It’s been a while since we have been using the Thunderbolt display which is sadly now eclipsed by the Retina MacBooks and iMacs in terms of screen quality and resolution. We already know about Apple’s strategy of ignoring a certain line for a significant amount of time before it decides to update it or replace it altogether.
According to 9to5 mac, the stock for Thunderbolt displays at Apple Stores is running out which indicates a refresh.
This product scarcity so close to the WWDC has us wondering whether Apple is ready to offer us something new. Although we have been told that the WWDC won’t have much to offer in terms of new hardware, we can expect Apple to launch the new display as a keynote to please the crowd and pencil in a release for fall when it plans to launch the revamped MacBook Pro line. As always rumors around Apple products launches are fierce and we have heard rumblings as to what the new display will offer.
Apple is finally going to bring its Thunderbolt display up to par with its Retina display Mac cousins with a 5K resolution display of 5120x2880pixels. What makes this interesting is the surprising direction Apple plans on taking the display in, with the inclusion of an on board GPU which will be able to help with the graphical heavy work.
Apple has often come under fire for the planned short life spans of its releases, so the new 5K display has been designed in such a way that it can remain compatible with as many future Macs as possible. To solve the problem of keeping a MacBook as thin and light as possible but include a powerful GPU, Apple has decided to incorporate said GPU inside the display itself. The process will be able to take place smoothly and automatically because of the technology update within its OS X software.
The Mac will be able to decide for itself after connecting to the new display whether it wants to use its own internal graphic power or the external GPU included with the Thunderbolt display. The details on how the new Apple Display connects to the Mac is not clear but we are certain that it will require the purchase of a new Mac to use the display at full 5K resolution. Using a USB-C port to connect to the Thunderbolt 3 seems to be the best option.
The current Retina MacBook however will not be able to take advantage of the new GPU integrated display because of a lack of adequately capable ports. The new Display will be backwards compatible with already available Macs at their standard resolutions. Apart from the GPU, the board looks same as the Retina iMac display.
So we can expect the new display to have the same DCI P3 color gamut for industry leading color reproduction and dynamism. We do not have more information about the physical appearance of the Thunderbolt display but we can safely predict that it will have to change to entertain the inclusion of the integrated GPU.