The Future of Computer Displays

Is an 8k Computer Display In The Future?

Less than a year ago, Apple stopped selling its Thunderbolt Display, in the process letting the world know that they are leaving the standalone display market. Now, it seems the company had a change of heart (and mind), confirming that they are planning to make a new standalone computer display for the new Mac Pro they are working on.

8k UHD Computer Display repair in Billings

As reported by MacRumors, Apple has ‘reshuffled its Mac Pro configurations and pricing’, and they are developing a ‘completely rethought’ Mac Pro with a modular design and an Apple-branded pro display. And because they want to make sure that the new Mac Pro will become their ‘highest-end, high-throughput desktop system’ that is specially designed to satisfy the demands of their customers, they’re not expecting that they can finish the project this year. So launching will likely be after 2017.

Your IT services specialists in Billings take a closer look at what an 8K monitor might mean.


What kind of display might Apple be talking about?

Currently, Apple’s best resolution offering is 5K, which can be found on the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display, as well as on the 5K UltraFine Display that they worked with LG to make.

5K means a resolution of 5120 x 2880 pixels. 4K, on the other hand, means a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. 4K already gives super-sharp and super-clear images. 5K is even better.

But if what was mentioned in Pike’s Universum turns out to be true, then the next Mac Pro might be featuring an even more awesome display: 8K.

According to the blog post: “Apple is also working on a 8K display for the next generation of Mac Pro’s, which by the way will be much more like a PC with the next generation EFI BIOS.”


What will having an 8K resolution mean?

8K resolution (also known as 8K UHD or 8K Ultra High Definition) is the same resolution offered by UHD TV. To be able to offer 8,000 pixels, total image dimension should be 7680×4320. 8K has twice the vertical and horizontal resolution of 4K, and 4 times its total overall pixels. And compared with regular HD, 8K’s capability is 16 times better.

8K is the logical successor to 4K. Yet as superior as 8K resolution is, our present technology might not be ready for it yet. Specifically, there are only a few cameras that can shoot videos in 8K at the moment. So far, there’s just NHK and Red Digital Cinema Camera Company. Canon, Panasonic and Olympus are still working on theirs.


Is 8K now on the horizon, or still invisible?

8K requires everything to be bigger, from the screen to file size, data rate and processing capacity, which necessarily requires a powerful workstation with an equally powerful graphics card that can handle its ultra-HD resolution.

This may be why 4K is still reigning supreme, and not many are attempting to make the leap to 8K yet, except for Dell which is already offering a 32-inch UltraSharp 8K display, an investment that costs $5,000.

Still, this doesn’t mean that 8K computer displays are still too far off. Because eventually, when technology catches up and 8K becomes not the absolute highest resolution, but the default resolution of cameras, then PC, laptop and TV makers will have no choice but to catch up too. Otherwise, they’re bound to turn off their users who may already be using 8K cameras and are expecting their screens to be able to handle and support their ultra-HD images.

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Currently 4k computer monitors are common.  And when you have invested a lot of money into your monitor, you don’t want to scrap it and get a new one just because something breaks.  We repair 4k (and higher) computer monitors!

We are your source for all things tech repair, and for IT services in Billings.  Give us a call at 406-534-2547 for the West End store, or 406-206-3437 for the Heights store to get more details.