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Apple Ends Thunderbolt Display

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Apple Ends Thunderbolt Display

Apple confirms it is ending sales of the only monitor it makes, the Thunderbolt Display-- but the press continues to insist a much rumoured replacement remains in the works.

"We’re discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display," the company tells The Verge. "It will be available through Apple.com, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorised Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users."

The 2560x1440 resolution Thunderbolt Display was much loved by Apple fans, but the monitor has not seen an update since 2011. However, while Apple is still to confirm its plans regarding the monitor industry, the grapevine says a 4K (if not 5K) update is to launch sooner, rather than later.

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ePaper Makes Colour Breakthrough

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ePaper Makes Colour Breakthrough

E Ink, the company behind the ePaper display inside the Amazon Kindle, makes a colourful breakthrough-- Advanced Colour ePaper (ACeP), an ePaper display able to display up to 32000 colours.

Described as a first in electrophoretic displays (EPD) ACeP achieves full colour gamut, including all 8 primary colours, without need for a colour filter array (CFA). The colour display uses a single layer of electrophoretic fluid controlled via voltages compatible with TFT backplanes. Such a solution is described as more commercially viable than alternative solutions involving complex stacked backplane structures.

The company adds ACeP technology retains the ultra-low-power and paper-like readability of regular monochrome ePaper displays.

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Acer Intros Predator Z1 Curved Monitors

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Acer Intros Predator Z1 Curved Monitors

The Acer curved monitor portfolio more options with the Predator Z1-- a series of 3 widescreen LCD displays available in 27-, 30- and 31.5-inch sizes.

All models offer 1920 x 1080 resolution with the exception of the 30-inch model, which comes in 2560 x 1080 resolution. The monitor curve reaches 1800R, while the vertical alignment panels promise better contrast and less backlight bleed than similar IPS displays.

When it comes to refresh rates, the 27- and 31.5-inch models support 144Hz, a figure 30.5-inch model boosts to 200Hz. All models feature built-in G-Sync support, making them ideal for customers using Nvidia hardware.

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The AOC AGON Gaming Monitor Range

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The AOC AGON Gaming Monitor Range

Display maker AOC presents a premium gaming monitor line-- AGON, with 10 models set to launch in 2016 featuring either IPS or TN panels within both standard and curved options.

All the AGON monitors will feature either Nvidia G-Sync or AMD FreeSync technology for flicker-free gaming, as well as response times of just 1ms, 144Hz and higher refresh rates, height-adjustable stands, speakers and USB 3.0 ports. Monitor sizes will range from 24-inch 16:9 to 35-inch ultra-wide, while resolution include HD, QHD and 4K.

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VESA Finalises DisplayPort 1.4

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VESA Finalises DisplayPort 1.4

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) finalises version 1.4 of the DisplayPort (DP) standard-- a first major update since 2014's version 1.3 featuring Display Stream Compression (DSC) 1.2 technology.

DSC 1.2 enables display resolutions reaching 5120x2880 (5k)@60Hz wigh high dynamic range (HDR), as well as 8K (7680x4320)@60Hz in both HDR and standard modes. In addition it handles Deep Colour 120Hz 4K panels, and provides HD video with 32-channel audio.

“This significant update to the DisplayPort standard is vital to continued growth of adoption for both DP and DSC, particularly in such fast-growing markets as digital television and automotive infotainment,” VESA says. “New applications are demanding displays with better resolution, wider color gamut, and increased dynamic range. We believe the tools provided in this new DP standard release will enable a quantum leap forward in display quality, which leverage DSC compression along with transport of high-quality audio and video content.”

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