Mystery 23.7-inch LG UltraFine display surfaces at Apple Store

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in General Discussion edited May 20
An unannounced LG monitor has made an unexpected appearance at retail, with the discovery of the 23.7-inch LG UltraFine Display recently acquired from an Apple Store suggesting the new Mac display may receive a full formal launch in the near future.

The 23.7-inch LG UltraFine display, via TidBits
The 23.7-inch LG UltraFine display, via TidBits


Apple as been seemingly cutting out its stocks of LG UltraFine displays at retail, with both the UltraFine 5K unavailable both online and offline, while the UltraFine 4K was effectively discontinued. While speculation suggests a replacement from Apple itself could arrive in the form of a professional-grade monitor, it is also possible Apple could start selling other models in the UltraFine range at the same time.

According to a report of one Apple Store shopping trip by TidBits, the retail outlet was selling a 23.7-inch version of the LG UltraFine Display, one which is relatively unknown about considering the existence of the 5K and 4K models. At the store, one Apple employee recommended the 23.7-inch model instead of the 21.5-inch now-discontinued version, if only because it was bigger and sold for the same price.

Research at another Apple Store indicates the monitor is being actively sold, but remains unknown at retail, with another employee acknowledging the SKU for the display exists, but he had not been made aware of its existence via official channels.

There are also relatively few references to the monitor or its model number 24MD4KL online, with those found including an Energy Star certification and an FCC listing. AppleInsider's research turned up an Italian product support page for a monitor with the model number 24MD4KL-B, which is believed to be the exact same monitor as the new discovery, except a regional variation.

According to the manual on that page, the screen is an LCD version with a maximum resolution of 3840 by 2160 pixels at 60Hz. TidBits however reports the screen as having a native resolution of 3360 by 1890, lower than the manual claims, which could either be a sign of the manual being for a completely different model or the need for settings to be refined for the monitor to work at the proper resolution.

On the rear are two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one more than the 21.5-inch version, alongside three USB-C ports for expansion, but otherwise it appears to be similar in terms of styling and functionality as the other two displays.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    dougddougd Posts: 255member
    And why aren't you listing the price???
    razorpitdysamoria
  • Reply 2 of 8
    24 inch monitors in 4K are really too small. World has moved to 27 inch and now even 32 inch monitors. Please do not try to limit screen dektop display space and then keep that foolish idea of one screen applications that for mobile devices (not for desktops with large displays or multi-display setups).
    razorpit
  • Reply 3 of 8
    dougd said:
    And why aren't you listing the price???
    Because it costs the same as the 21.5” model, as stated in the article....
    chasm
  • Reply 4 of 8
    dysamoriadysamoria Posts: 2,199member
    dougd said:
    And why aren't you listing the price???
    Because it costs the same as the 21.5” model, as stated in the article....
    Oh. So... What’s that price?
  • Reply 5 of 8
    mpantonempantone Posts: 1,388member
    Another Apple rumor site (which shall remain anonymous) writes $700.

    I cannot vouch for the accuracy of anything from that site.
  • Reply 6 of 8
    neilmneilm Posts: 618member

    According to the manual on that page, the screen is an LCD version with a maximum resolution of 3840 by 2160 pixels at 60Hz. TidBits however reports the screen as having a native resolution of 3360 by 1890, lower than the manual claims, which could either be a sign of the manual being for a completely different model or the need for settings to be refined for the monitor to work at the proper resolution.
    3380 by 2160 would be a 16:10 aspect ratio, while 3360 by 1890 would be 16:9. The extra height makes an aspect ratio of 16:10 desirable for work purposes, especially in 24" and smaller display sizes, but the majority of monitors on the market are only 16:9. Once you get up to 27" and larger there's enough screen real estate to work with that it doesn't matter so much.

    Apple is one of the few manufacturers whose laptops are 16:10.

    maciekskontakt said:
    24 inch monitors in 4K are really too small. 
    24" monitors are too small for some purposes, but not for others (e.g. laptops), and that has nothing to do with their being 4K or not. Apple offers excellent scaling capabilities to allow the choice of showing more stuff at smaller sizes or less stuff at bigger sizes. I'm typing this on the 4K LG/Apple 21.5" display with its native 2560 by 1440 scaled to look like 2048 by 1152.
  • Reply 7 of 8
    tyler82tyler82 Posts: 867member
    Love my Ultrafine 5k display
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