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Apple working on 5K display with integrated graphics

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Marcel Haber

apple logoApple has been offering its high-resolution iMac with a 5K Retina display for a while. However, buyers can only opt for a complete system, instead of simply being able to buy the 27" monitor itself, which offers a resolution of 5120 x 2880 pixels. If current rumours are to be believed, the situation is set to change in the next dew weeks. As 9to5Mac reports, Apple is busily developing a 5K monitor, sans an iMac inside.

Apparently Apple isn't planning to release just a high resolution 5K monitor. Far more, Apple wants to bring a 5K monitor to market with a Thunderbolt 3 interface realised as a Type-C connector and an integrated graphics card. Apple users could hook up such a display to aMacBook, even though the mobile devices don't offer graphics card with enough performance for the resolution. Connecting a MacBook  would see the dedicated GPU in the monitor function as a graphics amplifier, but with graphics computation split up between the MacBook and the monitor GPUs. The result would be a hybrid multi-GPU setup. Control of two 3D accelerators is to be part of OS X 10.12, which Apple is expected to officially announce on June 13 during the WWDC 2016.

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Such a monitor will allow Apple to offer a high resolution display for home and office use, while at the same time making it possible to produce thinner MacBooks in the future. Users could perform more graphic intensive tasks on their MacBook, using the additional performance supplied by the 5K display.

The panel of the monitor ought to have similar or even identical specifications as the iMac 5K. As such, the display would provide the same DCI-P3 colour space and could also be used by professional users, such as photographers or video editors. Apple is expected to announce its 5K monitor at WWDC, on 13 June 13.

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