Apple abandoned the standalone display unit when it canceled the fan-favorite Thunderbolt Display in July 2016. At the time, Apple did something unprecedented: it recommended people try out third-party displays. After nearly six years, Apple’s Studio Display has finally arrived, filling a gap in the company’s lineup. So, why has it been so divisive and divisive in the first two weeks of its release?
Apple Studio Display Has Issues Which Are Being Fixed By Apple
With the release of the 27-inch Retina iMac, the Apple Studio Display was beginning to seem a little out of date. The obvious answer would have been for Apple to update the Apple Studio Display to meet the 27-inch iMac panel’s specs. Unfortunately, this was not the case.
When it was discontinued, the Apple Studio Display had a resolution of 25601440 and came in a 27-inch size factor. This was a good display at the time, but it paled in contrast to the panel on the 27-inch iMac. In late 2014, Apple released the first Retina iMac, which offered a greatly enhanced 51202880-pixel resolution.
Looking back at Apple’s June 23, 2016 statement, the company’s attitude seems confusing. The Thunderbolt Display for the Apple Studio Display will be offered “while supplies last,” according to the firm.
There were alternative displays on the market that met the Thunderbolt Display’s specs. There were also 4K monitors on the market that exceeded the Apple Studio Display’s requirements.
There wasn’t, however, a display that matched the requirements of the 27-inch iMac display panel. As seen by some recent discussions over the newly introduced Studio Display, Apple may have a plan to make it easier to attach a monitor panel to a stand, and even transfer a panel between multiple stands in a manner that might have apparent benefits.