RUMOR: Apple preps total revamp of monitor line, including 30-inch HD-ready model; plans to ditch AD

“Apple is on the verge of announcing a new, totally re-designed family of three flat-panel displays with the addition of a 30-inch HD-ready model. In what appears to be a major change in direction for Apple, the displays will exclusively use a digital visual interface (DVI) connector and will not come with Apple’s proprietary Apple Display Connector (ADC),” ThinkSecret reports.

“Sources have confirmed the three new thin film transistor (TFT) active-matrix liquid crystal displays will be available in 20-inch, 23-inch and 30-inch sizes. The 20-inch model will have a maximum resolution of 1680 x 1050 pixels with a viewable area of 20.1 inches. The 23-inch, HD-ready model will have a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels with a viewable area of 23.0 inches. The 30-inch, HD-ready model will have a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels with a viewable area of 29.7 inches,” ThinkSecret reports.

“The new displays will be dramatically different from the current models in style and shape, as seen below in an exclusive artist rendering commissioned by Think Secret. All three displays will reportedly be around one-inch thick across their entire frame, which will be much smaller and thinner than the current models. The frame will have an aluminum, brushed metal look,” ThinkSecret reports.

Much more info and renderings here.

26 Comments

  1. First Post
    Wau. MDN is fast sometimes. I sended this news only few minutes ago to the MDN news desk =)

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  2. Damn it ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />
    macrohard it was MY news and MY First Post!

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  3. 30″ Display is really cool even though I wont be able to afford it…

    But I am disappointed in dropping ADC, the new displays should support both ADC and DVI. ADC may be only for newer apples but it has its definite advantages mostly because one cable can handle power, the video, and two usb ports…

    Oh well cant win them all..

  4. ADC would have been great…if it was a standard. There was only a handful of companies that made products with ADC connectors. Hell, most of Apple’s product’s didn’t have ADC connectors.

  5. Hmm, will the new G5 no longer sport an ADC connector? If so,ATI/nVidia should give us Macheads a price break since the special adc connector was one of their excuse to jack up the price compared to the PC verson.

  6. I suppose that in the end it was not worth it to keep the excellent ADC connectors. Apple wants Windows users to buy their displays and the ADC connectors gave the incorrect impression that Apple Displays were for Mac-only.

    Here is an idea: what if Apple plans to continue using the ADC connectors with the next generation iMacs? Buyers could choose what size screen they want with their G5 iMacs. The simplicity of the ADC connector would fit well with the simplicity of the iMac.

  7. Although ADC is convenient I’m not too worried about its absence. If these things are for real, I’m pleased to see Apple have thought a little more about ergonmics and finally made their monitors height adjustable.

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