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Apple Discontinues Its Big Beautiful Thunderbolt Display

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Apple hasn’t updated its Thunderbolt display in five years, and now it won’t be selling it either.

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Yesterday, Apple announced that its old displays would be sold on Apple.com while supplies last, and then the hardware would officially retire. But the weird thing is that Apple hasn’t announced any new displays to replace it, instead pointing to would-be buyers to third-party options.

The loss of Apple’s Thunderbolt display is more telling about Apple’s ideas for the feature of laptop connectivity than the passing of some amazing product. For some time, Apple’s display has been criticized for being outdated and overpriced. After all, it only has a 2560-by-1140 resolution, which is woefully low compared to Apple’s new 5K Macs.

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However, before WWDC earlier this month, 9to5Mac reported that Apple was working on a new Thunderbolt Display with an external GPU, in order to push the pixels in a higher-resolution monitor and work with a broad range of Apple products. Today, Buzzfeed’s John Paczkowski confirmed that Apple still had plans to release this next-gen display.

Apple has been long overdue for a hardware refresh on several of its machines, most notably MacBook Pros. It’s very possible that Apple will announce new MacBooks along with a new GPU-laden Thunderbolt Display, perhaps using Thunderbolt 3.0 over USB Type-C if Apple’s latest Macbook is any indicator.

But if you want to make a terrible purchasing decision, you can still buy a $1,000 (lol) Thunderbolt Display from 2011 while supplies last.

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[TechCrunch]

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Since they didn’t release hardware along with their new software - I think apple is finally abandoning the MBP and iMac lines. They seem to have migrated back to isolating the ecosystem again, this time with a focus on personal entertainment and very light work. They want to cloud-ify everything.

We’ll know in a few months if they’re going to release something new. But not announcing the hardware at the WWDC (software and hardware go together like pb&j) pretty much indicates they’re abandoning it. I love mac. But even I can recognize their conservative motions for what they are. Jobs always fought so hard against this BS - against the bozo’s. Well... there are bozos now. Otherwise they’d recognize that without the creative talent that uses their less profitable hardware there would be zero drive to build for their personal entertainment platforms.

My next computer is likely to be a 6th generation Aorus X7 or X5 - it has the horsepower and an aluminum body. Not quite the same construction value of a MBP... but when you’re plucking down for a $4k computer you take the best you can get. I’ll put two m.2 x4 SSDs (hopefully they have 1tb versions available soon) and drop a Samsung 950 pro 2tb in it, along with 64gb ram. That combined with the high end i7 and 3k/4k display should keep the box humming for the next couple years. Oh, and likely dual maxwell 1070's in SLI if I get the X7.

The only thing I wish they had was dual-port thunderbolt 3. That would just be the icing on the cake.