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November 12, 2016

Apple Begins Shipping LG UltraFine 4K Displays

by John_A

A day after the first 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bars began shipping to customers, Apple and LG’s UltraFine 4K Display has also begun shipping. Shipments are expected to deliver next week, with one MacRumors forum member noting November 15 as their delivery date.

The 21.5-inch UltraFine 4K Display went up for pre-order at the same time as the new MacBook Pros with Touch Bar. At the time, delivery dates were estimated to arrive on November 15 at the earliest. Current delivery estimates quote 5 to 6 weeks.

Apple debuted the UltraFine Display at its MacBook Pro event last month in 4K and 5K variations. While the 4K display has been available for pre-order since the event, the 5K display is not yet available. The Cupertino company said it partnered with LG to develop the displays specifically for the new MacBook Pros, with Apple making sure that the displays are optimized for its products. Shortly after announcing the displays, Apple confirmed it was out of the standalone display business.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar can power either one 5K UltraFine display or two 4K UltraFine display while the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar can power either two 5K UltraFine displays or four 4K UltraFine displays. Additionally, both displays use downstream USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports that can charge a MacBook Pro.

In early November, Apple dropped the prices of both displays in an effort to smooth the transition for new MacBook Pro owners. The move was combined with price drops for all of Apple’s USB-C adapters. The 27-inch 5K UltraFine display is now $974, a $325 price cut from the original price of $1,299. The 4K UltraFine display is now $524, a $175 price cut from the original price of $699. The lowered prices are only available until the end of the year.

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