Apple suggests that it has permanently exited the stand-alone monitor business
The now-discontinued Thunderbolt display appears to be Apple's last external monitor, as remarks made to the press suggest that the company is exiting that market segment.
The "hello again" release event on Thursday featured a new LG monitor, made in conjunction with Apple, using a single Thunderbolt 3 cable for video using multi-stream transport, and charging power for the connected MacBoook Pro. However, the monitor is not Apple branded in any way.
The LG UltraFine 5K Display measures 27 inches, and supports resolutions up to 5120 by 2880, in the P3 "wide color" gamut. Three USB 3.1 generation 2 type-C ports adorn the back, and the monitor includes stereo speakers, a microphone, and a camera — so the new display replaces all the functionality of the discontinued Apple display.
Apple buys its 4K and 5K panels for the iMac from LG.
Apple's remarks were made to The Verge's Nilay Patel, during the demonstration period after the event.
It is not known what exactly was said to Patel at the event to make him come to this conclusion.
Rumors of an Apple-branded monitor with integrated GPU started circulating in the summer, with two disparate sources discussing the potential product.