The 20.1-inch Apple monitor that Macity had talked about in recent days thanks to a report from one of our readers regarding the Swedish TCO database may not have the assumed wide screen format. Rather it may be a more traditional 4: 3 screen.
The consideration stems from the exploration of Apple's traditional display supplier, LG.Philips.
The Dutch-Korean joint venture practically since the beginning of Cupertino's adventure in the field of LCD monitors supplies its components and here you have to look to understand what is going to happen in the field of displays.
Thus we learn that LG.Philips does not have any 20.1-inch TFT in wide format; on the contrary it has the LM201U02, a very recent 20.1-inch product in traditional 4: 3 format officially launched on November 13th, just 8 days before the Swedish TCO certification of the still mysterious "Cinema HD Display" of which we said two days ago.
Unless surprises, therefore, (like the appearance of another supplier) nothing wide, for the in the intermediate range model of the Apple monitors.Exploring the technical characteristics of the TFT soon overcomes the disappointment of the traditional format.
The LM201U02 has in fact a contrast ratio of 350: 1 (higher than that of the current Cinema Display) and response times in the order of 25 milliseconds, 25% better than the current Apple displays with a resolution of 1600 × 1200 dpi , really little less than the 22-inch wide model.
The 20.1-inch 4: 3 format monitor could appear as an ideal compromise between size, price and functionality. Its main destination would be the DTP market (while that of wide monitors that of presentations and video editing) and would be placed at a level cost equal to that of high-quality 21-inch CRT displays of not long ago, around 2000 euros and below the cost of the current 22-inch model.
And speaking of the 22-inch model, it appears very likely that, as mentioned several times by Macity, the appearance of the 20.1-inch model will be eliminated from the list and that the 23-inch model will be reduced in price at the same time.
Currently the cost spread between the two wide models still appears too high for the minimal differences that distinguish them; even less justifiable would be the presence of three such monitors, one 20.1, one 22 and one 23 inches.