Apple launched the Studio Display in June 2022, but that might not be the only new display coming out of Cupertino this year — we might also see an update to Apple’s Pro Display XDR.
The new version of the Pro Display XDR is said to have a 7K resolution, which is an increase over the current 6K resolution offered by the 32-inch pro display launched in December 2019.
The new screen is also expected to support Promotion and be equipped with an Apple chip.
New Pro Display XDR: Release Date
It seems likely that Apple will release this new monitor alongside the Mac Pro. We could see the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR at WWDC in June, but the release date will likely be later in the year — perhaps October 2022.
New Pro Display XDR: price
The Apple Pro Display XDR costs £4,599 / $4,999 and doesn’t even come with a stand (if you want a stand it will cost an extra £1,000 / $1,000).
In a December 2021 Power On newsletter, Mark Gurman hinted that the new monitor could be as “cheap” as half the price of the company’s more premium monitor. Gurman’s estimate would therefore suggest a price somewhere around £2,300/$2,500. However, his information at the time may relate to the Studio Display, which we now know costs £1,499/$1,599.
At the time, Gurman said, “A cheaper monitor, I think, would be a hot-seller for those looking to add a larger display to their new MacBook Pro without the equivalent of a luxury car down payment on the Pro Display XDR,” Gurman wrote at the time. “Right now, the cost of building that monitor has probably come down, and with a few tweaks and maybe a slight drop in brightness, Apple might be able to get a monitor of comparable quality (with a slightly smaller size) at maybe around the half the price.”
New Pro Display XDR: Screen
The most important part of the display is the screen. Here’s what we expect to see:
The new Pro Display XDR may have an even larger screen of 36 inches. This would allow Apple to increase the resolution to 7K without changing the pixel density.
The upcoming Pro Display XDR would have a resolution of 7K. Assuming it stays at 32 inches, that suggests a pixel density of up to 245 pixels per inch. This would be an increase from the current 218 pixels per inch. Alternatively, Apple can increase the screen size to 36 inches, as mentioned above.
It is believed that the new monitor will support ProMotion and will be equipped with an Apple chip, something that would open up some smart features.
The Studio Display has an A13 chip with Neural Engine, so it’s likely that the new Pro Display XDR will have the same chip – or perhaps a newer variant that will act as the graphics card for the display.
We don’t expect Apple to increase the brightness and contrast ratio of the Pro Display XDR. The XDR offers 1,600 nits of brightness, 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a super-wide viewing angle.