5K LG UltraFine Display Now Unavailable From Apple in the U.S.

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is no longer offering the 5K LG UltraFine Display from the Apple Store in the United States, with the monitor now listed as "Sold Out" and unavailable for pickup in any retail location.

    The 5K LG display was in stock and available to be shipped just recently, so the stock shortage happened within the last few days. The listing for the display has not been eliminated from Apple's site, so it's not entirely clear if Apple plans to restock the monitor or if Apple is done selling it for good.


    Apple last month removed the online listing for the 4K LG UltraFine Display, and prior to when it was pulled, the 4K monitor had been listed as "Sold Out" for some time, so Apple could be planning to remove the 5K monitor from the site in the near future as well.

    The 4K and 5K UltraFine Displays were designed by LG in partnership with Apple and were created to be used with the 2016 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models, which supported Thunderbolt 3 for the first time.

    The 27-inch 5K UltraFine Display featured a resolution of 5120 x 2880, P3 wide color gamut, and 85W of power delivery for charging a MacBook Pro. Apple was selling it for $1,299. The 27-inch 5K UltraFine display continues to be available from Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Amazon, and it is still listed on LG's website.

    Apple is potentially phasing out the LG displays because they're several years old at this point and because there is a new Apple-branded display in the works. Apple is developing a high-end high-throughput modular Mac Pro and is said to be planning on a 31.6-inch 6K display to go with it.

    The new display has been described as a high-end display aimed at Apple's pro user base, so it's likely to be expensive and may not be a suitable replacement for the 4K and 5K displays that are no longer available from Apple.

    Article Link: 5K LG UltraFine Display Now Unavailable From Apple in the U.S.
  2. azdolan macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2017
    Dundee, Scotland
  3. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    My guess is Apple is no longer restocking them, which might be indicative that they’re finally bringing their own displays in either during WWDC or maybe later in the summer. Ideally, it would make sense during WWDC being within less than a month. (They surprised everyone with Macs updated last July.)
  4. sub150 macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2018
    Not offering a consumer or even prosumer monitor is terrible. The 6k 32" is clearly professional or business and leaves the rest of us out here with a Dell that probably won't work that well with a MacBook. What's the point of TB3 if you don't have a monitor that plays well with it.

    Just another sign of them not getting it and trying to protect margins at the expense of UX. Keyboards, Homepod, iPhone naming/lineup, Macbook naming/lineup, Mac Pro debacle, iCloud storage, Apple TV (hardware, app, and +...wtf..and what is AppleTV+), Apple News+...I mean seriously what is this company doing other than chasing fires with no overarching, long term strategy.
  5. TMRJIJ macrumors 68040


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    Not likely. It is probably in their best interest to sell their Monitor with the new Mac Pro. I don’t see Apple releasing the Mac Pro until the holiday season at the ‘earliest’ given there hasn’t been any leaks or rumors.
  6. hermes16 macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2019
    If it had the Apple logo on it, we could call it the pro display
  7. SeattleMoose macrumors 68000

    Jul 17, 2009
    Der Wald
    The older I get the worse my vision and hearing get. That saves me a LOT of money because all the old stuff (TV and audio) is "good enough".
  8. BWhaler macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2003
    Terrible decision by Apple to go down this path. Reflective of exec team who forgot the pro market and was drifting away from the Mac.

    Let’s hope 2019 marks the return of the Mac. Seems like all of Apple’’s competitors have been more than happy to take the pro and creative business away.
  9. Boil macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2018
    Dude, chill... The 4K & 5K LG monitors are STILL AVAILABLE, just not directly from Apple...

    What a shock that they might want to remove competition FROM THEIR OWN APPLE WEBSTORE...

    But I would hope they also offer a 27" 4K model to complement the Space Grey Mac mini, even if we all know it will come at a higher cost than a comparable third-party monitor...?
  10. gldoorii macrumors newbie


    Aug 20, 2015
    I'm having such a difficult time finding a good monitor for my wife for the photo editing she does. She's not a super professional photographer (70/30 hobby to clients), but she does enough that she spends several hours a week editing in Lightroom etc on her 13" Macbook Pro. I'd love to get her a larger 4K monitor for her to work on, but most I've seen at stores are matte or just look...meh... If I research it online I get like $1000 "pro" type monitors, which have that crisp glossy look of the iMacs. Can anyone recommend a monitor for $500 max that isn't that ugly matte look?
  11. nutmac macrumors 601

    Mar 30, 2004
    LG UltraFine would've sold better if they had better design (smaller bezels, no LG branding on the front, metallic finish) and kept the introductory price ($974 for 27" 5K and $524 for 21.5" 4K).
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    Actually, they are sold out in many places. I think they are no longer being manufactured.
  12. Boil macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2018
    Well then, if they are no longer being manufactured, then we cannot really blame Apple for removing them from their webstore (especially since they have their own monitor forthcoming)...

    But we CAN hope that Apple will (eventually) make more than one size of Apple-branded monitor...!
  13. lkrupp macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2004
    Does it really matter? If or when Apple announces its own monitors this comment section will stroke out over the prices. I can hear it now.
  14. nutmac macrumors 601

    Mar 30, 2004
    32” 6K monitor sounds very expensive, with proprietary local dimming backlighting and high resolution. I would be pleasantly surprised if it is priced at $2000 even.

    I don’t expect Apple to offer monitors in several sizes, but Apple, please offer a cheaper monitor for the rest of us ($1000 or so).
  15. ahostmadsen macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
    I'm happy I already got the 5K monitor (at a discount). Because as far as I know this is the only 5K monitor out there. Are there at all any alternatives?
  16. eatrains macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2006
    You know they've already announced new Apple displays, right?
  17. firewire9000 macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2015
    So how they plan to show their tiny computer to the world, connected to a LG TV? That’s kinda weird, isn’t it?
  18. glindon macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2014
    Dell made one but it’s not for sale anymore and it wasn’t single cable like the lg. They sell a ridiculous 32” 8k monitor for $4,000. You can find refurbished lg 5k for under a grand on Amazon.
  19. Satch111 macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2019
    You can still buy these monitors elsewhere so what’s the issue?. And there are many other thunderbolt 3 ones as well. Apple will never make a cheap consumer monitor.

  20. iObama macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2008
    I guarantee they’ll at least preview it at WWDC.
  21. slayerizer macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2012
    Lenovo 4k (I own one) , plenty of connectivity and nice calibrated image. 432$ There are a few macbook owner that left 5 stars review saying it was working well with USB-C.

  22. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    I wish Apple had not stopped making their own displays, so the idea that they might start up again is encouraging.

    The 4K and 5K displays in the iMacs are absolutely the best displays I've ever seen; I'd love for Apple to just repackage those exact same panels in their own displays matching the iMacs so you can have a two or three (or more!) display iMac setup where everything matches and looks great.

    Also, the LG 5K display wasn't the most reliable thing around. We have four of them at work and two of them have failed since we got them. They were replaced under warranty, but damn... a 50% failure rate on a premium product? That's just sad.
  23. Glockworkorange macrumors 68000


    Feb 10, 2015
    Chicago, Illinois
    Incoming to be announced. Maybe it'll ship in December.
  24. Klososky macrumors member


    Jun 24, 2007
    Oklahoma City, OK
    I can definitely speak to the Lenovo USB C and Thunderbolt displays. I have both and they both work perfectly with my MBP 15 over a single cable.
  25. G5isAlive macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2003

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