Official: Apple stops selling the Thunderbolt Display

In September 2011, Apple began selling the Thunderbolt Display monitor. It’s been almost 5 years and the monitor without any changes remained in the range of the company. Apple might add USB 3.0 support, Thunderbolt 2 and change the design in the style of the 27-inch iMac. Instead, the company officially announced the termination of sales of branded monitors.

It is unclear why Apple made this decision. Prior to the world conference for developers, held in San Francisco from 13 to 17 June, there were rumors about the preparation for the release of the new generation of Thunderbolt Display. It was assumed that the screen 27-inch iMac will be the basis for the model 5K Thunderbolt Display.

The monitor was supposed to get a resolution of 5120×2880 pixels, USB ports-C for connection of peripherals with Thunderbolt 3 and ultrathin design in the style of monoblock Apple. The problem with the processing and transmission of 5K images on one single cable was planned to solve with built-in monitor its own graphic accelerator. The debut of new items expected at WWDC, but never took place.

According to company representatives, the Thunderbolt Display will continue to be sold in Apple retail stores, online store and authorized retailers until, until the end of the stock.

The market for external monitors, not the main one for Apple. Probably the company has decided to abandon the line of the Thunderbolt Display. If upgrade do you plan to ensure stable operation and performance, the release of 5K monitors Apple is not expected before 2017.

Clifton Nichols

Clifton Nichols

Hi! I’m Clifton and I am a full-stack engineer with a passion for building performant and scalable applications that are beautiful and easy to use.

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