Apple Quietly Discontinues 20" Cinema Display, Theories Abound

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Retailers trying to replenish their stock of Apple's only normal-sized display are now being told something to the effect of "NO, JESUS CHRIST, NO MORE 20" DISPLAYS, OK?" This, of course, created rumors.

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MacRumors points out the most obvious possibility: that Apple is letting current stock dry up to facilitate a transition to new, refreshed 20" displays, with LED backlighting and Mini DisplayPort compatability a la the 24" model. This sounds reasonable, but another possibility—less agreeable—is that Apple's range of displays will contract, leaving the low and high ends at 24" and 30", respectively. If the refresh theory is true, we should know soon enough—a cessation of deliveries, assuming it's to make way for new product, is generally a late indicator. And as far as speculating about a possible round of product updates goes, you really can't ignore yesterday's leaked pictures of the highly perforated probably-Mac-Mini. Interesting timing, at least. [MacRumors]

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Don't like 2 manufacturers make all the lcd panels?

The new Apple displays with LED however are appealing, but I expect other manufacturers to start offering cheaper LED alternatives soon. I have an LED screen on my new Thinkpad, and it is a vast improvement over CCFL, so I wouldn't mind having it for my desktop monitor. Price is too high for now though.