Apple sold 5K standalone Mac displays with no official solution

The LG UltraFine 5K display is no longer available from the Apple Store, at least for now. The LG 5K monitor that was designed in partnership with Apple to support all macOS features now appears as “Not currently available” on the Apple website, following a considerable shipping estimate a few days ago.

We’ve checked Apple’s website for different countries, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Brazil, and in all of these, the LG UltraFine 5K display is not available.

Apple does not clarify if the unavailability is temporary due to the arrival of a new model or supply restrictions. The same thing happened last year, with LG UltraFine 5K disappearing from Apple stores in May. Two months later, LG announced a new generation of the monitor, which is the model that has been sold until now.

Now with Pro Display XDR, Apple could simply remove the LG monitor from its stores. But since the LG UltraFine 5K display still appears in Apple’s online store, it is less likely. However, it is hard to imagine that Apple will continue to work with LG to launch a new monitor.

The most plausible scenario is that LG faces supply problems just like most hardware companies this year. With the COVID-19 pandemic, many factories have been forced to reduce their production. At the same time, people buy more computers and accessories to work from home.

Although it has a questionable design, the LG UltraFine 5K screen features a 27-inch screen with 5K resolution, just like the iMac. It also supports the wide P3 color gamut and Thunderbolt 3 connection with three USB-C ports that work as a hub. The LG UltraFine 5K display was priced at $ 1,299.95, which is considerably less than Apple’s Pro XDR display at $ 4,999.00.

There is some speculation about whether Apple should launch a more affordable Pro Display XDR model, as users who don’t need a super-expensive monitor now rely on third-party options. At the same time, the end of the LG UltraFine 5K screen at this point would mean that Mac users will no longer have an Apple-certified alternative.

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