-Touch would be a brand new product for Apple, and its look within this fall’s OS X release leads us to believe that it could be associated with the upcoming Apple TV revamp. Nevertheless, our analysis of the files does not turn up any direct Apple TV references. We initially reported earlier this year that a brand-new Apple TV set-top-box would consist of an upgraded hardware remote with extra capability and new hardware buttons, and it appears possible that the remote referenced in El Capitan is this controller.


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