Apple just announced its new 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models featuring a new Touch Bar that come with USB Type-C ports. The tech giant also revealed that it has partnered with LG Electronics for new 4K and 5K displays that are designed to work with the new MacBook Pros.
First up is the 27-inch 5K LG UltraFine Display which comes with a screen resolution of 5,120 x 2,880 and a P3 wide color gamut. Apple claims that the monitor has 14.7 million pixels that's around 77 percent more than most 4K displays, according to Gizmodo.
On the back, it comes with a single multi-stream Thunderbolt 3 port for power and for charging the new MacBook Pro. Unfortunately, the 5K LG UltraFine Display won’t be compatible with older MacBook Pro models as it requires Thunderbolt 3 to work.
Additionally, the new display also has three additional downstream USB-C ports for connecting other devices and or accessories, according to MacRumors. Other features include built-in stereo speakers, webcam and camera.
The second display announced by Apple is the 21.5-inch LG 4K UltraFine Display which has a smaller screen resolution of 4,096 x 2,304. Like the 5K model, this also features the same P3 wide color gamut for producing more accurate colors.
Like its larger 5K counterpart, the LG 4K UltraFine Display relies on Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C connections. But one difference here is that it can work on any Mac computer that has a USB-C port, like the 2015 12-inch Retina MacBook. The 4K UltraFine Display also comes with three additional downstream USB-C ports, as well as built-in speakers, camera and microphone.
The LG 4K UltraFine Display is now available to pre-order for $699.95 and it will ship in late November, according to Engadget. The LG 5K UltraFine Display on the other hand will sell for $1,299 and will be available sometime in December. The new 15-inch MacBook pro can power up to two 5K monitors or four 4K monitors at once, while the 13-inch model is only able to power one 5K monitor or two 4K monitors at the same time.
Apple has removed the USB, HDMI, SDXC card slot and even the MagSafe 2 charging port on the new MacBook Pro. The tech giant is now relying heavily on USB-C for transferring data, charging and for display output. This will most certainly be a deal-breaker for a lot of consumers, but at least the 3.5mm headphone jack is still there.