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Apple’s new 5K display will double as a graphics card

Pumping enough pixels to fill up a 5K display — which has nearly 15 million of them — requires a little extra graphical muscle. That might be why Apple is putting a discrete GPU inside their new one.

According to industry insiders, Apple is getting ready to launch a replacement for their 27-inch Thunderbolt Display. The $999 monitor has been around for quite a while now, and its 2560 x 1440 panel is due for a refresh.

Apple’s replacement will ship with a 5120 x 2880 panel, and it will likely feature a similarly expansive array of ports on the back like the current Thunderbolt Display. The other big change is the addition of the integrated GPU.

Why stuff a GPU inside a display? Because it then becomes much more than a high-resolution monitor. It’s also an external graphics card — one that’s cleverly hidden on your desk instead of taking up precious space in a clunky dedicated enclosure, no less.

The extra muscle will allow all of Apple’s laptops and desktops to take advantage of the 5K display, including the lower-end MacBook Air and Mac Mini. You never know, someone who only spent $500 on a computer may still want a big, gorgeous display to hook up to it… And Apple seems to be making sure theirs won’t disappoint even if that computer is a little underpowered.


As for when you’ll be able to buy Apple’s new high-end display and how much it’ll cost, you may find out very soon. They’re getting ready for WWDC right now, and they’ve sent out press invites for the keynote which takes place on June 13 at 10am Pacific.

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