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Apple Launches First LED Backlit Cinema Display

Gordon Kelly


Apple Launches First LED Backlit Cinema Display

While laptops were the heart and soul of Apple's big launch tonight (all the details coming soon from Hugo) Steve Jobs did have one pleasant surprise for us in another product category...

In a long overdue move, the Cupertino based love it / hate it company has unveiled its first LED backlit monitor in the shape of a new flagship 24in model and it should have everything you'll need... maybe.

Ok, that's horribly cryptic but let's get the positives out the way first: superficially, it looks stunning as do most Apple products, tying in with the new Air-esque MacBook lines and it offers a 1,920 x 1,200 native resolution (as it jolly well should) along with integrated iSight camera and mic, stereo speakers, MagSafe charging connector, a 3x USB 3.0 hub and mini DisplayPort.

"The new LED Cinema Display is the most advanced display that Apple has ever made," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "It is a perfect fit for our sleek new line of aluminum (US-sic) MacBooks."

Well, yes it is but only in a typically Apple-ish way because - as you've probably spotted by now - the 24 incher doesn't sport HDMI, just like their new notebooks. Yep, for such a multimedia friendly display this really does seem a big miss but with Jobsy describing Blu-ray as "a bag of hurt" today (despite being an official BDA member) that doesn't look set to change any time soon - though adaptors will be made available.

The 24in 'LED Cinema Display' - to use its formal title - will go on sale from next month in the US with a reasonable-ish RRP of $899. As for we Brits, batten down the hatches, adopt the brace position and pray for the best as Apple prepares to put its notorious fickle currency converters into action...


Press Release


October 15, 2008, 12:40 am

No HDMI...are they mad. Still it looks great as do the new laptops. No Blu-Ray is odd for such an innovative company.


October 15, 2008, 12:56 am

Apple have priced it at &#163649 in the UK.


October 15, 2008, 1:36 am

Glossy screen?


October 15, 2008, 1:46 am

&#163649? Is that a wise rrp with current economic conditions?


October 15, 2008, 1:49 am

It's the Apple way or no way, as ever. Leaving out HDMI seems so short-sighted and well, stupid...


October 15, 2008, 2:46 am

dvi pwns hdmi any day, anyway... just use a converter, and live with it. if it were my choice i would only allow dvi (and d-sub adapters)


October 15, 2008, 2:57 am

needs to be HDCP compliant though...

Mike Dowler

October 15, 2008, 3:10 am

why does it need a magsafe power connector? It is not like you are going to be carrying a 24" screen around the room with you.... Or is it just a case of "Because we're Apple, and we can"?

Jack Kendall

October 15, 2008, 6:02 am

The magsafe connector is to power your new Macbook laptop. You plug the monitor, USB for the monitor's camera and mic and magsafe into your laptop.

All the new Macs from the iMac to the Macbook Air have had glossy screens, looks like the matte displays are joining the G5 in the Apple history book.


October 15, 2008, 6:15 am

"dvi pwns hdmi" ilovethemonkeyhead.

Both use TMDS to send 10-bit characters that are encoded using 8b/10b encoding for the Video Data Period i.e. they use the same video standards as each other. Which is why you can use simple pin converters between the two. However, I think leaving out HDMI makes sense. At best only 16:9 screens should have HDMI, and really you should be using a TV, not a monitor, for your AV needs.

@Mike Dowler

The MagSafe is to power your laptop so you don't need the charger, not to power the screen.


October 15, 2008, 1:54 pm

While I agree that most people won't NEED HDMI, there will always be some people that do use there PC setup for all their gaming and a lot of their AV stuff. To simply disregard this bracket is a bit shortsighted.


October 15, 2008, 5:25 pm

Can anyone give me reasons why I should buy this rather than the much cheaper Dell 2408WFP? Except for the looks obviously.


October 16, 2008, 2:06 am

They have left out the HDMI because that is what other companies use. Apple don't want equipment made by other companies being plugged into it and polluting the Mac-sphere. If they could get away with having proprietary connections I bet they would.


October 19, 2008, 2:37 pm

Whats all the fuzz about hdmi vs dvi? This screen hasn&#8217t got any o thoose. All you get with this screen is a Mini DisplayPort. All we ever wanted from the CinemaDisplay was added iSight and adjustable screen height. And this is what we get.. crap!

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