What you need to know
- Apple has added the Thunderbolt Display to its vintage product list.
- The company is rumored to be releasing a new external monitor soon.
Apple's beloved Thunderbolt Display and original iPad Air are now considered vintage products.
As reported by MacRumors, Apple has added the 27-inch Thunderbolt Display to the company's list of "vintage" products. It is time - products that are not sold for around five years go onto the list and the Thunderbolt Display hasn't been sold in about that time. The original iPad Air and Apple Cinema Display are also now vintage products.
The 2013 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Pro models have also now been moved to the obsolete list, meaning they will no longer receive hardware or software support from Apple or its third-party authorized repair partners.
It's interesting to see the Thunderbolt Display join the vintage product list at this time since Apple is actually rumored to be working on a new external display that could see a debut sometime this year. The only external display that the company currently makes is the Pro Display XDR so a more consumer-friendly model would be a welcome sight.
According to a recent report from Bloomberg, the new monitor would be a more basic external display that doesn't have the brightness or contrast ratio featured in the company's high-end monitor.
It's currently unclear exactly when Apple may announce the new monitor. WWDC21 is right around the corner, but we're only expecting a new 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro at most at that event.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.