Report Claims Apple Launching New 27-Inch 5K Display Later This Year

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Apple may launch a new ultra-high definition 27-inch monitor later this year, according to LCD market research firm WitsView (via Digitimes). The firm claims that the display will boast a 5120 x 2880 resolution, which would be significantly higher than the 2560 x 1440 resolution found on the current Apple Thunderbolt Display.

However, it is unknown as to how exactly Apple would power such a high resolution display with the current DisplayPort 1.2 standard used in Thunderbolt 2. A number of Apple's computers including the Mac Pro (late 2013), 27-inch iMac (late 2013), and Retina MacBook Pro (late 2013 and mid 2014) are able to power 4K displays with one Thunderbolt port, but can only do so at designated refresh rates.

It is more likely that Apple would release a new monitor with a "Cinema 4K" resolution of 4096 x 2160, which is the maximum supported resolution by the DisplayPort 1.2 standard. Such a monitor would also be able to take advantage of the 20 Gbps data transfer rate of Thunderbolt 2 to stabilize performance at a high resolution.

An 27-inch 5K ultra high-definition monitor from Apple would also come after Dell's 5K display, which was announced last month and boast a 5120 x 2880 resolution at 218 pixels per inch. It is also unknown as to what technology Dell with use to power the monitor, although AnandTech speculates that the company may use Multi-Stream Transport (MST) to stitch together two 2560 x 2880 panels in order to provide 5120 pixels horizontally.

Apple's Thunderbolt Display debuted nearly three years ago, although it is hard to predict when the company will unveil a new monitor based the erratic upgrade cycle of past displays. In addition to a higher-resolution screen, a new Apple display would also likely feature an iMac-like design and USB 3.0.

Article Link: Report Claims Apple Launching New 27-Inch 5K Display Later This Year
 

nerdAFK

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Yes! Please!

Of course I'll wait two years until the price hopefully drops to $999
 

Dilster3k

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Can't make a retina Air this year? Yet making a 5K display for this year already?

I'll have to see it to believe it. None of those mobile CPUs / GPUs in the current iMacs can run 5K with multiple displays while simultaneously editing 4K content smoothly.
 

sammich

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Sarcasmville.
*sees push notification*

*bets it's a Digitimes article*

*is not disappointed*

This is not a coincidence of Dell just announcing their 5K panel a few days back. This is genuine reporting right here.
 

nerdAFK

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The 43 mega pixel panorama I'll be shooting with my iPhone 6 Plus should perfectly fit 3 of this Retina Thunderbolt display.

:cool:

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Can't make a retina Air this year? Yet making a 5K display for this year already?

I'll have to see it to believe it. None of those mobile CPUs / GPUs in the current iMacs can run 5K with multiple displays while simultaneously editing 4K content smoothly.
If not, then Apple is waiting for Intel's Broadwell.
 

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Unless they are releasing new macs that have Displayport 1.3 which supports 8k and are capable of handling that res...

Even the mac pro Can only do 4k... ok - 3 of them. but still.

The main issue is the size... 27 is pointless at 4k!

I have a couple of 2008 dell 30" monitors at 2560x1600 and they are still fantastic at the distance you sit from them

Would need to be 32 really.
 

solamar

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Meh... Let me say it again.. Meh... I've really no interest in getting a 4k or 5k screen that is so hard on the graphic's card that it can hardly play any games.

I'm getting my LG 34UM94 (not the 95, thats old, had issues, only 1 year warranty) - It's an awesome UltraWide 34" 3440 x 1440p screen with 3 year warranty. As a bonus it has two Thunderbolt 2 ports, 2 HDMI, 1 Display port, three USB3 and is only 30% harder to run than a standard 27" 1440p screen.

This should last me years to come....
 

prowlmedia

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Why not, not every Country is at war so most people will indeed grow old.\jk

It will take some paychecks to afford such display for most people. So start saving... no don't use that Amex please ;-)
The saying is actually referring to 'You can't take it with you when you pop your clogs' ( added in another obscure reference there...but I am sure you know it or get the idea )

Even then... When I am older I plan to be relaxing off the money I have made from the Mac Pro and 4k screen. No other reason to buy one is there really?

I bought a mac pro the other day and paid for it in 5 days. It's my job and main tool and so would a GOOD monitor. In the past I have paid £3K for a cintiq and £12K Silcon graphics workstation ( showing my age there... )

I do agree that it's a bit pointless to buy stuff like this UNLESS it's for work. An iMac is way powerful enough for 90%+ of users.

That said I recently found out that if I had bought Apple shares instead of that to of the range Macbook in 1998 for 5,000 I'd have over 400,000 now. Sigh.
 

bobringer

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Can't make a retina Air this year? Yet making a 5K display for this year already?

I'll have to see it to believe it. None of those mobile CPUs / GPUs in the current iMacs can run 5K with multiple displays while simultaneously editing 4K content smoothly.
A 5K external display 1) gets plugged into the wall, 2) will be powered by a GPU *FAR* more powerful than that in the MBAir.

These two things are pretty important, no?

Apple doesn't need to wait for these things to be "solved" on the MBAir before beginning work on other products.
 

Pakaku

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Meh... Let me say it again.. Meh... I've really no interest in getting a 4k or 5k screen that is so hard on the graphic's card that it can hardly play any games.

I'm getting my LG 34UM94 (not the 95, thats old, had issues, only 1 year warranty) - It's an awesome UltraWide 34" 3440 x 1440p screen with 3 year warranty. As a bonus it has two Thunderbolt 2 ports, 2 HDMI, 1 Display port, three USB3 and is only 30% harder to run than a standard 27" 1440p screen.

This should last me years to come....
You're not the intended audience if you think a few-thousand-dollar 5K screeen is for gaming...
 

Zellio

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Unless they are releasing new macs that have Displayport 1.3 which supports 8k and are capable of handling that res...

Even the mac pro Can only do 4k... ok - 3 of them. but still.

The main issue is the size... 27 is pointless at 4k!

I have a couple of 2008 dell 30" monitors at 2560x1600 and they are still fantastic at the distance you sit from them

Would need to be 32 really.
You only say that because the image looks sharp enough and you have no comparison. Put it beside a MacBook Pro retina. Hell, load up steam run steam in home streaming, and run the same game on the retina and the 30"s, you'll notice the pixels then. I definitely do on 27" monitors with better ppi....
 

ArtOfWarfare

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That said I recently found out that if I had bought Apple shares instead of that to of the range Macbook in 1998 for 5,000 I'd have over 400,000 now. Sigh.
You paid for a Mac Pro in 5 days meaning you make at least $150K/year. So 16 years of holding that stock would have been worth $400K vs working for 16 years (at your current minimum pay rate anyways) would be $2.4M. But I suspect that you probably didn't get the cheapest Mac Pro, which means your pay is somewhere above that (but again, 16 years worth of promotions, so... I'll just stick with that number).
 

AppleInLVX

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This is pretty much the only thing that would make me pull the trigger on a new iMac this year. Otherwise waiting for Broadwell. But if they do release an updates high res monitor and updated Mini, it'd sure be a contender for me.
 

JesperA

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Hopefully a new design to with minimized bezels. I have the current ones and using them in multimonitor config is....yeah.....well the bezels is gigantic
 

thekeyring

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Makes sense. There's still going to be an October event, right? Hopefully we'll see new macs (especially those who want a new mini) and new iPads.