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LG's updated UltraFine 5K Display now works with the iPad Pro

By Ng Chong Seng - on 31 Jul 2019, 2:06pm

LG has updated its UltraFine 5K Display to support the iPad Pro

(Image: Apple Store.)

After a brief disappearance, Apple is again selling a 5K display made by LG through the Apple Store.

Still called the LG UltraFine 5K Display and still priced at S$1,879, the updated 27-inch IPS monitor (model: 27MD5KL) continues to offer a 5,120 x 2,880-pixel resolution and P3 wide colour, up to 500 nits brightness, and built-in stereo speakers, camera, and microphone.

The display is also equipped with three USB-C ports (5Gbps) and supports video, data, and power over a single Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) cable or USB-C cable. The additional support for USB-C (which is different from Thunderbolt 3 that also uses the USB-C connector) is the most important upgrade here as this allows the 5K display to be used with iPad Pro and MacBook portables that don’t support Thunderbolt.

(Image: LG.)

Additionally, the Thunderbolt 3 port can now carry up to 94W of power to power the monitor and charge other devices in the chain, up from 85W on the discontinued model.

It's also worth noting that not all supported devices can take advantage of the 5K resolution. For instance, while the MacBook Pro (2016 or later) and MacBook Air (2018 or later) can use the 5,120 x 2,880 resolution at 60Hz, the MacBook (2015 or later) and iPad Pro can only go up to 3,840 x 2,160 at 60Hz.

For those who find a 27-inch monitor too big, Apple is also selling a 23.7-inch version with 4K resolution at S$1,019. And for those who want something bigger and better, there’s always the 32-inch, 6K Apple Pro Display XDR to look forward to.

Source: Apple Store, LG.

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