Stock shortages might herald rebirth of Apple’s growing older Thunderbolt Show

Inventory shortages may herald rebirth of Apple’s aging Thunderbolt Display

Apple’s Thunderbolt Show, first launched in the summertime of 2011, could also be getting a refresh at WWDC, if stock shortages at retail shops are any indication.

Simply attempt getting one at your native Apple retailer — dozens of places close to me are “ship to retailer” solely, suggesting (as is usually the case earlier than a refresh) that inventory has not been replenished and even, as a MacRumors supply has it, despatched again to the warehouse.

The 2560×1536 show was a pleasant, if costly, choice when it made its debut, and 5 years later… nicely, now it’s simply costly. For sure it’s not a really helpful product — however the excellent news is that a alternative could also be on the best way.

It will, in fact, be the panel from the (once more) good, if costly, 5K iMac Apple put out in late 2014. Thinner, greater decision, higher shade, trendy ports  — all invaluable issues in a monitor. The issue is that few units can course of the 5K decision — that’s 4 occasions the pixels present in a MacBook Professional — and push it over the Thunderbolt interface. Those that may require two cables to take action, and it’s onerous to think about Apple permitting that to be the usual connection.

Updates to the DisplayPort protocol may permit it, nevertheless it in all probability gained’t occur in time for WWDC and any hardware that would fairly be anticipated to be introduced there. It’s exhausting to think about a workable various — a mixture of wi-fi and wired show driving is conceivable, however solely simply. Apple has by no means shied away from leaving requirements behind, nevertheless, so one thing new and unusual might actually be on the horizon.

We’ll possible discover out at WWDC — particularly, on June thirteen. Look ahead to our reside protection two weeks from now.