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Apple on Friday made its 27-inch LED Cinema Display, packing a 2,560-by-1,440 pixel resolution and 178-degree viewing angle, available for sale in its online store for $999.

First announced in late July, the 27-inch flat panel screen was set to ship in September. Now available for purchase, the Apple LED Cinema Display is set to ship for buyers in one to two weeks.

In addition to LED backlighting for instant-on brightness, the new 27-inch display features a universal MagSafe connector that charges a user's notebook. It also packs a Mini DisplayPort cable for connectivity, and three USB 2.0 ports.

Apple's latest LED panel includes an iSight camera, microphone, and 49-watt speaker system. Made of aluminum and glass, it is compatible with Apple's line of Mac desktop computers that have a Min DisplayPort, including the Mac Pro, Mac mini and iMac.

The new LED Cinema Display now also includes a new ambient light sensor which automatically adjusts the display brightness based on external lighting conditions and uses only as much energy as necessary to provide an optimum viewing experience.

It also takes advantage of in-plane switching (IPS) technology to allow the accurate display of colors across a wide 178-degree viewing angle. The 16:9 edge-to-edge glass display sits on an aluminum stand with an adjustable hinge.



AppleInsider was first to report on Apple's plans to introduce the 27-inch Cinema Display back in March. Earlier this week, Apple made adjustments to its online store that implied the new flat panel display was prepared to ship soon.

The previous-generation 24-inch and 30-inch Cinema Display models will be available only as supplies last, making the 27-inch model the only current-generation display offered by Apple.
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1st biatches...booyakasha.

Definitely going to the apple store to take a look at them. I have seen the Samsung LED TVs which I think look spectacular so curious how the apple LED displays look.
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1st biatches...booyakasha.

We... don't do that here. We're not children.

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Definitely going to the apple store to take a look at them. I have seen the Samsung LED TVs which I think look spectacular so curious how the apple LED displays look.

Likely the same as the 27" iMac and the 24" LED Cinema Display, if you've ever seen either of those.

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1st biatches...booyakasha

*sigh*

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making the 27-inch model the only current-generation display offered by Apple.

Does it replace the still-newish but smaller LED cinema display then?

On another note, how long is apple going to wait before they update iChat to FaceTime for Mac? Would be good marketing for this with a mini/pro and the iMacs/MacBooks.
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I wonder if it's USB ports can supply a full charge to the iPad?

Does anyone make an anti-glare film for this?
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*how long is apple going to wait before they update iChat to FaceTime for Mac? Would be good marketing for this with a mini/pro and the iMacs/MacBooks.


My marketing spidey-sense says:

1st: iPhone Only -- If you want FaceTime you have to buy an iPhone.

2nd: iPod touch -- If the iPhone didn't get you, if you want FaceTime you have to buy an iPod.

3rd: iPad II -- If iPhone/iPad didn't get you, if you want FaceTime you have to buy an(other) iPad.

4th: Mac -- If you want FaceTime on your computer, you have to buy a Mac.

5th: PC -- Okay, holdouts. Here's FaceTime for you, too. (By then you may be asked to subscribe to the cloud to get the full Mac treatment of FaceTime, along with the Cloud apps that are surely coming with Clouded Leopard and NC Server Farm.)
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Does it replace the still-newish but smaller LED cinema display then?

Yep, the 24" and the 30" are both officially discontinued. They're not available for purchase in the Store anymore.

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I thought this would be a great TV replacement (for me) in the livingroom. Just put the 27" there and connect and ATV. Stream all films there, watch series, fotos, etc. - just how do I connect the ATV to it? No HDMI in ... don't understand this.
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Bloody hell, £899 for us brits for the many Americans on the forum that's only $1407 (Inc Tax/Vat). I know Apple put's a mark up on it's overseas operation but this is wrong!

Just decided to edit this comment, now that I have calmed down.... a bit. I had expected a mark up, if they had charged us £799 representing a $80 mark up I'd have understood, petrol costs more and I don't know maybe it's further for the boat from China to reach the UK rather than the US (insert sarcasm here).

I've waited months for this display to go with my MacBook Pro, I'm a loyal Apple consumer. I just hate the way Apple makes anyone outside of the US bend over and take it like a bitch with regards to their pricing. :-(
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Only Apple could get away with charging a thousand bucks for a monitor and not even give you a matte option. Maybe it is made in the USA?

Spend the extra seven hundred and get an iMac. Then use it in a pitch dark room.
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1st biatches...booyakasha.

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We... don't do that here. We're not children.

Apparently you haven't been reading many threads here in the past year.
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Only Apple could get away with charging a thousand bucks for a monitor and not even give you a matte option. Maybe it is made in the USA?

Spend the extra seven hundred and get an iMac. Then use it in a pitch dark room.

So spend nearly double and get a computer? What a bizarre piece of logic.

Why would you use it in a pitch dark room? I'm sat typing this on a 27" iMac - no glare, no reflection. No need for a matte option. I used to hate my matte apple displays - they just 'whited out' in direct sunlight. Not so the glass option i now use.

