LG Ultrafine 4kSource: iMore

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  • Apple appears to have pulled its LG UltraFine 4K display from its online store across Europe.

A new report suggests Apple may have pulled the LG UltraFine 4K display from its online stores in various European countries.

From MacRumors:

LG's UltraFine 4K Display listing appears to have been removed from regional Apple Stores across Europe sometime over the last 48 hours.

The LG monitor was out of stock for quite some time in Europe over the holiday period. Now it no longer shows up in searches of Apple's online stores in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and several other European countries.

As the report notes, the 5K UltraFine display is still available for purchase in a couple of stores such as the UK and Italy. Both the 4K and 5K options are available to buy in the United States. MacRumors notes that the monitor has been out of stock before for long periods, but has never been removed from store listings before.

A report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman last week claimed that Apple is working on a new display to replace the Thunderbolt Display, which was discontinued in 2016. From the report:

The $4999 Apple Pro Display XDR is out of the range of most people, but the now-discontinued $999 Thunderbolt Display was a different story. Bloomberg says we're going to get something to replace the display that was killed off in 2016.

The cheaper monitor would feature a screen geared more for consumer than professional use and wouldn't have the brightness and contrast ratio of the top-tier offering. Apple last launched a consumer-grade monitor called the Thunderbolt Display in 2011 for $999 but discontinued it in 2016.

There is no mention of any timeframes for any of these releases, unfortunately, but it isn't expected that they'll all arrive this year due to some being in the "early development" stage.