Who wouldn't want to get their hands on a luscious 4K desktop monitor capable of displaying 3840 x 2160 pixels? It's coming to the U.S. later this month, but that Retina MacBook may not be a perfect companion quite yet.
It doesn’t seem so long ago that buying a new Mac often required buying a new display to go with it -- and there were plenty to choose from. Flash forward to the present and Apple is selling more notebooks and iMacs, which has all but negated the need for a separate monitor with many users. But for the few, the proud who still need one, here’s a quick look at your options.
Introduced in October, 2008, Mini DisplayPort is Apple’s current connection du jour for audio and video, and starting with the introduction of Thunderbolt earlier this year, the tiny jack is now host to high-speed hard drives and other peripherals as well. But did you know that Mini DisplayPort is capable of other amazing feats of strength as well?
It was early on in the game when Apple recognized the need for a dedicated display for its home computers. Where the Apple I and the first Apple II models relied on third-party RF modulators for hooking up to television sets, Apple changed course in 1980 when it released the 12-inch, monochromatic Apple Monitor III to accompany its Apple III business computer.
Steve Jobs wears one style of glasses. One. His iconic John Lennon-style shades are as much a part of his mystique as his Levis 501s and black mock turtle neck. Were Jobs to appear at an Keynote without any of these essentials on his person, the earth could very well spin of its orbital axis and hurtle into the sun. Apple understands that such a cataclysm could effect their bottom line. That's most likely why they filed a patent for a glasses-free 3D projection system.
You thought you knew everything you knew about displays, but you were wrong. Did you know that the control labeled "contrast" on your monitor actually has absolutely no effect on image contrast? Or that most HDTVs have the same basic user controls as the original analog NTSC color TV?