To most people, Apple Inc.’s new 24-in. LED Cinema Display looks like a stylish aluminum-and-glass monitor featuring a bright, sharp screen saturated with vivid colors. But this environmentally friendly monitor is also a modern take on a docking station for Apple’s newest generation of equally stylish laptops.
In fact, that’s how Apple has positioned the $899 LED display, which was announced in mid-October at the same time the company unveiled two new “unibody” MacBooks and two new 15-in. MacBook Pro models. Those new laptops — and the revamped MacBook Air — were redesigned with this LED display in mind: They all feature a Mini DisplayPort, Apple’s version of the new industry standard DisplayPort, which feeds video from the laptop to an external monitor.