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Goodbye, 20″ Cinema Display. No Hello, 20″ LED Cinema Display?


Another one bites the dust. Another in Apple’s (s aapl) line of Cinema Displays, that is.

Apple pulled the 20″ entry-level model of their popular professional caliber display line Thursday, leaving behind only the legacy 30″ model and the 24″ newly updated LED Cinema Display with DisplayPort that was introduced alongside the new unibody MacBooks and MacBook Pros at the notebook event late last year.

Last time a model was pulled, its replacement was already available, since it was the mid-range 23″ display and the 24″ had already been announced and was available via the Apple Store. The discontinuation of the 20″ leaves a significant hole in the existing line-up, since the mid-range 24″ display is a full $200 more expensive than its smaller sibling. Curiously, AppleInsider is also reporting that all backlogs are to be cancelled and that no replacement is to be offered to fill those orders already existing.

It seems an odd move for Apple to leave such a gap in their offerings, and most retailers suspect that a refreshed model will be made available soon. If we look at the 24″ for cues, it’s reasonably safe to say that the new model would use MiniDisplay Port for video connectivity, and might offer power supply and USB hub functions as well. Suddenly those $400-range used 20″ Cinema Displays I found on craigslist the other day are looking mighty appealing, since all of my existing Apple computers still use the mini-DVI standard. Yes, I’m living in the past.

As of yet, there is no way for Apple users with Mini-DVI connected hardware to hook up with the new 24″ display, and presumably with any other forthcoming devices that will use DisplayPort tech. I think I’m gonna go inquire to that craigslist poster after all, before he realizes what he’s got his hands on and the price gouging starts.

9 Responses to “Goodbye, 20″ Cinema Display. No Hello, 20″ LED Cinema Display?”

  1. @guy I can’t, sadly, but I can point you to a man who could do a review (but I won’t for now because I work with him). Apple’s displays weren’t as good as you’d think for the money, being blown away by NEC and a multitude of other brands at the high end.

  2. Can anyone direct me to a review / comparison of cinema display – grade displays that could be considered a worthy replacement?

    I want to get a 20″ LCD but the cinema display is just too expensive. Also heard some good things about some NEC models. Anyone?

  3. @jad So what you are saying then is that you took a number of biased, unreliable sources and mashed them together before pulling a number out the air

    Additionally, the reseller/IT consultancy I work for has delivered many previous generation MacBook Pro’s to clients who work in the kinds of spaces that generally tend to bitch and moan about the topic; graphic arts and video production. Many of those opted for matte originally because it’s what they knew, it’s what they read was the safer bet. All of them are excited to move to the glossy models on their next upgrade since they saw ours, and quite a few already have.

    Perhaps the arrogance is in the belief that the vocal are always right?

  4. Matt Holt, do a google search for:

    matte glossy poll iMac
    matte glossy poll MacBook

    You’ll find the results of many online polls. Compile the results, as I did, and you’ll find that the average is about 40%.

    Anemically, the person at the local Apple store told me that, in the former MacBook Pro’s that were available in both matte and gloss, it was about 40%.

    Therefore, it is total rubbish that Apple (a.k.a SJ) asserts that “most” people want glossy screens. Yes, 60% does comprise “most”, but 40% matte-lovers is nothing to thumb their noses at, as Apple has done with the iMac, and now the MacBook Pro 15″. One can only hope that the willingness to offer the anti-glare option in the MBP 17″ indicates that Apple has relented from its arrogance.

  5. @jad where did the 40% figure come from? I’d be very, very surprised if it was anywhere near that high. I’d also point out that there is a matte option for the MacBook Pro 17″ and you can also just use another display. There is nothing forcing you to use an Apple display at all. Dell and Samsung both make some very nice displays and if you want matte particularly I’d highly recommend Dell displays.

  6. All I can say is: Apple better retain the matte screen on these cinema displays otherwise we’ll have totally lost the matte screen option for desktops.

    First, the iMac goes all gloss.

    So, the Mac Mini plus matte cinema display is the last matte option. If that goes all-gloss, I think the )(Q#)($QW at Apple don’t care that over 40% of people want matte screens. Then they’ll be really, not just being arrogant, but showing their disdain for 40% of their loyal customers.

  7. I don’t see why Apple would want to start selling 20″ LED ACDs right away, if at all.

    I’ll assume the 20″ was removed because it was out of stock and the manufacturing line ended. If they have a 20″ LED model in the pipeline it’s probably not ready yet as was the case with the iPhone to iPhone 3G transition. Sometimes it’s worth waiting until you had planned something for since it won’t make huge sales or margins anyway.

    I moved from a 20″ ACD to the 24″ LED before Christmas and I have to say it’s wonderful. The LED display is worth the extra money, and if it wasn’t then Dell and Samsung make some great 24″ displays for next to nothing. There really isn’t a good reason to go 20″ anymore – take the leap and make it a good-for-everything 24″.

  8. I really hope Apple decides to come out with a new 20″ display that costs around $300 (I know it won’t happen but I can dream), Apple displays are just too overpriced. I love Apple hardware but I don’t want to spend $600 on a 20″ monitor.

    I will be keeping my eye on the refurbished 20″ Cinema Display page on Apple’s website in hopes to grab one when the price looks right.