Next-gen Apple display with integrated graphics card reportedly remains in the works

By , Jun 24, 2016

Thunderbolt Display (two-up, MacBook Pro)

Since yesterday’s official news that the 27-inch Thunderbolt Display is dead, pundits have been wondering if the move signals Apple’s exited the external display business altogether. Not so fast. According to John Paczkowski, Managing Editor with BuzzFeed News, Apple isn’t done with the Thunderbolt Display and is continuing work on a brand new display with a rumored integrated graphics card.

“Thunderbolt Display takes dirt nap as expected,” he wrote on Twitter, adding that he’s learned from unnamed sources that a next-generation external monitor is in the works that will have a dedicated discreet graphics card in it.

After discontinuing the $999 27-inch Thunderbolt Display, limited stock remains available at Apple’s brick-and-mortar and online stores and via Apple Authorized Resellers, while supplies last.

“There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users,” said an Apple spokesperson in a statement given to TechCrunch, fueling speculation that it might have decided to get out of the standalone display market completely.

Paczkowski has some good sources and has been very reliable thus far so we have no reason to distrust him, nor do we expect Apple to exit the standalone display market.

Thanks to smart OS X coding, a discreet graphics card inside a next-generation Thunderbolt Display would permit owners of older, or not-fast-enough Macs such as the 12-inch MacBook, to drive the display in ultra high-resolution Retina modes without impacting performance.

The rumored display is also thought to sport a thinner design akin to the 27-inch iMac and could possibly include Apple’s True Tone color-correction technology which made its debut in the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

Source: John Paczkowski

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  • I’m never getting an Apple monitor because they’re way over priced but this better be cheaper than what it used to be.

    • I think that’s a matter of perspective. Apple tends to use some of the best possible components when building their laptops. Not all memory is made equal (another common complaint I hear) and certainly not all LCD panels are either. Most LCD panels use TN (twisted nematic) technology to drive them and are significantly cheaper than the IPS (in-plane switching) screens that Apple uses.

      While a TN based LCD display might be good enough for most people and even gamers due to the high refresh rates, most industry professionals like graphic designers, photographers, and film producers need ISP screens due to their superior color accuracy, viewing angles and superior clarity. This jump in quality comes with a jump in price and this is just one of the many things that sets Apple’s monitors apart.

      If you are looking for a monitor to game on, browse the internet or do basic office work then you certainly don’t need to pay the higher prices of Apple’s premium hardware. Get something cheaper, not only will you save money, but these screens also are typically high gloss (so as to allow the most light through) which means that unless your room is set up appropriately you’ll get TONS of reflections and other annoyances in every day usage.

      All that to say, compared to some of the other screens out there that actually share the same specs. It turns out Apple is actually making a very fairly priced screen for professionals that need it. I’m not one of those people so I got something far cheaper from Dell. But to each their own. I certainly am not likely to get one but it’s not because of the price, I just don’t need that level of precision quality for what I do (mostly programming).

      Hope that helps a bit,

      • Himanshu Oberoi

        I think good quality comes with good price tag. And, Apple always supply its product with superior quality material.

      • Anonymous

        One thing you did forget is aestics. I personally think they have a modern feel and i personally take those things into consideration when buying.

  • techfreak23

    *macOS not OS X anymore

    • Burge

      Its OS X still, Sierra is not out yet and that’s called macOS

      • Himanshu Oberoi

        It’s renamed as MacOS.

      • burge

        El Capitan is OS X Sierra is macOS

    • Himanshu Oberoi

      You are right. The operating System name has been changed.

  • jamster440

    Thank god, this’ll hopefully be USB c so I can use it seamlessly with my MacBook!

  • Jerry

    intergrated graphics card? NO THANK YOU

    • What’s wrong with an integrated graphics card? I think the benefit would be that it’s less for your computer to do when just driving traditional window management graphics and can give you computer a rest.

      If your computer can work with the onboard graphics to render screen elements then this would also hold the potential to free up GPU processing power for video rendering and gameplay as the onboard graphics card in the computer could focus on high end graphics rendering and the display card work on driving the desktop window display and management (drawing icons, cursors, window effects, shadows, transparencies and the rest)

      Or am I missing something here?

      • Jerry

        Makes sense. But if this is all true but lets say you get yourself a 1080 GTX that’s all you would need.

      • I guess the other advantage here would be that since Apple monitors are driven with thunderbolt 2 which can daisy chain. If each display came with an onboard graphics card it could be theoretically possible to up the amount of screens that a single computer could support.

        While you might have a 1080 GTX, imagine being able to devote 100% of it’s resources to a graphics intense application and have another 2, 3 or (more) 5k displays up and running without consuming much in the way of GPU resources.

        No idea if Apple can pull that off or not, but it’s fun to dream sometimes right?