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Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 07:00 am PT (10:00 am ET)

Apple discontinues 24, 30-inch Cinema Displays for 27-inch model

Apple's new 27-inch Cinema Display will mark the end of the 24- and 30-inch models once supplies run out, leaving the company with just one standalone monitor offering.

David Moody, vice president of hardware marketing, confirmed to Macworld that Apple will sell the 24-inch and 30-inch Cinema Displays only while supplies last. After that, the 27-inch screen will be the only option for customers.

Announced on Tuesday, the new 27-inch LED Cinema Display will begin shipping from Apple in September. It sports a 2,560-by-1,440 pixel resolution with 60 percent more screen real estate than the company's 24-inch LED display. It costs $999 and features a built-in iSight video camera, microphone and speakers, powered USB 2.0 hub, and universal MagSafe connector.

The display also features a new ambient light sensor which automatically adjusts the display brightness based on external lighting conditions. With this, the hardware only uses as much energy as necessary to provide an optimum viewing experience.

The 16:9 display also features edge-to-edge glass on its front, and sits on an aluminum stand that makes tilting easy. It also uses in-plane switching, the same technology found in the iPad and iPhone 4 LCD displays, which allow a viewing angle of up to 178 degrees.

27-inch Cinema Display