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New Mac Pro imminent as Apple begins selling Sharp 4K display

updated 05:24 pm EST, Fri December 6, 2013

Ultra high-resolution Sharp displays show up in Apple online stores

A number of Apple's online stores have begun selling 4K monitors made by Sharp, it was revealed on Friday. A 32-inch version of Sharp's PN-K321 monitor showed up at Apple's UK online store recently, retailing for £3,499. The move likely signals the impending availability of Apple's new, redesigned Mac Pro.

The Sharp PN-K321 sports a 31.5-inch diagonal LED screen that outputs at 3840 x 2160. That display features IGZO technology, leading to increased pixel transparency and reduced current leakage, meaning the monitor is more energy efficient. It is capable of displaying 1.07 billion colors, and it has 350 c/m2 brightness with an 800:1 contrast ratio.

It also features a built-in 2W per channel stereo audio system, and it can operate both in landscape- and portrait-modes. It connects to a compatible device via a DisplayPort cable, but the device also comes with an RS-232 conversion cable.

With 4K resolution, the PN-K321 is capable of displaying full resolution content from four full HD screens on a single display. Apple's new Mac Pro is capable of outputting at full resolution on up to three 4K displays simultaneously. The new Mac Pro will retail for $2,999, and it may become available as early as December 16.

The Sharp PN--K321 is currently available for order from a number of Apple's international online stores. The display retails for £3,499, with free delivery. Orders placed today will ship within 1-2 weeks.

by MacNN Staff



  1. driven

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    I don't get this. The mac Pro says it can support up to 3 4K displays. Yet, this isn't a Thunderbolt display. It supports HDMI, but the Mac Pro only has one HDMI port.

    To support more, do you need to consume two of the Thunderbolt ports with a converter? (and lose the daisy chain ability?)

  1. GreenMnM

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    Joined: 11-07-00

    Apple's re-branded "Thunderbolt" was originally a "mini DisplayPort" connection. All you will need is a full sized DisplayPort to mini DisplayPort adapter.

  1. driven

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    That's sort of what I said at the end of my question. But then you essentially lose the use of that Thunderbolt port. (Now I know why they gave you 6!!)

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