Apple Thunderbolt Display Discontinued; No Replacement In Place
Apple has confirmed that it is discontinuing sales of the Thunderbolt Display, the only monitor that the company sells. The monitor has traditionally been slow on updates – Apple hasn’t updated the Thunderbolt Display since September 2011.
For now, the monitor is still available for purchase through Apple’s website and Apple Stores, but once current inventory is sold out, it will be gone for good.
Apple spokesperson said in a statement:
We’re discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display. It will be available through Apple.com, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users.
There is no word on whether Apple plans to offer something in the display’s place in the future. Though some reports point to Cupertino building a 5K Retina Thunderbolt Display with a discrete GPU to match the current high-end iMac but they are all rumors at the moment.
But if there is no alternative in place, this will mark the end of Apple producing standalone displays for its computers.
While there are several third-party options available, they won’t be sold at the Apple Store which means you’ll be on your own to find the best one for your Mac.
In related news, Apple is preparing a major revamp of the MacBook Pro line for later this year. The 2016 MacBook Pro’s are set to come in 13-inch and 15-inch models, with a significant lighter and thinner design thanks to the incorporation of USB type-C.
Further, the models could feature a brand new OLED display touch bar, as well as integrate Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner. What’s more interesting is that the 2016 MacBook Pro could be powered by AMD’s next generation Polaris 11 GPU.