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Earlier this week, rumors and speculation suggested Apple was working on a 5K Thunderbolt Display with an integrated GPU that could potentially debut at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, but new information from iMore suggests that is not the case.

According to iMore's Rene Ritchie, Apple does not plan to introduce an Apple Display with an integrated external GPU. Ritchie does not provide a specific source on this information, but he is well-connected and occasionally shares accurate details on Apple's plans.

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There'd been some speculation on Twitter and rumor reports about Apple possibly introducing a display with an integrated eGPU. Theory being, it would take some of the graphical processing overhead off MacBooks and/or facilitate a single-cable connection that could drive 5K.

While it sounds cool, it can also create expectational debt. So, scratch eGPU off your list for now, but keep your eyes locked to the keynote on Monday, June 13, for lots of other amazingly cool stuff.
Ritchie's statement does not appear to entirely dismiss the possibility of an upgraded Thunderbolt Display at the Worldwide Developers Conference, so it is possible some kind of display-related announcement is still in the works.

As we explained yesterday, Apple could introduce a 5K display alongside Thunderbolt 3 Macs, using both DisplayPort 1.2 streams in the Thunderbolt 3 specification to drive a 5K display using Multi-Stream Transport. Apple used a similar setup internally for the original 5K iMac.

In recent weeks, Thunderbolt Display stock has been dwindling in many Apple retail stores across the United States, in Canada, and in the UK, leading to speculation that a refresh is on the horizon. It is still not clear if the stock shortages are indicative that a new model is coming, but the Thunderbolt Display is long overdue for an update and WWDC would be an ideal time for an unveiling.

Article Link: No 5K Thunderbolt Display With Integrated GPU Coming at WWDC
 
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Zirel

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Yes, there will be. It's called the iMac 5K, and it's a GPU+CPU+etc attached to a monitor.

Costs less than dell's inferior 5K monitor, too!

Even if you upgrade to a PCI-Ex, or fusion drive, still costs less than the Dell!
 

FoxMcCloud

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Typical rumour!

Day 1: "Theres a new thing coming very soon!!"
Day 2: "The thing reported earlier isn't coming soon"

Day 5: "New rumours suggest the previously rumoured thing that was supposed to come soon but was later rumoured not to come soon is in fact coming soon!"
Day 7: "A further report states the thing is not coming soon, but is coming later, possibly next year..maybe"

WWDC, nothing announced.

1.1 minute after WWDC: "I CANT BELIEVE APPLE HAVENT RELEASE THE THING!"
 

Zirel

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Typical rumour!

Day 1: "Theres a new thing coming very soon!!"
Day 2: "The thing reported earlier isn't coming soon"

Day 5: "New rumours suggest the previously rumoured thing that was supposed to come soon but was later rumoured not to come soon is in fact coming soon!"
Day 7: "A further report states the thing is not coming soon, but is coming later, possibly next year..maybe"

WWDC, nothing announced.

1.1 minute after WWDC: "I CANT BELIEVE APPLE HAVENT RELEASE THE THING!"

You forgot "Apple is doomed", "Peak iPhone", "Apple doesn't innovate"...

Rumors about Apple products have gone so much downhill in quality... save us, Mark Gruman.
 
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ogun7

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I believe Rene. It's probably some other embedded chip to allow for the resolution: ala the unique timing chip in the iMac. Not an entire GPU.
 
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Mark Holmes

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Well, that's disappointing. I was just commenting on the rumors yesterday, saying that maybe Apple is going to give us something exciting at WWDC. Still, it isn't over til the fat lady sings... and it's been awhile since Apple gave us something exciting at a keynote. Here's hoping...
 
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DryHeave

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You cannot use the iMac 5K as a external display though

Whoa. Seriously? So you can't chain together two 5k iMacs in a dual-monitor situation? I used to chain together a 2009 27" iMac onto a 2011 27" iMac and loved it. Can't do this anymore with the 5k iMacs??? :(
 

keysofanxiety

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Whoa. Seriously? So you can't chain together two 5k iMacs in a dual-monitor situation? I used to chain together a 2009 27" iMac onto a 2011 27" iMac and loved it. Can't do this anymore with the 5k iMacs??? :(

Regrettably not. I agree it's an absolute crock. Prevents people from just buying the crappy base model if they just wanted a cheap 5K display I suppose.
 

Icaras

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Worst day of my life. I want a cinema display for over 4 years now but I refuse to pay the current price tag for it's current specs.
:(

Hang on there...Read this part:

Ritchie's statement does not appear to entirely dismiss the possibility of an upgraded Thunderbolt Display at the Worldwide Developers Conference, so it is possible some kind of display-related announcement is still in the works.

The idea of a TBD with an external GPU was dismissed, but its still entirely possible we may still get an announcement for a regular TBD update.
 
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Lesser Evets

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Please... this is news? Apple is Apple. We'll get monitors once the paradigm is ready to shift.

Here comes the positive comments.
YAY! No monitors, still!! Way to go, Tim Cook and Apple--you guys are the bestests!

❤️❤️❤️ rabu-rabu! ❤️❤️❤️
 
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