Back in June, Apple announced that it had discontinued its Thunderbolt Display, leaving Mac users wondering about their display choices. The picture became clearer in October, when Apple announced that it worked with LG on an UltraFine 4K and 5K display, but they wouldn’t be available until December. Well, we’re well into December, and the day’s finally here: both the LG UltraFine 4K and UltraFine 5K display are available for purchase on the online Apple store.
According to the Apple website, if you order a display, you won’t get it right away. As of this writing, estimated delivery time for the UltraFine 4K is almost immediate here in Australia while our US friends need to wait till around February 2017. You won’t have to wait as long for the UltraFine 5K; it’s deliver time is two to four weeks. You might try your luck by checking availability at your local Apple store.
The UltraFine 5K display has a 5120 x 2880 resolution, while the UltraFine 4K display’s resolution is 4096 x 2304. Both displays support the P3 colour gamut and have a brightness of 500 cd/m².
Both displays use a single Thunderbolt 3 cable to connect to your MacBook or MacBook Pro. In addition to video, the single connection can charge your laptop, as well as feed audio from the laptop to the display’s stereo speakers. The displays also have three USB-C ports for connecting peripherals, and built-in cameras that can be used with FaceTime.