Ahead of Mac Pro debut, Apple now selling Sharp 4K IGZO LED display

“Ahead of this month’s debut of the revamped Mac Pro desktop, which can drive up to three 4K displays, Apple is selling a new 4K “Ultra HD” 32-inch LED IGZO monitor from manufacturer Sharp in its online store,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“The Sharp PN-K321 4K monitor is currently available in various Apple online stores across Europe for 3,999 euros [US$5477],” Hughes reports. “It’s also found in the U.K. store, but is not yet available in the U.S.”

“The 4K resolution monitor packs in so many pixels that it’s advertised to be able to view the content of four full-HD 1080p screens across a single display, all while reducing power with the use of IGZO technology.,” Hughes reports. “Availability of the 4K display through Apple comes as the company is preparing to launch a revamped cylindrical Mac Pro desktop this month. Apple has boasted that the computer, which will start at $2,999, will be capable of driving up to three 4K screens.”

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      1. Wrong, it is NEED for some of us.

        5 year spreadsheet projections are one place it makes work so much easier.

        The other is 3D CAD modeling for both parts and large assemblies.

        Tacking the Sharp onto the new MacPro is going to be one heck of a machine. Windows, Mac, Real Estate all in one small box … boy!

        1. AHA!
          There’s a notice box near the top of the ‘Price’ page:

          Please note the lower price for the Sharp 32″ PNK321 Ultra HD LED Monitor is $3,294.61

          This Item has a Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) restriction set by the Manufacturer / Distributor that limits how we can display our selling price. The price above is our actual selling price.

  1. All well and good, albeit pricey.

    But have we reached the saturation point yet?

    The human body can withstand only so much G- force, stomachs can hold a finite amount of food, so I have to wonder how much more the human eyeball will be able to process … and if it is worth it?

    1. Forgive the off-topic, but I’ve never quite understood why Thunderbolt hasn’t caught on more as a format for communicating with external hard drives. Isn’t it supposed to have faster throughput than, say, USB 3.0?

      1. 1) licensing cost
        2) relatively higher hardware cost – compounded by the low production rates of TB products versus USB
        3) TB is overkill for most users (no sense using a fast connection to plug in any old-school hard drive that can’t push data that fast)
        4) industrial inertia
        5) Many/most users don’t actually like bundling all things into one cable. For a lot of users, audio needs to go to an outboard amp, video needs to go in the opposite direction to the monitors/projector, data to discs should be as short as possible a run (preferably INSIDE the computer case), etc. Overpriced HDMI and Thunderbolt cables “solved” a problem that we didn’t have.
        6) HDCP — the elephant in the room that no one wants to admit.
        7) Intel and Apple are doing a shitty job educating people about Thunderbolt.

        Apple tied its Mac fortunes to the success of Thunderbolt, you’d think it’d be more aggressive in making people aware of its capability and selling as many TB accessories in Apple stores as possible. But since Cook left the retail division rudderless for a year, retail strategy hasn’t exactly been cutting edge. It’d be great to go to an Apple retail store and see amazing 3rd-party products, but as it is now, most Apple stores are 75% iGadgets and the teeny boppers are just there to play games on them. The one or two token Thunderbolt products are stuck on the bottom corner shelf out of sight, behind the Genius bar, with no hardware display showing it off at all.

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