Apple gets a lot of things right, but it has a difficult relationship with displays. They’re either way too expensive for most people to buy, or they sacrifice specs for a lower price tag than can still be beaten by competitors.
The 2019 Pro Display XDR is mostly remembered by some for the price of the stand, and this year’s Studio Display failed to impress many. But the latest rumor is that Apple may release updates to both of these next year. Do you need a new screen today? See our selection of the best 4K monitors and the best monitors for photo editing.
This year saw the launch of the Apple Studio Display in March, and while it’s an interesting display for creatives, it also felt like a missed opportunity, with a lack of HDR and limited ports (see our Apple Studio Display review). Apple’s other display option is the astronomically priced 32-inch 6K Pro Display XDR, which launched way back in 2019 alongside the Mac Pro.
But it looks like in 2023 we could see updates to both these devices. According to sources consulted by Bloomberg (opens in a new tab)Apple is working on “several new external displays” that will contain Apple Silicon and rely less on the resources of the machine running them.
No further details have been given, but rumor has it that the updated display will come out after the new Mac Pro because it runs behind the computer, which itself is delayed – allegedly due to delays in the development of the M2 Ultra chip that will power the . Now the Pro Display XDR is launching at a starting price of $4,999, with the ‘Pro Stand’ costing an additional $999. With high inflation, it’s hard to imagine the updated screen costing less.
It’s been suggested that we could also see a sequel to Apple’s much more affordable 27-inch Studio Display. Again, there are no details, and it sounds early for it since the original was only released in March, but if Apple can iron out some of the bugs in the 2021 model and add HDR and a better refresh rate, this could be the screen we’ve been wanting from the Cupertino giant.
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