It seems like Apple’s Thunderbolt Display might receive a much-needed upgrade during this year’s WWDC. This product is behind all other Apple’s products at this moment, and even incompatible with the newest notebooks.
We all hope for an all-new Thunderbolt Display to be announced at WWDC, Apple’s annual developer conference in San Francisco. What is interesting to note is that this product’s inventory is very low across numerous Apple Stores.
There are many reasons why we expect a pending refreshing of Thunderbolt Display. It first debuted five years ago, replacing the Cinema Display. During this time, technology went through an evolution, and we are at a point where this display isn’t compatible with some notebooks. For example, Apple has changed the connector on its MacBooks from MagSafe to MagSafe 2, so the box has the ship with a $10 adapter to work with modern notebooks. Furthermore, Apple’s 12-inch MacBook with Retina display comes with a single USB-C port for charging and data transfer. Since Thunderbolt Display units don’t feature USB-C ports, they are not compatible with this notebook.
There is also the display resolution issue. The current iMac models ship with 4K and 5K resolutions, while the $1000 display comes with a resolution of 2560×1440. When Apple launched the upgraded Mac Pro and wanted to show off 4K display support, the company has to use third-party monitors.
Since this year’s WWDC will soon kick off, there is a little time until we’ll see if this product will receive a much-needed upgrade.