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Apple discontinues Thunderbolt Display as we await 5K upgrade

by Todd Haselton | June 24, 2016June 24, 2016 6:30 am PDT

There were a few things we thought Apple might bring up during its WWDC keynote last week that were ultimately omitted. One of those was a replacement for the firm’s Thunderbolt Display, which is more than long in the tooth at this point. Apple recently announced that it’s discounting the current model, fueling new speculation that a higher-resolution 5K Thunderbolt display will launch soon.

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

In fact, third party manufacturers have been making superior products for quite a while now, which makes it all the more weird that Apple hasn’t released its own upgrade. Rumor has it Apple has been working on either a 4K or 5K product to replace the Thunderbolt Display. The panels exist and are already used on iMacs, but one barrier mentioned by TechCrunch is whether or not Apple would build a GPU into the new display so that it would operate properly on computers without graphics cards strong enough to power such a high resolution screen.

No word if or when a replacement will launch yet.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...