Apple exits external display biz, worked closely with LG to create external displays for its new MacBook Pros

“The shedding of various other ports in favor of ThunderBolt 3 ubiquity will no doubt be one of the biggest pain points for many when it comes to upgrading to the new MacBooks,” Brian Heater reports for TechCrunch. “Though the new ports do have benefits. Take the fact that the 15-inch version is capable of powering up to four 4K displays simultaneously.”

“The company was happy to show off that functionality on stage yesterday, but interestingly enough, the company enlisted another hardware maker to help out, rather than going it alone,” Heater reports. “Apple says it’s been working closely with LG to create a pair of monitors designed with the new MacBooks in mind.”

Heater reports, “LG’s 27-inch UltraFine 5K (5120 x 2880) and 21.5-inch UltraFine 4K (4096 x 2304) displays will be stepping to fill in the void left by Apple’s proprietary Thunderbolt screens.”

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Jeff Benjamin reports for 9to5Mac, “Apple is reportedly out of the standalone display business for good, according to The Verge’s Nilay Patel.”

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MacDailyNews Take: ThunderBolt 3 is one port to rule them all. Welcome to the future.

LG Electronics’ press release, verbatim:


LG Electronics (LG) is introducing two new displays designed specifically to integrate seamlessly with the newest MacBook and MacBook Pro models. The new UltraFine™ 27-inch 5K display and its 21.5-inch 4K display from LG are ideal for creating an expanded work space in the home or office and the perfect complement for MacBook and MacBook Pro users who desire expansive, high-quality resolution at all times.

27-Inch UltraFine 5K Monitor with Thunderbolt 3

Designed and optimized for the new MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3 running macOS 10.12 and later, the stunning 27-inch UltraFine 5K display appeals to a range of creatives, including video and photography professionals. With a breathtaking resolution of 5120 x 2880 and 218 pixels per inch (ppi), the color reproduction capabilities of the UltraFine 5K display allow it to cover 99 percent of the P3 color space. What’s more, the monitor’s advanced IPS display technology minimizes color shift and color loss from any viewing angle, ensuring that users see the original content as it was meant to be seen.

As the world’s first 5K display with Thunderbolt 3, LG’s UltraFine 5K display has the capability to receive and transfer 5K video, audio and data from the new MacBook Pro while simultaneously charging it through a single Thunderbolt 3 cable. The UltraFine 5K display features three downstream USB Type-C ports for additional connectivity and power with compatible accessories. Seamless macOS integration enables brightness and volume control like built-in display without the need for physical buttons on the display.

The front-facing camera and microphone works with FaceTime and high fidelity integrated speakers enhanced by LG’s Rich Bass feature completes the multimedia experience while a height and tilt-adjustable stand maximizes user comfort.

21.5-Inch UltraFine 4K Monitor

With a density of 219ppi that gives this display the ability to present sharp 4K resolution (4096 x 2304) image quality, the UltraFine 4K display is the perfect companion for the MacBook while also supporting the new MacBook Pro. The 21.5-inch model covers 99 percent of the P3 spectrum, boasting vibrant brightness levels and an IPS panel capable of providing more uniform color expression. Featuring USB Type-C connectivity for video, data and power over a single cable and macOS integration for display control, the LG UltraFine 4K display offers three downstream USB Type-C slots, a high-quality Rich Bass Speaker and an adjustable stand for enhanced ergonomics.

“We are excited to be introducing two highly advanced displays capable of meeting the needs of even the most demanding Mac users,” said Brian Kwon, president of LG Home Entertainment Company “Not only do these UltraFine displays offer stunning picture quality, they will usher in a new age of connectivity, helping creative users achieve optimal efficiency in their homes, studios or offices.”

The LG 21.5-inch UltraFine 4K display will be available starting in November while the LG 27-inch UltraFine 5K model will be available in early December starting in the United States. Please visit for more information on LG UltraFine displays and details on pre-ordering the 21.5-inch 4K monitor.

Source: LG Electronics


  1. Pathetic is the only word I can think of regarding promoting a 3rd party monitor that has absolutely no aesthetics even close to what Apple promotes. And Cook asks why anyone would want a computer anymore. Is he totally clueless? Those toys called iPads do not allow anywhere near the creative power many of us require. A $2500 MBP with a $1200 monitor is not what a lot of use need Mr. Clueless – we need new Mac desktops, not your insular view of what the world should look like. Again how pathetic!

  2. I love the Mac mini…have two of them….they need to make another one where the user can replace internals like the late 2012’s I have….16GB of Ram and a SSD they are smoking fast and can drive my 75″ 4K Sony with ease! The last ones they made could not be user serviceable …a complete waste!…that is of course if you don’t like soldering RAM Chips….who would?

  3. Tim Cook is destroying Apple.

    Apple Maps
    iPhone 5 and 5s refusal to go big on displays giving Samsung a 2 year advantage
    Ignoring SIRI and wasting 5 year advantage and giving to Google AMD Amazon
    Ignoring the Mac Pro customer. They now own door stops. Very expensive door stops. Thanks Tim
    Ignoring the MacPro line for years. Only to replace with an Emoji Strip. 4 years of R&D
    Ignoring the Apple TV. Only to come out with a NON 4K version 2x+ google and Amazon offerings
    No streaming service. Once again Apple first to allow rent and watch movie. Years before Netflix
    4 years late on music streaming subpar product at best
    Hints at Skinny bundle for years. Failure
    Cloud services- 4 years behind Google. Prices ridiculous. Subpar
    Watch- compromised product. Watch 2 still not a stand alone
    HomeKit. Disaster Tim Cook refuses to make best of breed products to show industry how to do it right
    Apple trades at the cheapest discount to market on 20 years.
    No branded displays. Pathetic
    Future of TV is apps. What a joke

    He needs to go now

  4. I guess this is goodbye to the Pro! No way would apple let a Pro depend on using a third party screen, it contradicts apples obsession with holistic design from the cpu itself down to cables and peripherals.

  5. Can Innovate My Ass

    You’d think with all that R&D money, Apple could afford to build a better display themselves, not rely on LG to do the job. Gee, why don’t they have LG make phones for them, too?

  6. I don’t have an issue with Apple passing on the display business. But this display should have taken some queues from the Thunderbolt Display. It should connect the the MacBook Pro Via USB-C, but on the back it should have FW800, USB Type 1, Ethernet, Headphone. They should be closer the the bottom and centre. Or at lease they should come with a bag of dongles. and at $1299 they cost almost as much as a 27″ iMac 5K that sells for $1799.

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