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Apple Teamed Up with LG to Make the ‘Ultimate’ 5K Thunderbolt Display

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Apple’s new MacBook Pros feature a retina display Apple is calling their “best ever.” 67% brighter with a 67% higher contrast ratio and 25% more colors, it’s no slouch. But if you want the ultimate display experience for your new MacBook Pro you’ll have to buy… an LG monitor?

In a highly uncharacteristic move for such a proprietary company (and one that makes its own monitors), Apple has partnered with LG to create the so-called “ultimate docking station for the MacBook Pro.” It’s a 27-inch 5K display with built-in speakers, microphone, camera, and 3 extra USB-C ports that connects to (and simultaneously charges) your new MacBook Pro via a Thunderbolt 3 cable.

Meet the LG UltraFine 5K Display:

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There’s been no official confirmation as such, but some reports are claiming this LG UltraFine 5K Display takes the place of Apple’s discontinued Thunderbolt display.

And if the 27-inch display with its 5120 x 2880 resolution and 218 ppi is a bit too much monitor for you, there’s a 21.5-inch UltraFine 4K display as well. This one connects over USB-C—so it’ll work with older MacBook models, not just the new Thunderbolt 3 equipped MacBook Pros—and offers 4096 x 2304 of resolution at 219 ppi.

The 5K big boy won’t be available until December, and will run you $1,300 when it does ship. The 4K display is already available for pre-order, costs $700, and should ship sometime in November. To learn more, head over to the LG newsroom or watch yesterday’s Apple keynote here.

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