Mystery 23.7-inch LG UltraFine display surfaces at Apple Store
An unannounced LG monitor has made an unexpected appearance at retail, with the discovery of the 23.7-inch LG UltraFine Display recently acquired from an Apple Store suggesting the new Mac display may receive a full formal launch in the near future.
Apple as been seemingly cutting out its stocks of LG UltraFine displays at retail, with both the UltraFine 5K unavailable both online and offline, while the UltraFine 4K was effectively discontinued. While speculation suggests a replacement from Apple itself could arrive in the form of a professional-grade monitor, it is also possible Apple could start selling other models in the UltraFine range at the same time.
According to a report of one Apple Store shopping trip by TidBits, the retail outlet was selling a 23.7-inch version of the LG UltraFine Display, one which is relatively unknown about considering the existence of the 5K and 4K models. At the store, one Apple employee recommended the 23.7-inch model instead of the 21.5-inch now-discontinued version, if only because it was bigger and sold for the same price.
Research at another Apple Store indicates the monitor is being actively sold, but remains unknown at retail, with another employee acknowledging the SKU for the display exists, but he had not been made aware of its existence via official channels.
There are also relatively few references to the monitor or its model number 24MD4KL online, with those found including an Energy Star certification and an FCC listing. AppleInsider's research turned up an Italian product support page for a monitor with the model number 24MD4KL-B, which is believed to be the exact same monitor as the new discovery, except a regional variation.
According to the manual on that page, the screen is an LCD version with a maximum resolution of 3840 by 2160 pixels at 60Hz. TidBits however reports the screen as having a native resolution of 3360 by 1890, lower than the manual claims, which could either be a sign of the manual being for a completely different model or the need for settings to be refined for the monitor to work at the proper resolution.
On the rear are two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one more than the 21.5-inch version, alongside three USB-C ports for expansion, but otherwise it appears to be similar in terms of styling and functionality as the other two displays.