It has been over a couple months since Apple unveiled the best iMac they have ever built – the iMac with 5K Retina Display. They went nuts unveiling products at their special October event, but there was one product missing. And a very important one, at that. Why wasn’t a 5K Retina Thunderbolt Display monitor announced next to its iMac counterpart?
Apple’s Thunderbolt Displays have been the go-to monitors for Mac-using fans and professionals. These large screens offer the pristine quality and famous design Apple has turned into a standard. We can go as far as saying these are among the best monitors available to consumers (even if not the cheapest), but they have become subpar to another Apple product.
Those who want Apple’s stunning 5120x2880p resolution screens are currently forced into buying a whole iMac computer, something that simply isn’t often the best option. After all, many of you prefer Macbooks, Mac Minis or Mac Pros (or even non-Apple computers), but want to benefit from Apple’s 5K resolution.
While current Thunderbolt Displays are great, the fact that the 5K Thunderbolt Display is not even an option leaves much to be desired. Especially considering how long it has been since Apple’s monitors got an update. Come on, it has been well over 3 years!
Was it really impossible for Apple to release a 5K Retina Thunderbolt Display? It’s essentially an iMac without the computer parts inside. This is likely one of Apple’s techniques for juicing their products as much as possible. Those who really want a 5K Retina Display will buy the iMac. And if the computing power inside is not enough, they will buy it and use their Mac Pros (or other computers) with it.
Apple is all about that exclusivity, right? It’s the same reason why we still haven’t seen Macbook Airs with Retina Displays. They are forcing us to upgrade.
So, when can we expect the 5K Retina Thunderbolt Display?
Now that we have all that ranting out of our systems, let’s jump into the real talk. When are these 5K Retina Thunderbolt Displays coming? Well, we would hope that it’s soon.
The truth is that Apple has been very unpredictable with anything other than its main products (iPhones, iPads and whatnot). Furthermore, Apple Displays have never followed habitual launches.
There is no pattern to their releases. They have come in different months, seasons, and time windows. What we do know is that they were updated much more often back in 2005-2007.
Another truth is that Apple currently holds a record amount of time without refreshing its monitor line. The last update was announced on September of 2011. Let’s hope this 5K Retina Thunderbolt Display is in the works and coming very soon.
And yes, we do expect the next generation to at least offer 5K Retina resolution. It would be a slap in the face if they don’t. Wouldn’t you agree? Please don’t pull a Retina-less on this one, Apple.
How many of you are waiting on the coming of the 5K Retina Thunderbolt Display?