Can’t afford Apple’s new Pro display? LG UltraFine 4K Display is your best option

Can’t afford Apple’s new Pro display? LG UltraFine 4K Display is your best option

Unless you have $5,000 (gasp) for Apple’s upcoming Pro Display XDR and another $999 (bigger gasp) for Pro Stand, the only new Mac compatible display you can buy at Apple retail stores and the company’s online stereo is the LG UltraFine 4K Display.

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AWT News Update: October 2, 2017

AWT News Update: October 2, 2017

Another month has passed, and we're now in October! We have a new sponsor for this month and a handful of interesting news bits for your listening pleasure:

  • Like iMessage? Try two new products from It's About Time Products made especially for your messaging pleasure -- Color Text Bubbles and WordSwipe. Find out more here!
  • Apple will announce the fourth quarter 2017 fiscal year results on November 2, 2017
  • LG has released a new version of its Mac utility for the UltraFine 4K and 5K displays
  • DJI is providing an update to its apps to prevent drones from connecting to the internet and sharing location data to servers
  • Safeway has announced that it's rolling out Apple Pay 
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New 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is better, but still has its predecessor’s flaws

New 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is better, but still has its predecessor’s flaws

When the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar was announced, I decided to replace my 27-inch iMac AND 12-inch MacBook with one machine. After seven months of working with the MB Pro and a LG UltraFine 5K display, I’ve decided to go back to the iMac — one of the new ones. 

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New iMac is the best all-in-one yet — and the best Mac ever

New iMac is the best all-in-one yet — and the best Mac ever

Oh, iMac, I’ve missed you. I thought I could replace you with a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 27-inch LG Ultrafine display. Actually, I did for seven months, but the entire experience just wasn’t as smooth. Plus, the Apple all-in-one’s display is so much more elegant than LG’s monitor.

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Revamped UltraFine 5K displays should start shipping March 8-16

Revamped UltraFine 5K displays should start shipping March 8-16

Now LG appears to have revised UltraFine 5K displays (presumably with proper shielding) since Apple is currently promising deliveries as soon as March 8 through March 16 for new orders, reports 9to5Mac. Apple Store Pickup still isn’t available, but that will likely change once inventory reaches retail locations, the article adds.

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I still want an Apple Thunderbolt Display with a built-in GPU

I still want an Apple Thunderbolt Display with a built-in GPU

Apple is touting LG’s UltraFine 4K and 5K displays as the perfect monitors for usewith the 2016 MacBook Pros. They’re fine (pun intended), but not as elegant as an Apple-made monitor would be. That’s why I still hope for a Thunderbolt Display with an integrated GPU that has been rumored in the past.

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LG UltraFine 5K displays with extra shielding coming soon

LG UltraFine 5K displays with extra shielding coming soon

Although not every LG UltraFine 5K display has exhibited the problem, some of the ultra-high-resolution displays have experienced issues when placed near Wi-Fi routers. AppleInsider is reporting that the monitors have been given additional shielding in newer builds, and that the shielded monitors should be at Apple retailers soon.

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AWT News Update: January 25, 2017

AWT News Update: January 25, 2017

We hope you listen to the Apple World Today News Update every day, but if you don't, you should listen in today just to hear AWT's Steve Sande absolutely fumble over a 7-syllable name...twice. 

  • Facebook is testing ads in Messenger
  • Apple files a second lawsuit against Qualcomm, this time in China
  • Things are looking up for an Apple manufacturing facility or two in India
  • Here's an Apple news story that should have never been published in the first place (and we never did publish it...)
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LG UltraFine 5K is a great display for new MacBook Pros (and looks aren’t everything)

LG UltraFine 5K is a great display for new MacBook Pros (and looks aren’t everything)

In a previous review, I mentioned that I wasn’t overly impressed with the LG UltraFine 4K, one of the monitors LG co-developed with Apple for use with the 2016 MacBook Pros. Thankfully, the UltraFine 5K addresses some of its smaller siblings’ shortcomings (which it should since it’s more expensive).

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AWT News Update: December 23, 2016

AWT News Update: December 23, 2016

Steve discovers that the "Brazilian Death Flu" is actually a mild case of pneumonia, so hopefully he'll be on the mend now that he's on medication. In this last work day before the Christmas holiday (and Hanukkah begins on the 25th as well), we have just a few items to tide you over until Monday:

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AWT News Update: December 21, 2016

AWT News Update: December 21, 2016

Slow news Tuesday™ -- it's a thing today, and we have a short podcast for you. Among the stories:

  • Apple starts taking orders for the LG UltraFine 5K monitor
  • The 4th-generation Apple TV gets a quiet update adding two new US networks to live tune-in and some universal search options for Norway and Sweden
  • Bloomberg says that the iMac might be getting an update in early 2017, possibly with USB-C ports and new AMD graphics cards
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