Apple officially terminates current-gen Thunderbolt Display, highlights third-party displays for time being
Date: Friday, June 24th, 2016, 08:26
Category: Hardware, News, Thunderbolt, USB-C
Well, Apple’s current-gem Thunderbolt Display if officially off the menu.
In a statement, an Apple spokesperson explained that the Thunderbolt Display will be available from Apple’s Online Store and in retail locations while supplies last, but once stock has run out, it will not be replenished. Apple also noted that a variety of third-party options are available for Mac users:
“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,” said an Apple spokesperson.
The display, albeit pretty nifty, has been criticized as being being considerably overpriced and outdated, not having been updated since 2011. The display offers a 2560×1440 resolution, while the 5K iMac that includes an actual computer inside comes in at $800 more.
It had been noted that inventory of the Thunderbolt Display had become limited, something which sometimes hints at an impending refresh. It had also been rumored that Apple is building a new Thunderbolt Display with a 5K resolution and built-in GPU that’s expected to connect via a USB-C port over Thunderbolt 3.
Apple is also thought to be abandoning the “Thunderbolt Display” name and could opt for a “5K Display” tag to market the display under.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.