Apple started manufacturing its monitors in 1980, when the Monitor III was introduced to match the Apple II and the Apple III computers. Since that four generations of CRT displays were introduced, as well as Apple LCDs which started with Apple Flat Panel display. Portable displays followed, and at the end of the 20th century external displays the first desktop flat-panel display was launched. Apple Cinema Display, whose first version appeared on the market in August 1999, marked a new era of Apple monitors. Today Apple Thunderbolt models are the only Apple’s external displays marketed by the company. The long history of Apple displays is marked by many new solutions, such as the introduction of the first color monitors, LCD displays, flat panel displays, portable displays and so on… The first Cinema Display was released in September 1999, and was available in different sizes. The Thunderbolt Display was introduced in July 2011.After many changes and improvements, Apple discontinued the Apple Cinema Display. Today the Thunderbolt Display is the only Apple display marketed directly by the company.
Apple Displays 1st Gen
Monitor III - CRT-based monochrome monitor (green phosphor or a white phosphor).
Monitor II - Cathode ray tube (CRT) based monochrome monitor.
Monitor IIc - Miniature 9″ screen was introduced to help complement its compact size.
Monitor 100 - First CRT monitor designed for the Apple III and Apple IIe families of personal computers.
Monitor IIe - Manufactured for the Apple II personal computer line, later renamed to AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe.
Color Monitor IIc - Renamed to Apple Color Composite Monitor IIc.
AppleColor RGB Monitor - Marketed as AppleColor High-Resolution RGB Monitor, "the ideal companion for your Apple computer in both design and usability".
Apple Displays 2nd Gen
Apple Macintosh Color Display - released in conjunction with the Macintosh IIvi and Macintosh IIvx computers.
Macintosh Two Pages Monochrome Display - Introduced with the MAC IIcx and the Macintosh Two-Page Monochrome Video Card, this was Apple’s first 2-page monitor for the Macintosh.
Macintosh Portrait Display - Introduced in March 1989, this model was Apple’s first full-page monitor for the Macintosh. It had a vertical alignment of the screen
Macintosh 12'' RGB Display - The model was introduced with the Mac LC in October 1999. It uses a 13″ Sony Trinitron CRT, which is curved horizontally but flat vertically. The monitor can sit on top of most desktop Macs.
Macintosh Performa Plus Display - this model was a low-end Goldstar-built 14″ monitor designed and fabricated for the Macintosh Performa series.
Apple Displays 4th Gen
The fourth generation of Apple displays was introduced in 1999. Designed with a translucent look, they were available in a 17'' Diamondtron and a 21'' Trinitron CRT (both driven by an LG-Manufactured chassis. The last Apple external CRT display was introduced in 2000 along with the Power Mac G4 Cube.
Apple Cinema Displays
Apple Cinema Display Original (22-Inch) - Introduced in September 1999, the flat panel Apple Cinema Display features a 22-inch computer monitor, developed by by Apple Inc.
Apple Cinema Display ADC (20-Inch) - an active-matrix LCD matte display with maximum resolution of 1680 x 1050 pixels.
Apple Cinema Display HD (High Definition, 23-inch) - an active-matrix LCD matte display with maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels.
Apple Cinema Display ADC (22-Inch) - an active-matrix LCD matte display with maximum native resolution of 1600 x 1024 pixels.
Apple Cinema Display LED (24-Inch) - meant to companion the laptops with small displays and a Mini DisplayPort (earlier Macs aren’t supported): the MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air.
Apple Cinema Display (20-Inch, Aluminum) - great departure in design. Meant to complement the Apple hi-end products, such as Power Macintosh G5 and PowerBook G4 models.
Apple Cinema Display (23-Inch, Aluminum) - meant to complement the Apple hi-end products, such as Power Macintosh G5 and PowerBook G4 models.
Apple Cinema Display LED (27-inch) - meant to companion the laptops with a Mini DisplayPort (earlier Macs aren’t supported): the MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air, as well as desktops featuring the same very port.
Apple Cinema Display (30-Inch, Aluminum) - meant to complement the Apple hi-end products, such as Power Macintosh G5 and PowerBook G4 models.