LG is going to be adding more shielding to its 5K UltraFine display following reports that Wi-Fi routers could knock out the picture.
Ina Fried, writing for recode:
My Wi-Fi router is nowhere near my LG display so I didn't experience this problem when working on my review. After reports surfaced, I moved the display next to the router and still didn't have the problem. So, I moved everything else out of the way, stuck the router right behind the display, and poof, picture gone.
As workarounds go, putting anything that's either shielded or composed of material that works as a shield is a temporary fix, though one that shouldn't be needed.
It's a baffling design error on LG's part and something Apple also should have caught before making it their defacto Thunderbolt display replacement.
I'm curious to see how this is handled. Will LG be mailing out shielding? Asking people to come to a service center?
In the wake of this issue many are again wondering out loud why Apple didn't make their own Thunderbolt display — one that presumably wouldn't have had this problem. As I've said before, I'd have greatly preferred that:
The engineering teams are working on more products than ever, though. Putting resources on behind getting their own displays out reduces the resources behind getting things like the Kaby Lake iMacs out. And people really want those new iMacs.
Still, it's issues like this that I hope encourages Apple to get back into the display business, late rather than never.
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On one hand, I understand the desire for Apple to build a 27" (or more) 5K monitor, on the other hand, if they did, could they price it below $2000?
I don't know, but they certainly would make sure it doesn't commit seppuku when next to a router.
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