Apple Thunderbolt Display stock shortages lead to speculations of a WWDC refresh

Apple Thunderbolt Display stock shortages lead to speculations of a WWDC refresh

With some recent reports revealing that Apple’s Thunderbolt Display is facing stock shortages at a few Apple retail stores, it is being speculated that Apple may unveil a refreshed version of Thunderbolt Display at its forthcoming WWDC annual developer conference in San Francisco.

The speculations about an imminent refreshed version of Thunderbolt Display are apparently rooted in the fact that the display is due for an extensive upgrade because it was last upgraded by Apple in July 2011.

The current version of the $999 27-inch Thunderbolt Display has a dated design, with a comparatively much lower resolution than the $800 Retina 5K iMac.

Since the current Thunderbolt Display version is not capable of running a 5K display over a single-stream cable, the possibility that Apple will likely turn towards other methods for introducing a functional 5K display are being widely discussed by analysts.

It is being projected by Stephen Foskett and Daring Fireball's John Gruber that Apple may probably introduce a refreshed Thunderbolt Display with an on-board graphics card. Such a move will give the display the capability to work with nearly all Mac models because it would be driven by a built-in graphics card instead of a machine with which it is connected.

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