O Thunderbolt display was launched by Apple in July 2011. It came to replace the LED Cinema Display which, technically, was quite similar, the differences were due to new connectivity options (left Mini DisplayPort; entered Thunderbolt, among other things). The technology behind the screen, however, is the same. So we can even say that this display we are seeing was created by Ma in 2010 which is even worse considering the speed with which things advance in the technological world.
Rumors of a possible Apple monitor release came up, but as fast as they came, they were gone.
We already discussed a lot mainly in the MacMagazine on Air (including last episode # 187) Apple's decision to keep the display selling for so long. To give you an idea, this beauty comes with a FireWire 800 port (rarely used today) and a MagSafe to MagSafe 2 adapter (the second generation of Apple's magnetic connector was released in 2012, along with Retina display MacBooks Pro, and has everything to be abandoned in the new notebooks for the sake of USB-C).
Anyway, you can understand that, although it is a beautiful monitor, it is too outdated and of course overpriced (out there costs $ 1,000; already in Brazil, $ 9,300) with this value, you can even buy 4K monitors! For Apple has finally acknowledged that there is no more and said it is discontinuing the Thunderbolt Display.
To TechCrunch, an Apple spokesman made the following statement: ?We are discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display. It will be available through Apple.com, Apple retail stores, and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a large number of third party options available for Mac users. ?
The end of the statement is quite enlightening; If Apple planned to launch a new display soon, it would make sense to discontinue the Thunderbolt Display as well and claim that there are third party options available through Apple.
I still bet on the arrival of a new screen but now, at least based on this change of scenery, it seems that everything went well after
Update · 06/24/2016 s 14:51
Thunderbolt Display takes dirt nap as expected. Sources telling me next-gen display will indeed have integrated GPU https://t.co/kx6n0vQGMf
– John Paczkowski (@JohnPaczkowski) June 24, 2016
The Thunderbolt Display is taking a deep nap as expected. Sources tell me that the next generation will effectively have an integrated GPU.
John Paczkowski is one of those people who has great sources inside Apple, contacts with company executives, etc. So when he says something about Ma's world, almost right.
For now he has "confirmed" that Apple is not abandoning the display segment and that it is working on the next generation. As expected, it will have a dedicated GPU to assist with the task of throwing Mac content at the likely 14.7 million pixels of the screen.
Summary: Apple is working and launching the product. Except that this won't happen soon, so she found herself "obliged to recommend" third party monitors.