Apple unveils new 24-inch LED Cinema Display
Apple didn’t just unveil remodeled laptops at Tuesday’s press event on its Cupertino, Calif., campus. The company also added a 24-inch LED monitor to its Cinema Display offerings, though the new display is geared specifically for Apple's revamped MacBook and MacBook Pro lines.
The 24-inch LED Cinema Display offers 1,920-by-1,200-pixel resolution, along with a built-in iSight camera and microphone, stereo speakers, and three-port USB 2.0 hub. It features an aluminum and glass enclosure, giving the LCD monitor a striking resemblance to Apple's current iMac design.
“It’s gorgeous,” Apple CEO Steve Jobs said as he unveiled the new LED Cinema Display. “Really, really nice. Thin.”
But Apple is touting this monitor for laptop users—specifically for its redesigned MacBook offerings. The LED Cinema Display features an integrated MagSafe charger that allows laptop users to plug in and power their notebooks. MacBook users can also connect to the monitor via its Mini DisplayPort, which Apple says is 10 percent the size of a full DVI connector.
In keeping with Apple’s push to release more environmentally friendly products, the 24-inch Cinema Display is an LED-backlit monitor. LED backlights improve upon the cold-cathode florescent lamp technology common in older displays by consuming less power, lasting longer, and containing no mercury. Apple says the glass on the display is arsenic free and that the monitor contains no brominated flame retardents. Apple also said that all internal cables and components are PVC-free.
Jobs said the new monitor will be available in November for $899.
Apple's other Cinema Display offerings remain unchanged in the wake of Tuesday's announcement. The company continues to sell its 20-inch Cinema Display and its 23- and 30-inch Apple Cinema HD displays.
Updated at 11:56 a.m. PT to include more information from Apple on the LED Cinema Display.