Apple has officially discontinued its display monitor Thunderbolt Display- the only external monitor produced by the company. Many users and experts have been anticipating such move for some time now. This was because Thunderbolt Display never got any update since 2011 and its latest stocks were running empty.
In an official statement, Apple spokesperson said,
We’re discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display. 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.
There have been rumors for quite some time that Apple was planning to launch a new monitor with 4K or 5K resolution. However, now the company referring users to third-party options has led many people wondering if Apple indeed has any such plans.
Thunderbolt Display- An overpriced gadget still loved by many
Thunderbolt Display has been a popular device among many Apple fans. It allows users to access their MacBooks or other Macs on a large screen display.
However, over the period of time, due to lack of updates, it lost its essence. This was mainly because it offers a low resolution (2560×1440) as compared to the latest Mac devices (current mac boasts of a 5K display).
Moreover, it came at an exorbitant price of $999. In comparison, 5K iMac can come at about $800 and that is not just an external monitor but a whole computer.
New display device?
Earlier this month, some reports suggested that Apple was preparing to launch a new display device likely with a 5K resolution display 5120×2880 pixels. But what got really everyone intrigued was a surprising and rarely heard possibility that Apple might integrate a dedicated external GPU into the display itself.
This, according to reports, was to introduce compatibility with future Mac devices. Apple plans to make future Mac devices as thin and light possible. These devices could connect with a powerful display with built-in GPU without having any graphics power of their own.
However, Apple has not announced anything of that sort so far. And going by its official statement, it seems unlikely to expect such device from the company in near future.