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Apple this week appears to have halted sales of the LG UltraFine 5K display, potentially signaling a near future launch for a branded high-resolution monitor expected to launch alongside a new modular Mac Pro.
The LG display is now listed as sold out on Apple.com, while in-store supply is exhausted at many U.S. brick-and-mortar locations.
A similar situation occurred late last year when domestic Apple stores, as well as a few international locales, showed wide unavailability of the 5K display. At the time, however, the monitor could still be ordered for delivery.
The UltraFine 5K stockout follows Apple's discontinuation of the LG UltraFine 4K display in April. With both LG UltraFine models no longer available from Apple, it can be speculated that the tech giant is readying a successor device for launch.
LG's UltraFine 4K and 5K displays were introduced in October 2016, designed as part of a collaborative effort with Apple to complement then-new MacBook Pro models.
Apple announced work on a professional-grade standalone monitor in 2017, initially promising release alongside an all-new Mac Pro in 2018. The company later pushed back the Mac debut into 2019, but failed to offer a release timeline for its new monitor, leaving some to believe it would see unveiling at an earlier date.
While Apple has yet to detail hardware specifications, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in February said the device will measure 31.6 inches on the diagonal and house a 6K3K panel boasting "outstanding picture quality thanks to its adoption of the Mini LED-like backlight design." Kuo in a separate note to investors issued in April predicted Apple to launch the display in the next few months.
Most recently, a report this week claims Apple might preview both the Mac Pro and display at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference in June. AppleInsider will be covering the event live.
Though the LG UltraFine 5K is no longer available from Apple's online store, those in the market can still find the display at various retailers like B&H Photo.