Apple has today started to take orders for their new 24″ LED Cinema Display. Shipping is stated to start sometime in November, and the screen is priced at $899. We have previously covered the announcement of the new displays and detailed their features.
This new device is the first display designed to make use of the new Mini DisplayPort currently only present in Apple’s notebook line. It sports Mini DisplayPort, USB and MagSafe connectors to really expand the experience of using a notebook. There’s also a built-in iSight camera, microphone, and speaker system that provide a “true desktop experience” — something not present on previous cinema displays. The addition of a notebook charging cable has been well received, and in-built DisplayPort may go some way to alleviate the problem with a shortage of converters.
Apple have been keen to promote the environmental aspects of the new displays (as heralded on the features page). Like many recent products, the display features mercury-free LED backlight technology and arsenic-free glass. The glass and aluminum construction make the display highly recyclable, so its raw materials can be used in other types of products. It receives a Gold rating from the EPEAT, and is Energy Star certified.
Many Apple users are hoping that the company has plans to introduce a 30″ counterpart to the new style display, but we’ll have to wait and see if this is announced in the future. It’s very unlikely to be before Christmas, as Apple has said publicly there will be no new hardware announcements until the New Year.
The new Cinema Display is selling for $899 and requires a MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro with a new Mini DisplayPort. Orders will presumably be shipped, as usual, on a first-come first-served basis.