At five years old, Apple’s Thunderbolt Display is long overdue for an upgrade, and with WWDC in early June, Apple might finally introduce a newer version. Wait, haven’t we heard this before?
This theory doesn’t come from any inside sources or production lines. Instead, it’s good old speculation, with reports concluding that low supply means an upgrade is imminent. You can easily buy the Thunderbolt Display from Apple’s online store complete with overnight shipping. But check a nearby Apple store, and stock is allegedly much more limited.
Typically, before a major refresh, stock becomes pretty limited in Apple’s retail locations. This could all be coincidence, but with WWDC around the corner, many people are hopeful Apple will finally show the Thunderbolt Display some love. Apple has already gone 4K and 5K with the iMac, so why not offer those same configurations without the computer inside?
Despite the fact that the ThunderBolt Display is five years old, Apple has other reasons for an upgrade. For one, Apple has changed its MacBook charging connector from MagSafe to MagSafe 2, meaning users need an adapter to use the display with modern notebooks. Second, as 9to5Mac points out, when the Mac Pro launched, Apple couldn’t even demonstrate that device’s 4K output on its own displays, instead opting for third-party monitors in its retail stores.
With stock reportedly limited in Apple retail stores across the country, it looks like an update is finally imminent. We’ll find out when WWDC kicks off on June 13.