The Aging Apple Thunderbolt Display Will Soon Become a History



Apple has decided to pull the plug on its only monitor for Mac, the Thunderbolt display

A bit of sad news to Mac users: Apple is planning to discontinue its Thunderbolt display. First introduced back in July 2011, Apple Thunderbolt display has received many love and never undergone any update since then. The only branded external display of Apple benefits its users in many ways, such as connecting to MacBooks or other Macs for extra viewing pleasure. Now, the manufacturer calls it time for this good old Thunderbolt display.

“We’re discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt display,” announced an Apple spokeperson. “It will be available through, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users.”

So there is some stock left, and when the stock runs out, that’s it. As unfortunate as this decision may be, hopefully it is only for the best. These days, the modern standards for a monitor sits at 5K wide-gamut display. Although there has not been any further announcement whether Apple will launch a 5K display—or at least 4K version—it only makes sense that the giant tech replaces it well-loved but antique Apple Thunderbolt display with something higher end.

The sudden announcement of original Thunderbolt display retiring just may fuel—or rather, add some heat on—speculation that Apple will soon unveil Thunderbolt 4K or 5K version of the display. The Mac’s display is now 5K, and although it can be extended to the existing Thunderbolt display, it could do better than that. The current Thunderbolt display runs at 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution with a 720p forward facing camera and FireWire 800 port, which is pretty long in the tooth and clearly a bit of antique for 2016. Mac users definitely could use a branded display much better than that.


Many analysts had predicted that the giant tech company would call it time with its thousand dollar Thunderbolt display. Another prediction was Apple to unveil a new, updated model of Thunderbolt display at WWDC 2012, but surprise, surprise, it did not happen. There has been a huge gap in Apple’s hardware lineup to date, and fans are waiting (not) patiently for a new display model from the manufacturer. Well, for now, we can only make use of the existing stock of Apple Thunderbolt display until Apple makes up its mind.