Report: Apple's 21.5-inch 4K iMac launches next week, iPad Pro follows 3 weeks later

Apple's 4K iMac desktop didn't make it into last month's press event; expect to see it available next week from Apple with the iPad Pro during the first week of November.

Apple's iMac with Retina 5K display has a resolution of 5,120 by 2,880-pixels. Image: Apple

Last month, Apple held a jam-packed press event where it launched the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, watchOS 2 and Apple TV update. Perhaps it was too jam-packed because the 21.5-inch 4K iMac that has been hinted at for months didn't make an appearance.

That's set to change as early as next week, according to 9to5 Mac. The site's sources say the smaller iMac is ready for its upgrade with a 4096 x 2304 display and Mac OS X El Capitan pre-loaded. Indeed, it was code in El Capitan that provided the first clues of such a desktop.

Don't expect a big launch event though.

Instead, I wouldn't be surprised to see Apple quietly update its online store and product page next week, along with sending out a press release on the new 4K iMac. Pricing is still an unknown, of course, so figure at least a $200 to $300 premium over the standard, current iMac desktops.

While Apple already announced the iPad Pro -- I'm still on the fence if I could use one full-time -- the company said to expect it sometime in November.

9to5 Mac says iPad Pro availability will follow the new 4K iMac by a few weeks, launching in early November. That's good: It gives me more time to consider my purchase options now that there's a new Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book in the mix so I can stop carrying a laptop and a tablet around.

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