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The 20-inch Apple Cinema Display was removed from the Apple Store and the company has notified resellers that it has been given a status of “EOL” (End Of Life) and can no longer be ordered according to MacRumors.

While Apple may simply stop selling 20-inch displays (which wouldn’t be that surprising) many will view the move as a harbinger of things to come. Specifically that Apple will soon launch a new, LED-backlit 20-incher with a MiniDisplay Port, built-in iSight camera, mic and speakers, like the 24-inch, $899 model it announced in October 2008.

Personally, I’m over Apple’s overpriced monitors (and adapters). While they may have high contrast ratios, color gamuts, yadda. I don’t think too many people (save the high-end pros) who will pay 4x to have an Apple logo on their monitor, especially in this economy.

Rant: I’m outright incensed that Apple doesn’t include a Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter (pictured) with new Macs (like the MBP). After all, you need that dongle to connect to a monitor. Instead Apple sees fit to charge $30 for the damned thing. $30! What’s worse, if you also need to connect to a VGA monitor (or projector, or whatever) you’ll need another $30 adapter for that thankyouverymuch. That’s $60 in adapters. For another $40 you can buy a 17-inch monitor.

Anyway, I digress.

The 30-inch display is still on the Apple price list – for a whopping $1,800. If Apple expects to sell more than 100 monitors they need to come out with a value line without all the bells and whistles or simply cede the monitor market to the bottom feeders.
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This is a company often lectured for their ridiculous prices, but somehow people still buy these things.
    
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Yeah I agree they overprice entirely too much.

Yes, they do have some very nice monitors they're offering. But go with a Dell monitor. There's a overpriced just a tad, but are still superior to most of the mainstream stuff out there.

I love mine, and the few extra dollars I spent is absolutely worth it. But I would never pay the astronomical exponential markups that Apple is expecting, even though I would love to have one of their really nice monitors.
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There prices aren't that much higher than other brands for displays. This guy sounds like an idiot to be honest, these displays were never aimed at the common consumer.
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Has the author ever considered that these are S-IPS panels and not your standard TN or M/S-PVA panels? That means they have better viewing angles and color reproduction. That also means that they are not gaming monitors. Equivalent offerings by NEC are all about the same price as well. Apple never marketed its monitors for casual users but to photo or video editors who's projects literally hang on having the right shade of blue. This article is epic fail.
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Has the author ever considered that these are S-IPS panels and not your standard TN or M/S-PVA panels? That means they have better viewing angles and color reproduction. That also means that they are not gaming monitors. Equivalent offerings by NEC are all about the same price as well. Apple never marketed its monitors for casual users but to photo or video editors who's projects literally hang on having the right shade of blue. This article is epic fail.
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