Apple is getting out of the CRT (cathode ray tube) business, according to
Steve Davis. In a recent article entitled “Apple to stop selling CRT displays,” Davis reports that Apple has decided to cease production of the 17″ Apple Studio Display.
The 17″ Studio Display is Apple’s only CRT-based monitor. The company’s other two offerings are both based on digital flat panel LCD (liquid crystal display) technology — the 15″ Apple Studio Display, and the legendary 22″ Apple Cinema Display.
All three displays were released in their current incarnations at Macworld Expo in New York in July, 2000. They are the first batch of displays from Apple to feature the ADC, or Apple Display Connector, which combines USB, video and power into one cable. Apple has promoted ADC as a way to reduce clutter, although it limits the compatibility of the monitors only to those AGP-based Macs that have video cards with ADC interfaces, without requiring the use of expensive third party peripherals.
Users looking for a display in that form factor need not worry, though. Davis said that Apple is expected to announce a similarly sized replacement for the 17″ Studio Display, based on LCD technology instead. Davis reports that the replacement will be announced either next month or in July.
More details can be found on
MacUser UK’s Web site.