Thunderbolt Display Stock Limited at Apple Stores Ahead of WWDC

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Thunderbolt Display stock is limited or unavailable at several Apple Stores in North America, Europe, Australia, and other regions ahead of new product announcements expected at WWDC 2016 in two weeks.


    A spot check of Apple Stores in the U.S., for example, reveals that the Thunderbolt Display is available on a ship-to-store basis only at all or select locations in Albany, Buffalo, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, San Antonio, San Diego, Syracuse, and many other mid-sized cities and their surrounding areas.

    Thunderbolt Displays do remain available in some major cities, including most stores in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and San Francisco.

    Meanwhile, in Canada, the Thunderbolt Display is only available at more prominent store locations such as the Eaton Centre and Yorkdale in Toronto, Sainte-Catherine in Montréal, and the Pacific Centre in Vancouver. Thunderbolt Display stock in the U.K. is even more scarce, with Apple's web-based Personal Pickup tool showing that Regent Street is the only location with in-store stock within 100 miles of London.

    A reliable retail source informed us that the Thunderbolt Display has been out of stock for a month at all central and surrounding London stores, while a tipster claims that the 27-inch monitor has been pulled from sale, with stock "returned to warehouse," at at least one U.K. retail store. A similar tip originating from Australia was received about Thunderbolt Display stock not being replenished.

    With WWDC 2016 around the corner, limited in-store availability of the Thunderbolt Display will naturally stir speculation about a possible refresh to the standalone monitor. As always, however, the stock outage could simply amount to regular fluctuations within Apple's inventory channels, or Apple could be making room for ongoing store renovations. Rumors about a Thunderbolt Display refresh have slowed since late 2014.

    AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule Wi-Fi base stations are also at least temporarily out of stock at many Apple Stores, although only at U.S. locations and possibly because of a recent firmware update or FCC compliance.

    Apple began shipping the five-year-old Thunderbolt Display in September 2011. In terms of prospective updates, the 27" Retina 5K iMac could be the basis for a corresponding 5K Thunderbolt Display, which could feature the same 5,120×2,880 pixels resolution, USB-C ports for connecting Thunderbolt 3 peripherals, and possibly an ultra-thin design resembling the latest iMacs.

    Only the late 2013 Mac Pro, late 2014 or newer 27" Retina 5K iMac, and mid 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro with AMD Radeon R9 M370X graphics are capable of driving 5K external displays, however, and each setup requires using two Thunderbolt cables per display. The lack of support is due to bandwidth limitations of the DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4 specs on current Macs.

    DisplayPort 1.3 has increased bandwidth, but Skylake-based Macs with Thunderbolt 3 will not support the spec and Intel's next-generation Kaby Lake processors on track for a late 2016 launch will not as well. Apple could opt to release a 4K Thunderbolt Display instead, but supply chain considerations make this unlikely, so the company's exact plans for the future of its standalone display remain to be seen.

    Update: Apple is rumored to be working on a 5K external display with a dedicated graphics card, which would feasibly allow the display to be used with almost any Mac because it would be driven by an internal graphics card rather than the machine it is connected to. A future software update like OS X 10.12 would be required.

    Apple could also elect to use Multi-Stream Transport (MST), a technology that stitches two halves of a display together to make a single seamless display in software. By using both of the DisplayPort 1.2 streams, forthcoming Macs with Thunderbolt 3 ports would be able to drive a 5K display over MST without the need for an external GPU.

    Article Link: Thunderbolt Display Stock Limited at Apple Stores Ahead of WWDC
  2. gaximus macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2011
  3. ignatius345 macrumors 68020

    Aug 20, 2015
  4. Bbqthis macrumors 6502a


    Apr 12, 2015
    Bay Area, CA
    The new Thunderbolt Display is going to be the same resolution and everything...just with USB 3. Mark my words. :p
  5. smacrumon macrumors 68030


    Jan 15, 2016
    It's a comin'! The WWDC downpour is ready to flood this forum with more conversational topics!
  6. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Please, let this be the most anticipated Apple launch of the last 3 years:
    > 30" Retina!!
  7. Benjamins macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2010
    As of right now, I see very little reason why Apple needs a Apple branded display.
  8. BigJohno macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2007
    San Francisco
    Not going to happen as their supply chain has 27".
  9. Junior117 macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    PLEASE be a refresh! (Possibly 4K. Even if some of the current Macs can't handle it, I'll gladly throw money at the screen (and wonder why nothing's happening)).
  10. dannyyankou macrumors G3


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    Probably for people with a Mac Pro or competing tower?
  11. peterh988 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2011
    Waiting for MBP's to go out of stock!

    Hope the monitor can be matched to the iMac for a 'pretty' two monitor setup.
  12. Dilster3k macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2014
    It took them over 5 years to release a new display? Jesus Christ, insane how they didn't complement one with the Mac Pro at the time either or with the 5K iMac.
  13. Mac 128 macrumors 603

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    One word: MacBook

    People love Apple design. I have a software engineer friend who even bought two iMacs despite running Windows on them because of the design. With Apple reducing their most popular products to single ports, an integrated Apple monitor/expansion hub is a must have accessory for the home or office.
  14. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Mac Pro obviously.
    But also for the Mac mini (how about an external TB3 external GPU with that..?) and MacBook (Pro) owners.
  15. Dydegu macrumors 6502a


    Mar 9, 2015
  16. macrumors 65816

    Nov 10, 2006
    Hopefully if they switch to Thunderbolt 3, it'll still be backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 2 computers. I've started seeing some Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapters but they seem to be for attaching Thunderbolt 2 devices to Thunderbolt 3 computers and it's unclear if they would allow Thunderbolt 3 devices to attach to Thunderbolt 2 computers.
  17. A7ibaba macrumors regular


    Apr 19, 2012
  18. thisismyusername macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2015
    Even after the update, I'm sure you'll still be able to buy non-Apple monitors at the same size/resolution/quality for half the price.
  19. macrumorsuser10 macrumors 6502

    Nov 18, 2010
  20. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    How about Thunderbolt 2/3 AND USB C?
  21. ThisBougieLife macrumors 68000


    Jan 21, 2016
    SF Bay Area, California
    "DisplayPort 1.3 has increased bandwidth, but Skylake-based Macs with Thunderbolt 3 will not support the spec and Intel's next-generation Kaby Lake processors on track for a late 2016 launch will not as well."

    Yay for no progress!
  22. bigchrisfgb macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2010
    Stick a HDMI port on it and I'll buy one as a replacement TV.
  23. sentiblue macrumors regular

    Aug 2, 2012
    Silicon Valley
    Yes! Definitely...
    I've been using dual 27" thunderbolt for some time... would be nice to just use one.
  24. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    YES! I don't care if it's 4K (which will render UI too small on a 27" screen without HiDPI scaling to 1080p).

    Just update the design and ports.
  25. yaxomoxay macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2010
    No way. We will still complain about something, otherwise MacRumors will have no reason of existence.
    At least we will complain that we have nothing to complain about.

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