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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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
  2. nerdAFK macrumors 6502


    Apr 24, 2014
    Yes! Please!

    Of course I'll wait two years until the price hopefully drops to $999
  3. Dilster3k macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2014
    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.
  4. prowlmedia Suspended

    Jan 26, 2010
    Why? Can't take it with you.
  5. sammich macrumors 601


    Sep 26, 2006
    *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.
  6. nerdAFK macrumors 6502


    Apr 24, 2014
    The 43 mega pixel panorama I'll be shooting with my iPhone 6 Plus should perfectly fit 3 of this Retina Thunderbolt display.



    If not, then Apple is waiting for Intel's Broadwell.
  7. prowlmedia Suspended

    Jan 26, 2010
    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.
  8. solamar macrumors regular

    Dec 30, 2008
    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....
  9. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    I hope they keep the current 27-inch around but cut the price in half. It is over priced right now.
  10. OriginalMacRat macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2007
    That's what the 4K support in the HDMI port is for.
  11. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    I imagine the display will make it into the iMacs before the cinema display.
  12. iPhysicist macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2009
    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 ;-)
  13. prowlmedia Suspended

    Jan 26, 2010
    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.
  14. iPhysicist macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2009
    Hey there, I generally like to oversee that there are people who have to use them for work.
  15. bobringer macrumors member

    May 20, 2004
    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.
  16. Jsameds macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2008
    Lol this screen isn't for gaming haha
  17. Pakaku macrumors 68020


    Aug 29, 2009
    You're not the intended audience if you think a few-thousand-dollar 5K screeen is for gaming...
  18. Zellio macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2012
    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....
  19. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    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).
  20. AppleInLVX macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2010
    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.
  21. JesperA macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2012
    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
  22. thekeyring macrumors 68040

    Jan 5, 2012
    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.
  23. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
  24. Spacedust macrumors 6502a

    May 24, 2009

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