thunderbolt displayLast month it was spotted that the Thunderbolt Displays from Apple were low in supply, leading to speculation that a refreshed model with a possible 5K resolution could be on its way. There were even rumors that a model with its own dedicated GPU could be in the works, although that rumor was later debunked.

As it turns out it looks like neither of the rumors or speculation was right as Apple has officially announced that they will be discontinuing the display. In a statement given to TechCrunch, an Apple spokesperson said, “We’re discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display. It will be available through, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users.”

It also looks like Apple is pointing users towards third-party options, something that the company has done in the past like in the case of Apple Maps. It is unclear as to why Apple has decided to discontinue the displays or why they made the announcement since in the past, the company has been quietly content with allowing its customers to speculate about its reasons and the possibilities.

However TechCrunch has suggested that because buying season for corporate and education is coming up soon, and an official statement for Apple would allow its customers to make better decisions instead of wondering. It is also unclear if Apple will come up with a new type of display further down the road, but for now Apple users will have to either hurry up and purchase remaining stock while they’re still available, or go third-party.

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