Apple Announces New 24-inch LED Cinema Displays


Much to the delight of Cinema Display users of years past, today Apple announced their new 24-inch LED Cinema Displays that will be shipping in November for a smooth $899. For a normal display, even if it is 1920×1200 resolution, that is a lot of money.

Apple sweetens the deal by offering something closer to docking options. It is not the hoped-for slide-your-MacBook-into-the-side display that Tom wrote about yesterday, but it does offer some good features.

The LED backlight will provide higher contrast which leads to better colors. If you compare a MacBook Air screen to a screen from a MacBook that is a couple years old, you can see how much better the LED-backlit screens are. They are so vibrant and rich. The old cinema displays are pretty good, but these will be gorgeous.

First, it doubles as a three-port USB hub to help you have a clutter-free desktop. Second, it uses the new mini display port that Apple will include on all of their devices, which will make it very easy to connect any Apple computer to this display (the mini display port will allow connections of up to 30 inches). Though they didn’t announce it, I would assume that the Mac Pros and Mac Minis will soon be shipping with this new port as well, and Apple will probably still include adapters for VGA and DVI.

I think the best innovation for this display is the MagSafe connector for charging your notebook. This is my favorite feature because I hate taking out my power cord. I like to have one plugged in at my desk at work, and one at home at my desk so I don’t have to pack that extra accessory. With the longer battery life promised by the new notebooks, this is a very welcome addition, because you won’t need to take your power adapter to your display.

The other great features that many have been hoping to see for a long time are the built-in iSight and mic. When you plug in the USB cord, it will hopefully act like a second camera and microphone. The second microphone is not too big of a deal, but being able to switch on video calls between two cameras would be pretty neat. It also has stereo speakers built in, much like the iMac speakers.

It will be interesting to see whether these extra components play nice with the new notebooks. I think that this new Cinema Display is awesome, and way better than the previous version. It adds a lot of funtionality to the regular display setup. Who is going to buy one?


Richard Levy

Apple should not abandon photographers and graphics professionals who NEED the panel to be non-glossy and accurate (not over saturated and with an overdose of contrast). None of the professionals are trying to deny the average user their glossy screens that love with a passion. I am happy for them, happy they love the glossy units, and happy they will buy them. But let’s not forget that there are very specific reasons why some of us will not be happy with this new glossy glass screen. Apple, you shouldn’t forget this eaither. I would have bought a couple of MBPs when they came out, and a 17″ and am still in the market for a 30″ or maybe two of them. But not if they are glossy. Hope you are listening Apple.

As for the rest you who love this new beast. Go buy it. Just try to convince me that that’s its the cat’s pajamas. Wishing that Steve Jobs marketing team understood this whole debate a little better and wasn’t trying to pedal something to us that doesn’t suit our needs.


I’m a designer and I LOVE the glossy screens (like on the iMac) and am excited to see them making new stand-alone screens glossy as well – as I use two monitors and would like them to match. I also like the new design, and the black keys, and in fact, I want to buy a new one just because it looks so good.

I am concerned though, however, that this display appears only for use for laptops, and not really as a second screen on a macpro or imac. Is this the case?


I hate the new displays. First of all the aesthetics are bad. I still love the previous one. I also hate these displays because of reflection. They should have worked on upgrading the previous cinema displays with the non-glossy finish. they were much better off. i also hate the black keyboard. the new macbooks are no better than dell laptops. infact the dell ones are cheaper. the white macbook was the tradition and was really nice. i will not buy apple laptops until they get back to the beautiful aesthetics they once had. i guess apple has recruited some useless people in designing area who have produced such ludicrous ones. i am sure with a bad feedback from people apple will learn to make their stuff beautiful as well.


These are only for MBooks I’m assuming?
I looked to see if you could add them to the MacPro configure specs area on the website and it didnt seem to show them as useable for the MacPro’s.

I guess the Mini Display port connector means its for the laptop range.

Which is probably good since the gloss/glass screen is pretty bad for designers.


Beautiful design, but the glass has got me worried for color correction work and I absolutely hate that the new displays lack firewire 400 ports. Made for Macbooks, lacking for Mac Pro’s IMHO.

Tom Reestman

While it isn’t the slide-in dock, I think the features for the price of yesterday’s $899 model are pretty compelling.

I mean, first, this is an LED display. Then there are speakers, camera, mic, one cable, MagSafe, USB ports, and better specs on the monitor itself. That’s a whole lot of improvement for the same price as before.

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