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Stock shortage tips Sept 20 Apple Thunderbolt Display refresh

Stock shortage tips Sept 20 Apple Thunderbolt Display refresh

Apple's new iMac is reportedly waiting in the wings, but there are signs the company could also update its Thunderbolt Display alongside the all-in-one desktop. Stock shortages amongh UK retailers seemingly indicate that the standalone monitor may, like its iMac brethren, be due a refresh, though it's unclear how comprehensive an update that might be. One possibility, of course, is a Retina Display upgrade.

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Apple Thunderbolt Display revealed

Apple Thunderbolt Display revealed

It's not just a new MacBook Air and Mac mini fresh from Apple's Cupertino labs this morning. The company has also officially introduced its updated Apple Thunderbolt Display, now complete with a pair of Thunderbolt connections allowing for daisy-chaining of multiple displays from a single socket. Priced at $999, the new display is 27-inches and offers audio, gigabit ethernet, FireWire 800, USB 2.0 and Thunderbolt ports.

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Dear Apple, here’s what I want from the new Thunderbolt Display

Dear Apple, here’s what I want from the new Thunderbolt Display

The Apple Thunderbolt Display is long overdue a makeover. Revealed in July 2011, the 27-inch monitor has watched generations of MacBook come and go - and, until this year at least, the Mac Pro stagnate with no compatibility whatsoever - and, despite the iMac aesthetic it originally echoed being significantly upgraded last October, still languishes with its original design. Sometimes, with Apple, you have to be patient. The company has, for the most part, a yearly refresh cycle, but the Thunderbolt Display is (in tech terms) old. Still, that arguably just gives Apple the chance to do something particularly special with the new Thunderbolt Display - so here's my wish list.

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Apple now shipping different Thunderbolt Display SKU

Apple now shipping different Thunderbolt Display SKU

Apple has started shipping a different Thunderbolt Display SKU to its stores and Official Resellers. The new SKU is largely the same as the old one, which suggests that the differences between the two products aren't going to be very substantial. 9to5Mac discovered the change, pointing out that the Thunderbolt's SKU has been changed from MC914LL/A to MC914LL/B and noting that this switch is only a couple of days old.

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Apple Dock Connector update patent could enable USB 3.0, DisplayPort, maybe Thunderbolt

Apple Dock Connector update patent could enable USB 3.0, DisplayPort, maybe Thunderbolt

Apple has patented what could well be the next generation of Dock Connector for iOS devices, potentially including functionality like USB 3.0, DisplayPort and even ThunderBolt. The patent, "Reduced size multi-pin male plug connector", describes a connector that is either narrower or thinner, thanks to various combinations of chamfered, rearranged or otherwise tweaked contacts, and which are technically capable of carrying the signals required for the latest breed of high-speed data bus.

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Intel Thunderbolt 2 adds Networking for PC to PC connections

Intel Thunderbolt 2 adds Networking for PC to PC connections

Already released with OS X Mavericks for Apple computers, Thunderbolt Networking will be coming soon to the PC environment. Intel has made clear this week that they’re bringing full demonstrations of this tech to NAB 2014, so the update for cross-device functionality is certainly close at hand. This software update will bring PC to PC connections with Thunderbolt 2 as well as PC to Mac.

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micro-DisplayPort for 4K+ thinner phones and laptops in works for 2014

micro-DisplayPort for 4K+ thinner phones and laptops in works for 2014

Laptops could be getting smaller and smartphones gaining easier external display connectivity with the news of a new, more compact micro-DisplayPort connection in the works. Expected by VESA to be finalized as a standard by Q2 2014, the smaller port will be backward-compatible with existing DisplayPort and mini-DisplayPort devices, but still offer beyond-4K Ultra HD connectivity for phones, tablets, and ultraportables.

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