Apple Cinema Display ADC (22-Inch)

The Apple Cinema Display ADC (22-Inch) is an active-matrix LCD matte display, which comes with a maximum native resolution of 1600 x 1024 pixels. As compared to its predecessor, the Apple Cinema Display Original (22-Inch), the display has more crystal-clear casing.

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Apple Cinema Display ADC (22-Inch)

It is enclosed in a high-density polycarbonate frame, which is mounted on an easel-style stand with an integrated two port USB hub and an ADC (Apple Display Connector) for analog and digital video input\output. It also has USB data transferring and a power supply. Apple Cinema Display Original (22-Inch) is compatible with the “Gigabit Ethernet” Power Macintosh G4/400, G4/450 DP, and G4/500 DP. The wide-aspect-ratio, digital flat panel was a breakthrough, because it offered a full support for HDTV resolution, ultra-sharp focus all the way to the edges, and gorgeous industrial design.

Release Date

  • September 1999
  • Upgraded on July 19, 2000


  • Code name: Cinema Display.
  • Frame material: Polycarbonate.
  • Display type: LCD.
  • Display size: 22-inch.
  • Format:Letterbox”.
  • Optimum resolution (in pixels): 1600 x 1024.
  • Supported resolutions (in pixels): 800 x 500, 800 x 512, 800 x 600 (stretched), 1024 x 640, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 800, and 1600 x 1024 (native).
  • DPI/PPI: 86.45.
  • Dot/Pixel pitch: N/A.
  • Max. display colors: 16.7 Million.
  • Viewing angle: 160 degrees horizontal, 160 degrees vertical.
  • Response time: N/A.
  • Brightness: 180 cd/m2.
  • Contrast ratio: 300:1.
  • Built-in audio: No.
  • Built-in camera: No.
  • Input: USB 1.0:2.
  • Firewire: No.
  • DVI: No.
  • ADC: Yes.
  • Power: 77 W.
  • Supported MacOS: 9.0.4.
  • Dimensions: 18.9 x 23.1 x 12.2.
  • Average weight of Apple Cinema Display ADC: 25 lbs.

Apple Orders, Discontinuation, Price

Apple Model Number: M8149.
Apple Order Number: M8058ZM/A.
Discontinued Date: January 28, 2003.
Original Price: $3999.


  • The 22-inch Cinema Display offered only two kinds of connections, that’s two powered USB ports, or the ADC. Because there is no separate power supply, or even an alternative to the ADC for getting video into the display, users needed one of Apple’s new G4 machines (either a Cube or a tower) to run the Cinema Display.
  • Older Power Mac G4s that had digital video out, but not an ADC connector wouldn’t work with this display – an unfortunate limitation in what is otherwise a ground-breaking product.

Detailed Information

apple cinema display 22 inch - Apple Cinema Display ADC (22-Inch)
Model IdentifierN/A
Model NumberM8149
Part NumberM8058ZM/A
FamilyCinema Display
Dimensions18.9 x 23.1 x 12.2 in
Weight25.13 pounds
Display Size22 inches
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  • The ADC (Apple Display Connector) is an Apple DVI connector, which is capable of transferring analog and digital video signals, USB, and power. It was implemented in the last CRT Apple displays and polycarbonate LCD Apple Displays, until June 2004. It is not compatible with a standard DVI output; therefore, it was ditched in the Cinema Displays. The Power Mac G5 was introduced in October 2004 and was the last Apple product featuring ADC.
  • The first model, the 22-inch Apple Cinema Display, was introduced alongside the Power Mac G4 and used DVI for video input. It was enclosed in a high-density plastic frame with an easel-style stand, and had a display resolution of 1600 × 1024. This model was upgraded in July 2000 with the
  • Apple Display Connector (ADC), which ran DVI, USB, and 25V power through a single connector.
  • The 22-inch Apple Cinema Display was eventually replaced by a 20-inch model on January 28, 2003, that sported a widescreen display with up to a 1680 × 1050 resolution.
  • For most Mac users, this model was love at first sight, because the displays were in short supply, and with the release of the G4 Cube and multiprocessor Power Macs, Apple updated the $3,999 Cinema Display to support the new Apple Display Connector (ADC) and added a very important feature at the moment: availability.
  • It only takes up 12.2 inches behind the 22-inch Cinema Display with the stand fully extended, or 8.3 inches with the stand retracted. You can compare that with a CRT-based, 21-inch display that can be a couple of feet deep. As reviewers stated at the time, “if you’re looking for more screen to work on, but your office space is limited, if you have a new G4 and money is no object, the 22-inch Cinema Display is made for you”.
  • Apple introduced the next 23-inch Apple Cinema Display model, dubbed the “Cinema HD Display,” on March 20, 2002. This model supported full 1080p resolution. Later, on June 28, 2004, Apple introduced a redesigned line of Cinema Displays, along with a new 30-inch model that, like the previous model, carried the “Cinema HD Display” name. The new models had an anodized aluminum enclosure that matched Apple’s high-end lines of professional products.
  • To install the 22-inch Cinema Display, an alternative stand or a wall mount could be used with a VESA mount adapter kit that was sold separately. Though the display enclosures had not been redesigned for a long period of time, several “silent” improvements were made to the brightness levels and contrast ratios.
  • Apple recommended that users used only the power adapter that came with the display and the AC cord that came with the Apple manufactured power adapter for this display. Apple Inc. explained that adapters and cords for other electronic devices might look similar, but using them might affect the display’s performance or damage the display. The AC power cord has a three-wire grounding plug, (a plug that has a third grounding pin) which only fits grounded AC outlets. Apple also warns that if you are unable to insert the plug into an outlet because the outlet is not grounded, contact a licensed electrician to replace the outlet with a properly grounded outlet.
  • Here are some guidelines for adjusting your display, in order to reduce glare and to accommodate your physical size and shape: Arrange the display so the top of the screen is slightly below eye level when you’re sitting at the keyboard. The best distance from your eyes to the screen is up to you, although most people seem to prefer 18 to 28 inches. Position the display by tilting it up or down, in order to minimize glare and reflections on the screen from overhead lights and nearby windows.
  • To learn more about Apple Cinema Display ADC error codes, read our text about Error Codes.



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  • I couldn’t find any info about future Apple’s projects related to Cinema Display or Thunderbolt and so on. It seems, Apple’s forgotten about this direction.

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