Apple has started selling an updated version of the LG UltraFine 4K Display at its online store.
"Update" in this context means a bigger screen and a lot of new ports to work with.
New LG UltraFine 4K Display
As reported earlier by 9to5Mac, the refreshed model now comes with a larger 23.7-inch display as opposed to the previous one that measured at 21.5 inches. While the size of the screen went up, its resolution went down. It's packing 3,840 x 2,160, going down from 4,096 x 2,304. In other words, it's not as sharp as the original.
It does make up for it in the ports department. The new variant is equipped with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one of which is used for input and the other to daisy chain compatible accessories and even another 4K display. The latter can also deliver a charging rate of 85W to top up laptops. On top of that, it comes with three standard USB-C ports to boot. These can be used for things like a keyboard and a mouse. For comparison's sake, the older monitor came only with one USB-C 3 port for input and three regular USB-C ports.
Regarding similarities, the new version also maintains the same 500cd/m2 brightness and P3 wide color gamut.
It's now available at Apple.com and costs the same as the previous 21.5-inch model at $699.95.
Also, it's worth mentioning that this release coincides with the launch of the new MacBook Pro models. These UltraFine displays from LG are positioned as the perfect external monitors to go with these Mac notebooks, including the MacBook Air.
Older LG UltraFine 4K Availability
Apple stopped selling the LG UltraFine 4K Display at its online store back in April, and it also removed the UltraFine 5K Display in the following month of May. This all happened as a rumor floating around the internet said it's working on its own 31.6-inch 6K monitor.
It's unclear discontinued sales of the older UltraFine displays exactly tie in with the rumored 6K monitor, but with the appearance of the new UltraFine 4K Display, it could mean that the Cupertino brand is far from ready to take the wraps off its huge, high-resolution external display — that is, assuming there's really one in the works.