Apple Computer is reportedly on the verge of releasing an entirely new range of monitors topped by a 30 inch screen with a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels with a viewable area of 29.7 inches. The move is yet another breakthrough for the folks at Apple - there are larger monitors available, and there are monitors with greater resolution available, but the combination of the two will offer significantly increased screen real estate at viewable resolutions.
The ever-innovative Apple is one of the most closely watched companies on earth and while the news appears speculative, there's a lot of detail in the rumours and plenty to fly in the face of what you'd expect - such as the new monitors being dramatically different in style and shape, will use a digital visual interface (DVI) connector (not Apple's proprietary ADC), and will be very thin (one inch is reportedly the thickness) and small.
Top resolution for most LCD computer monitors hovers in the 1600 x 1200 pixel range. There are a handful of expensive models (e.g. the AUD$4,999 24-inch Samsung 243T) on the market with 1920 x 1200 pixels. The Samsung both height adjusts and pivots so it can be viewed in portrait or landscape mode in the windows envoironment.
Then there's the Viewsonic VP2290B which is a 22 inch monitor with a resolution of 3840 x 2400, and is used in medical and military/satellite imaging - that's a whopping 9.2 megapixel screen and it's not for consumer usage because of the even larger price tag.
But the Apple 30 is expected to offer a new level of functional screen real-estate and research suggests there's quite a level of increased productivity to warrant the investment.