The LG UltraFine 5K Display Is Designed for the Ultimate Mac User Experience
The MacBook Pro (Late 2016) removed the Mini DisplayPort and HDMI connectors found on previous generations of MacBook Pro's. So how do you connect displays to the Thunderbolt 3 enabled USB Type-C ports found on the MacBook Pro (Late 2016)?
Apple introduced the LG UltraFine 5K Display and LG UltraFine 4K Display to support the new MacBook Pro (Late 2016) models. In addition to the 5K support, another important difference between the LG UltraFine 5K Display and LG UltraFine 4K Display is the LG UltraFine 5K Display use of Thunderbolt 3 and support of USB 3.1 Gen 1 downstream ports. The LG UltraFine 4K Display does not use Thunderbolt 3 (it uses DisplayPort Alt-Mode over USB Type-C) and only supports USB 2.0 downstream ports.
The LG UltraFine 5K Display offers up to 85 watts charging to the MacBook Pro (Late 2016) while delivery 5K through DisplayPort 1.2 technology over a single USB 3.1 Type-C cable. In addition, the LG UltraFine 5K Display includes built-in stereo speakers, camera, microphone and three USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C downstream ports. Note the LG UltraFine 4K Display only provides 60 watts of charging.
Unlike LG's first USB Type-C monitor, the LG 27 inch Class Ultra HD IPS 4K 27UD88-W Monitor (click here for pricing on Amazon), the LG UltraFine 5K Display only has USB Type-C ports and has removed the HDMI and standard DisplayPort connectors.
The LG UltraFine 5K Display and LG UltraFine 4K Display replaces Apple's own Thunderbolt Display but uses USB Type-C, DisplayPort Alternate Mode and USB Power Delivery technology to enable charging the MacBook Pro (Late 2016) while using the display, something that the previous versions of Thunderbolt could not do. The only thing missing from the previous Thunderbolt Display is access to legacy interfaces like Ethernet and Firewire.