Calibrating this was easy as hell and the colours much truer and richer than they ever appeared on my previous matte (apple) displays.
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1st biatches...booyakasha.

That must be really embarrassing for you in retrospect, huh?
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Bloody hell, £899 for us brits for the many Americans on the forum that's only $1407 (Inc Tax/Vat). I know Apple put's a mark up on it's overseas operation but this is wrong!

Just decided to edit this comment, now that I have calmed down.... a bit. I had expected a mark up, if they had charged us £799 representing a $80 mark up I'd have understood, petrol costs more and I don't know maybe it's further for the boat from China to reach the UK rather than the US (insert sarcasm here).

I've waited months for this display to go with my MacBook Pro, I'm a loyal Apple consumer. I just hate the way Apple makes anyone outside of the US bend over and take it like a bitch with regards to their pricing. :-(

That's simply not true. Add VAT, use the commercial (not consumer) exchange rate and allow 5 - 10% import duty and the price difference is negligible.
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I thought this would be a great TV replacement (for me) in the livingroom. Just put the 27" there and connect and ATV. Stream all films there, watch series, fotos, etc. - just how do I connect the ATV to it? No HDMI in ... don't understand this.

Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cable?
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I just hate the way Apple makes anyone outside of the US bend over and take it like a bitch with regards to their pricing. :-(

What world do you come from
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Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cable?

Is this an Apple-like option? Putting another cable between the Apple screen and Apple TV?
Otherwise - yes, that's an option. But not a consumer and 'pushing the ATV' option. And not an option I find attractive.
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No glare. I don't understand those who assume a glossy screen is worse for viewing than a matte screen. Direct sunlight on either poses problems - white out your matt screen, turn the gloss screen into a mirror when looking at darker images. and NO the images have not been doctored or edited in any way.
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Is this an Apple-like option? Putting another cable between the Apple screen and Apple TV?
Otherwise - yes, that's an option. But not a consumer and 'pushing the ATV' option. And not an option I find attractive.

The apple TV is designed to accompany your home screen, that's where it's being pushed. Why watch apple tv on a thousand dollar 27" inch screen when you can watch it on the 40" $500 screen you already own? And yes, this is very apple like - RGB/Component/DVI cable adapters have often been provided, i remember an old iMac coming with a display port to RGB adapter...
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I wonder if it's USB ports can supply a full charge to the iPad?

Does anyone make an anti-glare film for this?

Do you realize that there is a difference between glare and reflection?

In either case, decreasing or eliminating either is a matter of adjusting the physical position/angle of the light source, brightness levels and/screen or the person sitting in front of it. Notice that most studio work is done in 'darker' rooms, and if anything, monitors are place facing away from windows or the main light come from behind them.

Interesting that so many professional studios, are using the 'glossy' iMac, MacBooks and Apple LED Cinema Displays. This is especially evident on Apple's Mac in Action Profiles.

In any event, overlaying an anti-glare/matte film, which are readily available is an easy option. Its main advantage it that it is reversible, i.e., it can be removed, thus enjoying the richer colors and deeper blacks that glossy screens deliver.

What is quite evident is that most people have never really seen the backlit LED LCDs in action. Unfortunately, Apple doesn't display theirs in 'special' viewing rooms as does SONY, BestBuy, Future Shop, high end audio/video stores, etc.

And if glare and reflection were so onerous, pity the new car salesman having to work in such an environment.
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So spend nearly double and get a computer? What a bizarre piece of logic.

Your spell check is turned off. You meant to say "brilliant piece of logic." And thank you for the compliment.
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That's simply not true. Add VAT, use the commercial (not consumer) exchange rate and allow 5 - 10% import duty and the price difference is negligible.

I think you're forgetting that these monitors are being made in China. Import duty applies to both the US and Europe.
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What world do you come from

Sounds like he lives in the real world. Come on Apple heads! A thousand bucks for a monitor??
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No glare. I don't understand those who assume a glossy screen is worse for viewing than a matte screen. Direct sunlight on either poses problems - white out your matt screen, turn the gloss screen into a mirror when looking at darker images. and NO the images have not been doctored or edited in any way.

OMG! You do live in your Mother's attic!
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Why would you use it in a pitch dark room? I'm sat typing this on a 27" iMac - no glare, no reflection. No need for a matte option. I used to hate my matte apple displays - they just 'whited out' in direct sunlight. Not so the glass option i now use.

Calibrating this was easy as hell and the colours much truer and richer than they ever appeared on my previous matte (apple) displays.

No reflection? Really? You can't see yourself behind my words of truth? Perhaps you could go into the settings and turn off the reality distortion field.

Colours are truer? Really? Then why do professional photographers everywhere dislike glossy screens? So much so that Apple relented and returned Matte options on the MacBook Pro?

Gotta be a reason. Look a little deeper.
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That must be really embarrassing for you in retrospect, huh?

