Apple launching 27 inch 5K monitor
It seems as though Apple doesn’t think that launching two smartphones and a smartwatch is enough for a season, the company planning to launch a whopping 27 inch 5K monitor later this year. On Tuesday, Apple announced the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch at the Flint Center in Cupertino, but it omitted mention of an iPad or the monitor we’ve just found out about.
Allegedly, the new Apple monitor will sport a 27 inch display with 5120*2880 resolution, considerably more than Apple’s previous display, the Thunderbolt. We are wondering what kind of build this monitor will have, since powering such a high resolution display is no small feat, not even for Apple. The Thunderbolt, which had a 2560*1440 resolution was powered through DisplayPort 1.2, used by the Apple Mac Pro, iMac and Retina MacBook Pro to power their 4k displays. Even though the devices could power the display, they could do so at the expense of their refresh rate.
A 4k resolution of 4096 x 2160 put on the new Apple monitor would be a more inspired choice on the part of the company, because that would allow them to use the DisplayPort 1.2 standard to power it without much hassle, taking advantage of the 20 GBps transfer rate of Thunderbolt 2, with would help stabilize the monitor’s performance. A 5K Apple monitor wouldn’t be timed right either, since Dell just announced its own very secretive 5K display with a 5120*2880 resolution and 218 ppi. Dell hasn’t disclosed the technology it uses to power the stunning display, but some have speculated that Multi-Stream Transport could have been used to conjoin two 2560*2880 panels in order to create the 5K resolution.
Apple’s Thunderbolt Display debuted about three years ago, so a new monitor from the company should definitely be in development already. Since we don’t know much about the price, release date or the technology the 27 inch 5K Apple monitor will use, take these rumors with a grain of salt, because they will remain unconfirmed until Apple says otherwise.
Apple seems to be picking up ground in the technology business yet again, with rumors pouring in about a new iPad Air 2 coming in November, iPad Mini 3 in the works and a MacBook Air might be launched in 2015, as well. Apple might be taking advantage of all the hype created around the company after the launch of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch by releasing even more enticing (and sometimes overpriced) products to fans. Even though many are saying that both the iPhones and the Apple Watch might end up being a flop considering the competition, we will have to wait and see at the close of the next fiscal year.
The iPhone 6 Plus is facing a saturated market within which it needs to compete against the likes of the Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge, Meizu MX4, Huawei Ascend Mate 7, Xiaomi Mi4, LG G3 and more whilst the iPhone 6 has to take on flagships like the Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, OPPO Find 7, Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact, Galaxy Alpha and many more. Taking all this into consideration, maybe it would be best for Apple to stay in the monitor, tablet and notebook market, where there aren’t quite as many overhyped products to compete with.