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Mac hardware refresh to include new Cinema Display

updated 04:15 pm EDT, Fri July 15, 2011

Will likely make switch to Thunderbolt

Apple's impending Mac hardware refresh should include a new Cinema Display, a report reveals. A part number originally thought to be for a new MacBook, MC914, is instead said to be for the new monitor. Backing this up is a named image off Apple's own website, showing not a notebook but a Cinema Display with one of the stock OS X Lion wallpapers active.

A series of images in fact show the monitor paired with various Macs, including the Mini, Pro, iMac and MacBook Pro. All of the depicted computers resemble current models. This may suggest that any upcoming refreshes will keep the same external design, or that the new Cinema Display will be available before the likes of updated Pros are on the market.

The new monitor is expected to connect to Macs through a Thunderbolt cable. Supporting this is an image of a MacBook Pro with two daisy-chained Cinema Displays. Apple has, moreover, been quick to expand Thunderbolt support wherever possible, not only adding it to Macs but putting out cables and highlighting Thunderbolt-compatible storage.

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Scott

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    Joined: Jul 2011



    Please Please PLEASE!!!!! Be a 30" HD Display with Matt Screen. I have 2 of them from 2004, and it seem like Apple brought this killer Display to market, and then just lost interest in it, and moving the size back to a 27" Glossy.

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    do we get another round of whining now...

    about "glossy displays?"

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So last week...

    Last week MC914 was a Mac Pro, then it became a MacBook, now it's a Cinema Display. Whatever will it be on Monday? I'm betting a 7" iPad!

  1. SierraDragon

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Apple ceded the pro images space to Eizo, NEC, etc. when it stopped providing matte display options and went with cheaper consumer-glossy. It would be nice if they brought back matte like they did in the pro laptops.

  1. wr11

    Joined: Dec 1969


    HD FaceTime Camera

    Probably just and updated FaceTime camera and possibly a Thunderbolt hub.

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Tired old discussion, but...

    Don't hold your breath for a matte screen. Too bad - watching movies or videos with dark scenes is ugly with a glossy screen (all I see is a reflection of myself).

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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: So last week...

    Does that 7" iPad come with sandpaper so you can file your fingers down? What's the Apple stock number for sandpaper??


    - Sent from my Android Device.

  1. ASIMO

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The whining is justified.

    My brother-in-law just got the imac. All around great mac, but damn, that glare is annoying as h*** and headache-inducing. At times, it's almost a 27" mirror. And the matte screen option on the new macbooks I remember seeing looks kind of weird compared to my 2008 non-unibody. Anyone know why?

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    These people don't know what they're talking about.

    It is obvious to anyone with a clue that this product is the PowerBook G5!

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