As one of Apple's products that has gone the longest without an update of any kind, the Cinema Displays are definitely beginning to look a bit long in the… cable. Introduced in June 2004, the Cinemas gained DVI inputs and a new aluminum design to match Apple's Pro machines. The lineup has more or less remained dormant since then.
However, while Apple added iSight cameras to its other machines, it quietly discontinued the standalone version last year. This strange retirement refreshed rumors of a change in the iWind for Cinema Displays, but alas, plenty of announcement opportunities and events have come and gone with nary a word from Apple.
Now, ZDNet is shaking the rumor tree again with an observation that Apple has moved the Cinema Displays from its online store's main page during a supposed minor design shuffle. You can, however, still get to the displays by clicking Mac Accessories > Displays in the left-hand navigation, and they still ship within 24 hours. Typically, if a product in Apple's online store is on the verge of a revision, shipping times shoot through the roof. This reorganization of Apple's online store is likely more about optimizing for holiday shopping than preempting a new display.
If the Cinema Display is, in fact, about to receive a redesign, I doubt that it'll happen at Macworld '08. Like we've said before, outside of a few exceptions (like the new Intel-based MacBook Pros accompanying iMacs at Macworld '06), pro hardware usually doesn't have much of a place at Macworld. That stuff is mostly reserved for other more pro-friendly events like WWDC, NAB, or simply Apple's own press events scattered throughout the year.
Still, there's no arguing that the Cinema Displays need a makeover—particularly one that includes an iSight camera and HDMI support. That said, I think the overall design is looking just fine, and it still perfectly complements the aesthetic of Apple's pro lineup. If anything is actually in store for Apple's displays, we probably still have to wait a bit longer.