Apple Cinema Display (20-Inch, Aluminum)

Apple Cinema Display (20-Inch, Aluminum) was a great departure in design. Meant to complement the Apple hi-end products, such as Power Macintosh G5 and PowerBook G4 models, it got an anodized aluminum casing with a slight bezel mounted on an aluminum stand with an adjustable hinge. The display also meets Electronics Standards Association (VESA) mounting interface standard and can be mounted on a wall or an articulating arm. Technically it is an active-matrix LCD matte display with maximum resolution of 1680×1050 pixels with an integrated two port USB hub, two FireWire “400” ports and the industry standard DVI (Digital Video Interface) socket. Thus, the Apple Cinema Display (20-Inch, Aluminum) is compatible not only with a Macintosh but also with an IBM desktop.

Apple Cinema Display (20-Inch, Aluminum)

Introduction Date: January 28, 2004.


  • Code name: Cinema Display.
  • Frame material: Anodized Aluminum.
  • Display Type: TFT LCD.
  • Display Size: 20-Inch.
  • Format: “wide-screen”.
  • Optimum Resolution (pixels): 1680×1050.
  • Supported Resolutions (pixels): 1024 x 640, 1280 x 800, 1680 x 1050.
  • DPI/PPI: 100.
  • Dot/Pixel Pitch: 0.258 mm.
  • Max. Display Colors: 16.7 Million.
  • Viewing Angle: 170 degrees horizontal, 170 degrees vertical.
  • Response Time: 16 ms.
  • Brightness: 250 cd/m2, 300 cd/m2 (since August 7, 2006).
  • Contrast Ratio: 400:1, 700:1 (since August 7, 2006).
  • Built-in Audio: No.
  • Built-in Camera: No.
  • USB 1.0: 2.
  • Firewire: 2 (400).
  • DVI: Yes.
  • ADC: No.
  • Power: 65 W.
  • Supported MacOS: 10.2.8.
  • Dimensions: 16.1 x 18.5 x 6.8.
  • Average Weight: 14.5 lbs.

Apple Models, Discontinuation, Price

Apple Order No: M9177LL/A.

Apple Model No: A1081.

Discontinued Date: February 19, 2009.

Original Price: $1299.


  • On, August 7, 2006, Apple increased the quality of the display — providing brightness of 300 cd/m2 and a 700:1 contrast ratio.
  • DPI (dots per inch) or PPI (pixels per inch) is a critical parameter of image quality a display can present. The higher is the number, the sharper is the image, because technically a picture on LCD screen consists of millions of tiny dots. Their density determines the screen resolution. Dot/Pixel Pitch marks the distance between those dots, whether they are placed close enough to each other. In this case, the lower is the number, the sharper is the image.
  • See Apple Cinema Display Error Codes for details.



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