While Apple’s event today was heavily focused on the notebook side of their product line, they did take the wraps off a new display. The 24″ Apple Cinema Display sits neatly between the 23″ and 30″ models. Offering an LED backlighting system for the first time, the new Apple display brings a number of updates to the line, though unfortunately it looks as if Apple is intending this display for use with notebooks only at this point in time.
Currently, the new 24-inch model comes with a power cord and a multi-pronged cord for plugging into your Apple notebook, with a MagSafe end for powering the laptop, a mini-DisplayPort for video and a USB cord for powering the USB in the notebook. The USB cable also provides the computer with access to the monitor’s built-in iSight camera, microphone and speakers.
- 1920×1200 WUXGA resolution
- MagSafe connector for powering Apple notebooks
- mini-DisplayPort connector
- Three USB 2.0 ports
- Built-in iSight camera with embedded microphone
- Built-in stereo speakers
- -5 to 25 degree range of motion
- Arsenic, BFR and PVC free
- Energy Star and EPEAT-Gold certified
The new LED display will retail for $899, which is high when compared to the new Lenovo L2440x or similarly high-grade monitors from HP. If you have an Apple notebook, however, that extra cash will get you significant extra functionality over a non-Apple display. Furthermore, Apple has taken a lot of flak from environmental groups in recent years, and it shows in the ‘green’ status of the newest display. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the new Cinema Display can be connected to desktops currently (barring any hackery with mini-DisplayPort connectors) but hopefully that can be changed in the future with a simple cable change.