Remember when Apple released the 27-inch iMac? Pricey, sure, but considering the extremely high quality (if plagued with production issues) display included, it really wasn’t such a bad deal. Now, the company is finally releasing that display as a standalone purchase.
It’s being claimed that Apple has been working on two new additions to its Apple Cinema Display line of sleep monitors – an improved 24-inch and the large 27-inch found previously on its flagship iMacs. Many have wondered when this display would find its way to release, especially since Dell has been selling a very similar model, if CCFL-backlit instead of LED, for some time.
Codenamed K59, Apple is apparently waiting to finalize production and release of the new display until after the price comes down a bit; those 27-inc 2560×1440 IPS panels don’t come cheaply, even for an OEM. Dell’s UltraSharp U2711 currently sells for $1099, so it’s interesting to speculate at what price Apple will inevitably sell their own version. With LED backlighting and an aluminum frame, it would make sense to sell it for more than the Dell. Considering that a full-on iMac costs just a few hundred more, however, Apple will need to walk a fine line when pricing it.