30+ inch LED Display?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by MBX, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. MBX macrumors 68000

    Sep 14, 2006
    Is there any reason why Apple hasn't released a 30 or higher inch version of their LED displays?

    The 27 is nice (my GF has it) and i have the old 30' inch and yes there is a difference and i'd love to be able to get a new 30' inch LED if it was available.

    Any idea if it might come out soon or near future?
  2. rtheb macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2008
    I personally doubt we'll see a 30" any time soon.

    The new Thunderbolt technology makes the ability to use two 24" (or even 27") ACDs spanned side by side feasible and perhaps more cost effective.

    Apple's displays aren't a major market for them and the market for 30" ACD is even more limited.
  3. iLucas macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2011
    This. The market for people that would buy a 30" LED Cinema Display is very limited. Most wouldnt want to justify spending the $1500+ they would probably be.
  4. Transporteur macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2008
    Why would the market be limited? People have bought (and still buy) 30" screens before. Keep in mind that the 30" Apple sold before had a whopping price tag of $1800, yet people bought them. They even did when Apple charged over $3000 for them.

    I bought mine for 1800€ and would do it again in a heartbeat if they provided a 30" LED with a higher resolution.
    There certainly is no point in releasing a 30" LED with a resolution of 2560x1600 again. The difference to the 27" would just be too small. But a resolution increase (3000x2000) would easily justify the higher price tag that might come close to $2000 again.

    However, I reckon it will take another two years till we see consumer screens with a resolution higher than 2560x1600. If Apple will be the first one to release a high-res display again, who knows...
  5. CHSeifert macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2010
    Copenhagen, Denmark - Scandinavia
    Cost is the reason.

    The 27" Apple LED ACD is already on the expensive side compared to its direct competitors.

    This screen IS NOT a pro screen - so do not compare it to the top models from Eizo and NEC.

    You should compare ti to the Hp and Dell screens, which use the same panel as in the Apple Cinema Display and they cost 75% of the what Apple charges.

    A 30" screen would simply make it too expensive compared to the 27".
    A 30" 2560X1600 IPS panel cost almost 75% more than the 2560X1440 27" IPS panel does - and since pro designers don't use glossy screens (at least most of them do not like glossy screens) the market for a 30" glossy screen would be very small.
    If Apple made a matte 30" IPS 2560X1600 display - a lot of designers and photographers would be interested in buying it.

    So I suggest Apple make a 30" IPS matte 2560X1600 LED panel - and they might have a chance at making some DINERO on it :)
    Otherwise it will not happen.

    You can almost get 2 27" for the same price as one 30" - and I much prefer to run with dual 27" 2560x1440 IPS displays than with one 30" 2560X1600 IPS display :)
  6. iLucas macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2011
    Yes i know. But there had to be some reason they discontinued the 30" to begin with. I thought it was because the sales weren't to high. I agree about the resolution increase.
  7. MBX thread starter macrumors 68000

    Sep 14, 2006
    Thanks for all the replies.

    What are the best and latest pro 30'' screens from Eizo and NEC?

  8. TheStrudel macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2008
     seems to be getting away from the 30" 16:10 aspect ratio in favor of the higher pixel density enjoyed by their 27" display. Evidence seems to imply that  is moving towards higher pixel density displays in general, a trend I welcome.

    High end displays from NEC would be their PA series. Practically everything Eizo sells would be considered high end, but if you want their high-high end, just look for the model range with the highest price tag next to it.
  9. potatis macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2006
    Mini Displayport doesn't support resolutions over 2560×1600 I believe.
    So Apple can't really improve on the 27" without changing connector(?)
  10. dyn macrumors 68030

    Aug 8, 2009
    mDP is just a connector (electrical identical to the normal DP connector). The protocol that is used is DisplayPort. mDP is part of the DisplayPort version 1.2 standard which seems to be supporting a max of 3840 × 2160 × 30 bpp @ 60 Hz. IIRC Thunderbolt only supports DisplayPort version 1.1a which doesn't support the bandwidth needed for that resolution making 2560x1600 the max.
  11. potatis macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2006

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