Apple launched its Apple Thunderbolt Display back in July 2011, although it continued to sell the 27in Cinema Display, which was last updated in July 2010. It seems likely that the company will soon update its monitors. A new version of Apple's monitors is expected to be unveiled when Apple starts selling the new Mac Pro in December.
When will Apple announce a new monitor?
It's been a couple of years since Apple launched the Thunderbolt Display so we expect that the company will have a new display to show us soon, especially as it is likely that Apple will want to show off its new Mac Pro in its best light.
However, Apple remains mum over whether the new monitor will offer 4K - suggesting that the Sharp 4K monitor that was being demonstrated alongside the new Mac Pro at the 22 October press event would be available from Apple when the Mac Pro launches.
It has been suggested that Apple may be targeting its range of displays at the laptop market, encouraging owners of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro to purchase a second screen, indeed, new features in Mavericks are targetted at the use of a second screen. If this is the case perhaps Apple has no intention to provide a screen for the professional Mac users.
What features and specs will we see in Apple's new monitor?
We expect to see the following specs from Apple's new display
- 4K resolution of 4069 x 2160 (or 3840 x 2160) pixels
- To qualify as a Retina display, a monitor would need to offer at least 107ppi (pixels per inch) and the new monitor is unlikely to offer that
- iMac like design with thinner edges
- Thunderbolt 2
- USB 3
Will Apple launch a 30in display?
Apple used to sell a 30in display until replacing it with the 27in Cinema Display back in July 2010. Given Apple's desire to increase pixel density to qualify as a 'Retina display' it would seem unlikely that it will increase the size of the monitor quite yet.
How much will Apple's new monitor cost?
Apple's Thunderbolt display costs £899 currently and the Cinema Display costs £899. We expect that the Cinema Display will be phased out and that the Thunderbolt display could see a price increase, although the market for Apple's display is equally consumers with laptops as it is professionals with pro Macs.