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Apple Discontinues The Thunderbolt Display

2016.06.25 17:38 PT

[ Apple ] The 27-inch Thunderbolt Display sports a pixel format of 2560×1440 for US$999. That’s expensive. If you’re a color professional looking for a 27-inch IPS monitor there are better (color bit depth, color gamut, color accuracy, etc.) more affordable options, like the $800 Dell UP2716D UltraSharp 27-inch monitor.

[ iMore ] Rene Ritchie:

Apple is discontinuing the Thunderbolt Display, the standard resolution, external IPS monitor the company has been selling since 2011. An Apple spokesperson provided us with the following statement:

“We’re discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display,” Apple told iMore. “It will be available through Apple.com, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users.”

The 5K iMac makes it clear Apple is moving away from 2560×1440 and toward 5120×2880 at 27 inches. Will Apple come out with a standalone 27-inch 5K monitor? My bet is on yes. The reason is the Mac Pro, and to a lesser extent the MacBook Pro. The Mac Pro doesn’t come with a monitor, and a good monitor makes a big difference in our computing experience, especially when it comes to processing videos and photographs.

I believe Apple is serious about user experience so I think Apple will come out with an excellent 27-inch 5K 5120×2880 monitor to pair with a Mac Pro or a MacBook Pro. The macOS user experience depends on it.