Apple upgrades 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display

“Even after winning a shootout between the Apple Cinema Display and the Dell UltraSharp 3007WFP from CNET, it has come to our attention that Apple has quietly boosted the specifications of the newly-crowned champ even further. The Cinema Display’s brightness, which was originally 270 cd/m2, has now been upgraded to 400 cd/2. The screen’s contrast ratio has also been bumped up from 400:1 to 700:1,” Herschell Taghap reports for Ars Technica.

The 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display remains US$2499. More info here.

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12 Comments

  1. A little off topic, but I just bought the 23″ Cinema Display and I’ve got the brightness turned about a 1/3 of the way up. That display is very bright.

    On a side note, only 55% of Americans know that the sun is a star…

  2. Apple is simultaneously MOVING towards the entry level PC consumer and servicing the high end pros. Nice!

    Anyone in the graphic design industry that can shed some light on this upgrade? How significant is it? Will it make a difference when you see one (or two) of these monitors hooked up to a Power Mac at the local Apple Store?

  3. I wanted one of these suckers ever since I used my friends.

    I’m not a designer or content creator, so I could never imagine needing all of that screen real estate.

    But it’s funny how you quickly use the space.

    This bump is tempting, but I’ve got to believe there is a revision coming with built-in iSights. Maybe I am wrong since Apple wants the revenue and it’s less important to built in when it is not portable (although I could do without the visual overhead.)

    I will continue to wait, mostly because I really don’t need the bigger screen.

    But that does not change the fact that this is a great update, and I FU to Dell and their ugly knock-off.

  4. ::DROOL:::::: Some day I will have one, someday. @ school I get a chance to work on two 23″ displays hooked up to a powermac which kicks ass. Having a 30″ like that what else would you need. I would center the room around thing.

  5. Here is the problem.
    If, like Dell, Apple is increasing the brightness of the LCD by increasing the brightness of the lamps they are not doing artists or color sensitive people any favors.
    The Dell monitor is completely unsuited for photo or video or color correction work because it is totally blown out. If Apple is doing this to compete on the lumens scale for some short term braggin rights then this is a huge mistake.

  6. bwhaler:

    Interesting point dude, but I can’t imagine Apple putting an isight in a large screen – it would need to be maount on an internal ball so you could angle it correctly without moving the screen.

    I wouldn’t even want one in my 23. I am happy with the separate iSight though.

  7. i rather like the external isight. it’s damn near perfect. great pick up, work amazingly well in low lighting. if you don’t have one get one before they’re phased out. i’ve used it to film projects directly into imovie on a tripod, hand held, suspended. can’t do that with an installed isight. as long as the cinema display doesn’t have on on board they’ll keep producing the external.

    mw “keep” as in keep the original isight alive!!!

  8. “If, like Dell, Apple is increasing the brightness of the LCD by increasing the brightness of the lamps they are not doing artists or color sensitive people any favors.
    The Dell monitor is completely unsuited for photo or video or color correction work because it is totally blown out. If Apple is doing this to compete on the lumens scale for some short term braggin rights then this is a huge mistake.”

    SERIOUS POINT. Well taken.

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