Without naming a specific source, iMore’s Rene Ritchie has reportedly heard that Apple is not planning to refresh the aging 27-inch Thunderbolt Display at WWDC this month after all. “I asked around, and it’s not happening at the keynote or any time in the immediate future,” he wrote.
The display was supposed to gain 5K resolution, a thinner design and an integrated graphics card so that older Macs could drive it, too.
No new display for you at WWDC
The whole idea of building a dedicated graphics card into the Thunderbolt Display sounded too good to be true in the first place. On the other hand, doing so would elegantly enable a single-cable Thunderbolt connection that could drive 5K resolution.
On the downside, such a move would inevitable raise the display’s price.
No new hardware for you at WWDC
Another product that won’t see a major refresh at WWDC: the AirPort family of wireless appliances. Following a brief period when AirPorts were unavailable for purchase from Apple’s stores in the United States, these devices are now back in stock.
We’re not surprised that the display won’t be refreshed at the conference. After all, WWDC is primarily a software-focused event specifically aimed at developers.
Still, unveiling new hardware at WWDC wouldn’t be unheard of: at WWDC 2013, Apple did preview the new Mac Pro months months before it landed on store shelves.