Apple Studio Display

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An Apple Studio Display used with a Power Mac G4 Cube.

The Apple Studio Displays are a series of displays manufactured by Apple Computer Inc. (now Apple Inc.) that both used LCD and CRT as their displays. The Apple Studio Displays used DB-15, VGA, DVI, and ADC as their display input. Some inputs Apple Studio Displays used were USB, Composite video, S-Video, ADB, RCA audio connectors, and headphone jacks.

15-inch flat panel (1998–2003)[edit]

Apple Studio Display
Manufacturer Apple Computer
Type LCD
Size 15"
Introduced March 1998
Discontinued January 2003
Model number M4551 (azul), M4551B (blueberry), M7612 (graphite), M2454 (three-legged design)
Maximum Resolution 1024x768

The first Apple display using LCD technology was known as the Apple Studio Display (15-inch flat panel). It had DA-15 as its connector, with 2 ADB ports, an S-Video and Composite video port, as well as RCA audio connectors and a headphone jack. It was dark blue and transparent. Although it was made for the Power Macintosh G3, it didn't match as the G3s at this time were beige. It had two stands you could place it on. It required System 7.5 or later. Released in March 1998, it was the first translucent Apple product since the eMate, predating the iMac G3 by a few months.

It was replaced with a newer revision in January 1999 with white and "blueberry" styling and a brighter display.

In August 1999 it was replaced with model featuring DVI and USB ports with white and "graphite" exterior styling.

In July 2000 it was replaced with a model featuring an ADC port and a clear plastic three-legged stand based on the 22" Apple Cinema Display. It was discontinued in January 2003.

All 15" Studio Displays had native resolutions of 1024x768 pixels.

CRT models (1999–2001)[edit]

CRT Apple Studio Displays in 17" and 21" sizes were introduced in January 1999 with VGA DE-15 connectors and "blueberry" and white exterior styling. In August 1999 the exterior styling was changed to "graphite" and white. In July 2000 the 21" model was dropped and the 17" changed to a striking "crystal clear" enclosure with ADC connector. Apple stopped selling CRT displays in May 2001.

17-inch flat panel (2001–2004)[edit]

In May 2001 Apple released a 17" Studio Display (Model No: M7649) similar to the three-legged, clear plastic, ADC 15" model but with a 1280x1024 native resolution. In January 2003, a similar 20" model was introduced, but it was designated a Cinema Display, not a Studio Display. Apple discontinued both of these in June 2004 in favor of new models with aluminum frames.