Even diehard Apple fans will agree that the company has let its monitor line languish in recent years. The company’s only branded display, the 27-inch Thunderbolt Display, has gone more than 3 years without an update. While still a quality product, it is overpriced ($999), has limited connectivity options, a relatively common 2560×1440 native resolution, and only supports first-generation Thunderbolt and USB 2.0. While rumors have swirled for months that Apple is working on a new 4K “Retina” display, there’s no word yet on when it may be released.
In response to this hole in Apple’s lineup, Korean electronics firm LG is preparing to release a new flagship monitor that will cater to the needs of both Mac and Windows users. LG’s upcoming monitor, the 34UC97, will feature a 34-inch IPS display, ultrawide 21:9 aspect ratio, 3440×1440 resolution, and a Thunderbolt 2 port, making it one of only a few non-Apple monitors to support the technology.
The new monitor will also jump on the “curved screen” bandwagon, meaning that those glorious 34 inches will curve slightly inward on the left and right of the display. While curved televisions are seen largely as a gimmick, curved monitors may offer a small advantage in viewing angles and immersiveness, as the user sits significantly closer to a desktop monitor than they do to a 60-inch TV in the living room.
There’s no word on pricing or availability, but LG will be showcasing the 34UC97 alongside its new 4K Digital Cinema and Gaming monitors at the IFA consumer electronics show next month in Berlin, with a press event scheduled for September 4th.