The Apple Thunderbolt Display is no longer in the Apple shop in 2016 - here are the alternatives!

Apple Thunderbolt Display 2016 before the end?

The one presented in 2011 Apple Thunderbolt Display, an external monitor from Apple, which could be paired with various devices, is now facing the end. Anyone who can no longer get hold of remaining stocks in the Apple Store or online will have to be content with used goods in the future. Because yourself in the Apple Online Shop there no more Apple display; only the right accessories, if you want to pimp your existing device. A successor to the 27-inch peripheral device has not yet been officially announced.

No more Apple Thunderbolt Display, but third-party offerings

The manufacturer off Cupertino has the trade magazine iMore Answered questions. In the corresponding article one could read the following (translated from English): "How to set up the Apple Thunderbolt Display. It will still be available on, Apple stores, and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a large number of third-party options for Mac users."

Apple Thunderbolt Display 2016 before the end?
Will the Apple Thunderbolt Display end in 2016? Or does Apple still have a new version in Peto that will be presented at the iPhone keynote in September?

With this statement and the reference to the third-party offerings, the hope of all users that a new Apple Thunderbolt display model would hit the market. Because the iMac For example, the last version not only got thinner, but also brought a 5K display and other new advantages. This is what they wanted to see on the Thunderbolt display; in vain.

Postpone hope for new Thunderbolt display to September 2016?

In September not only should the new iPhone 7 but to another source - namely the magazine 9to5Mac - also a new Thunderbolt display. That this is the case with the Apple Keynote 2016 should happen, this is shown in the linked article in the form of hearsay from "insider" circles (translated from English): "[...] We've heard rumors about what the new display might offer. Finally upgraded with a Retina display from its Mac cousins, the new 'Thunderbolt Display' will most likely bring a 5K display with 5120 x 2880 pixels. Additionally, sources report that Apple will be sending the display in a surprising direction; specifically, it is speculated that Apple is integrating a special GPU in the display itself."

If you don't want to wait so long in uncertainty or want to come up with a few alternatives for September, we have a few more tips for you. Because it is still possible that Apple will not be a new one after all Thunderbolt Display will bring out. Why else should the manufacturer refer to third-party devices in an official statement (see above).

Alternatives, Cinema 5K monitors and Thunderbolt docks on Amazon

34-inch monitor LG 34UM88-P

For example the manufacturer LG has a good one QHD display with 21: 9 format on offer. The LG 34UM88-P also has a screen diagonal of 34 inches (86,36 cm) and is therefore perfect for games, films, series, editing programs for pictures, videos, music and more. In the office, too, all the necessary programs and notes can be optimally organized on such a large monitor. In addition to other interfaces, it also has two Thunderbolt ports - ideal for coupling with Apple devices:

» Order the LG 34UM88-P with QHD Cinema Format from Amazon

5K monitor Dell UP2715K

Who would prefer one Monitor with 5K resolution would like to have, maybe he should go to Dell UP2715K to grab. Like the Thunderbolt Display and the iMac, it has a screen diagonal of 27 inches (68,6 cm). A Thunderbolt interface is also available. However, as you can see from the comments on Amazon, you have to occupy both Thunderbolt slots on the MacBook in order to transmit 5K images. One connection is sufficient for 4K or Ultra HD at least:

» Order the Dell UP2715K with 5K display from Amazon

OWC Thunderbolt Dock

In order to further explore interface possibilities and, in addition to the Thunderbolt ports, also have the option of using HDMI, USB (3), Ethernet and audio, this can be done OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock use. With this you can also Pairing external monitors as well as other peripherals. Here are all the details and lots of good reviews:

» Order the OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock from Amazon

Conclusion on the subject of the TB display

Maybe there will be a new Thunderbolt display in September 2016 as part of the Apple Keynote. But just maybe. If you are looking for, or have just read this article, you will also find suitable alternatives. What's your opinion? Have you already finished with the Apple Monitor - or is there still hope?




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