Apple Thunderbolt Display redesign coming soon?

January 15, 2013

Oh my! That Thunderbolt Display is looking awfully fat next to the recently updated iMac.

Don’t worry — there’s a good chance that popular (and expensive…) external display will be slimming down soon.

Reports out Monday say that Apple’s Thunderbolt Displays have been running significantly low at some third-party resellers, like MacMall and Amazon. According to AppleInsider, this could only mean one thing: Redesign!

At the very least, the Thunderbolt Display is in need of an upgrade to its MagSafe cable. Apple currently ships a MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter with every Thunderbolt Display to allow compatibility with the latest MacBooks.

But the Thunderbolt Display and its predecessor, the Cinema Display, have historically borrowed LCD technology from Apple’s all-in-one iMac lineup. And the iMac was recently redesigned with a reengineered display panel that is thinner and reduces glare by 75 percent.

Last month, Apple released its updated iMac, which caught many by surprise. It’s strikingly thin, after dropping its disc drive and slimming down on other components. It also included an updated option for hard drive called the Fusion Drive, which is a hybrid  between a solid-state drive and a traditional spinning drive.

The 27-inch Thunderbolt Display sells for $999.

Graphic designers on the go love the Thunderbolt display, as they work on their Macbook Pro (or Air…) while traveling, then plug in instantly to the display when back at their office.

Will we see updated sizes? Maybe a 21-inch version of the display? It would look pretty cute with an 11-inch MacBook Air.

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