Apple 30” Cinema Display Possibly Single Most Desirable Piece of Technology on Planet

If you loved me, you'd buy me this.Apple’s cinema displays have always made Macintosh fans (and indeed most people with eyes) go weak at the knees. This time, though, they’ve excelled themselves with a new 30″ display that is truly beautiful.

With an anodized aluminium surround, the 2560 x 1600 pixel display will match your G5 beautifully and set you back US$3,299 (€3,859 in the European Apple Store). You could conceivably plug it into a PC, but that’s just wrong and you know it. At just 0.08 cents per pixel, they obviously represent fabulous value for money.

There are two other new models in the range for us lesser mortals – the 20” and 23” inch displays will set you back US$1,299 and US$1,999 (€1,519 and €2,339) respectively.

All of the new displays have built-in USB and Firewire hubs so you can arrange what’s left of your desk neatly. They can also be wall mounted, but this might just encourage people to poke them with their grubby fingers and gasp.

The new Apple displays

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Fraser Lovatt

Fraser Lovatt has spent the last fifteen years working in publishing, TV and the Internet in various capacities, and believes that they will be seperate platforms for at least a while yet. His main interests at the moment are exploring where Linux is taking home entertainment and how technology is conferring technical skills on more and more people. Fraser Lovatt was born in the same year that 2001: A Space Odyssey was delighting and confusing people in the cinemas, and developed a lifelong love of technology as soon as he realised that things could be taken apart, sometimes put back together again, but mostly left in bits or made into something the original designer hadn't quite planned upon. At school he was definitely in the ZX Spectrum/Magpie/BMX camp, rather than the BBC Micro/Blue Peter/well-behaved group. This is all deeply ironic as he later went on to spend nine years working at the BBC. After a few years of working as a bookseller in Scotland, ("Back when it was actually a skilled profession" he'll tell anyone still listening), he moved to England for reasons he can't quite explain adequately to himself. After a couple of publishing jobs punctuated by sporadic bursts of travelling and photography came the aforementioned nine years at the BBC where he specialised in internet technologies and video. These days his primary interests are Java, Linux, videogames and pies - and if they're not candidates for convergence, then what is?