He probably won't notice that he's actually #2 lol
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Cool, but I don't think many are going to plunk down a grand for a display. Offer a 21.5" model and its a deal.
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OMG! You do live in your Mother's attic!

Nope, it's a very large penthouse apartment actually. This is just the corner of my den,
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I think you're forgetting that these monitors are being made in China. Import duty applies to both the US and Europe.

actually, check your facts as regards importing components and assembled units - and the rates charged by the US as opposed to the UK.
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No reflection? Really? You can't see yourself behind my words of truth? Perhaps you could go into the settings and turn off the reality distortion field.

Colours are truer? Really? Then why do professional photographers everywhere dislike glossy screens? So much so that Apple relented and returned Matte options on the MacBook Pro?

Gotta be a reason. Look a little deeper.

I've posted the photo, see for yourself. The reason is that glossy displays look better and are much more usable outside than matte screens.

ps. I run a professional design house which employs pro photographers and designers, and all prefer the glossy screen. Our calibration company also much prefer them.
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I've waited months for this display to go with my MacBook Pro, I'm a loyal Apple consumer. I just hate the way Apple makes anyone outside of the US bend over and take it like a bitch with regards to their pricing. :-(

I'm curious how much you pay for milk, in pounds? A pound of hamburger? A can of Coke in a typical vending machine?
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Nope, it's a very large penthouse apartment actually. This is just the corner of my den,

Okay, thought I had you there. Very nice place and I like the iMac. Makes my old white plastic one look twenty years old. Can't justify a new one while this one still works.
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The reason is that glossy displays look better and are much more usable outside than matte screens.

I dunno about the outside business. I saw a Kindle commercial making fun of Apple yesterday.
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I'm curious how much you pay for milk, in pounds? A pound of hamburger? A can of Coke in a typical vending machine?

Well a can of coke in my works vending machine is 60p so around 93cents. A medium big Mac meal is about $5.50
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No glare. I don't understand those who assume a glossy screen is worse for viewing than a matte screen.

They fall into 2 camps:

1. Those who have never used one but are just looking for something to complain about.

2. Those who are psychologically hung up on the "glossy screen issue" to the point where it becomes a real problem for them because they spend more time looking for reflections on their screen than getting work done.


I was a bit worried about the "glossy screen issue" before getting a 27" iMac, but, it's so completely a non-issue for me, without even bothering to worry about lighting, and the image is so much better than any other screen I've used or seen.
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In addition to LED backlighting for instant-on brightness, the new 27-inch display features a universal MagSafe connector that charges a user's notebook. It also packs a Mini DisplayPort cable for connectivity, and three USB 2.0 ports.

Apple's latest LED panel includes an iSight camera, microphone, and 49-watt speaker system. Made of aluminum and glass, it is compatible with Apple's line of Mac desktop computers that have a Min DisplayPort, including the Mac Pro, Mac mini and iMac.

The description says that the current MacPro and Mac Mini can access the camera and microphone (and presumably any other USB devices attached) with just the mini display port connection. See the section titled, "Built-In Conveniences".
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He probably won't notice that he's actually #2 lol


Darn, I thought the 1st post would win the actual product but alas I guess not. The other "me first" posts were only from children, like myself.

I meant 1st to post but I'm sure you knew that.

I am embarrassed that I did not know the new Imac's were LED. For some reason, I still thought they were LCD. Beautiful, the gloss does not phase me one bit.
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I dunno about the outside business. I saw a Kindle commercial making fun of Apple yesterday.

Kindle doesn't have a matte colour display, it uses 'eInk" or whatever it's called. A matte macbook, such as the ones of 6/7 years ago was completely unusable outside, direct sunlight left the panel completely "whited out", nothing to see at all, at least with the glossy display outside a little manoeuvring/repositioning and the issue can be minimised.
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Kindle doesn't have a matte colour display, it uses 'eInk" or whatever it's called. A matte macbook, such as the ones of 6/7 years ago was completely unusable outside, direct sunlight left the panel completely "whited out", nothing to see at all, at least with the glossy display outside a little manoeuvring/repositioning and the issue can be minimised.

Okay, it's my turn now:

I have an older MacBook pro with a matte screen and I have absolutely no problems with it outside. Not one single solitary problem. My pictures look spectacular, awesome and magical.
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They fall into 2 camps:

Actually there is a third camp. It's called the "For a thousand dollars, how about giving me a choice" camp.

There is also the "whatever Steve Jobs thinks is best" camp which I refuse to join.

You know, you people really are ridiculous, if the moderator doesn't mind my saying so. I think you just take the opposite side to whatever anyone else says.

Why can't you just say "Yeah, for a thousand bucks, which is twice as much as a flat screen TV by the way, they could please all their customers and give them a choice instead of forcing them to do business their way or not at all because I am Steve Jobs and I steer the monitor business."

Why can't you say that? Oh yes, then you will have to admit you paid too much for a device or a product that wasn't really what you wanted.
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