The rumor: Apple still has one Mac that hasn’t been updated with Apple Silicon, but not for long, according to Mark Gurman (86.4% accurate, via Power On).
“Apple has a pro monitor in the works to go with the next Mac Pro—so it’ll probably be announced later this year alongside that high-end new Mac. Expect a 7K display and potentially a webcam, along with some of the new iOS ties featured in the low-end monitor,” Gurman says
Sam’s take: We assumed for some time that a new Mac Pro would launch this year, but Gurman seems to believe we’ll see not only that…but an updated version of the Pro Display XDR, too. As someone who uses the current-generation XDR, I’m really hoping for 120Hz ProMotion and a webcam, mic and speakers. Basically, a 32-inch ‘Studio Display Pro’.
The rumor: A new display from Apple could be dropping sooner rather than later, according to Mark Gurman (85.5% accurate, via Power On).
The details on Apple’s new monitor…
“I’m told Apple actually completed work on it months ago, and the device was due to launch soon after last year’s MacBook Pro. Apple’s last in-house monitor came in 2019 alongside the Intel Mac Pro” Gurman says
Sam’s take: It certainly sounds like Gurman thinks there’s a good chance that this monitor could be shown at Apple’s March 8 event. And if he feels that way…then I do, too. This is incredibly exciting.
“While it’s unclear whether the new Apple Studio Display is a replacement for the Pro Display XDR or a new option in the lineup with distinct features, people familiar with the matter told 9to5Mac that the new display has a 7K resolution”
9to5Mac speculates that this could mean a larger 36-inch display with a 218PPI density is coming
Sam’s take: This is…somehow crazier than the existing Pro Display XDR. A potentially 36-inch screen with 7K resolution? It’s safe to say this is not the consumer monitor that we’ve been hearing about. This is an even higher-end (and potentially more expensive) display for legitimate professionals who have coin to blow.
The rumor: Apple is making a new monitor that still won’t be affordable for most, according to Mark Gurman (87% accurate, via Power On).
Gurman reports that Apple is working on a new external display that is “destined to be about half the price of the Pro Display XDR,” Apple’s flagship monitor that currently retails for $4,999…plus an additional $999 for the stand
Our take: I’m smiling and chuckling while writing this because two racks is still way out of the price range for most folks. Still, I’m intrigued because anything cheaper than the current Pro Display XDR is at least some improvement. What we don’t know about this upcoming display are the details like sizing, resolution and features. Will this be a 24, 27 or 32-inch display? Will it be 4K or 6K? And most importantly, will it look good?
The rumor: Apple is working on a follow-up to their existing high-end display that will be as powerful as an iPhone 11, according to 9to5Mac (78.7% accurate, source).
To assist with more intensive tasks, an Apple-designed A13 processor may be inlaced on the next Pro Display XDR…alongside a neural engine
Apple first introduced the Pro Display XDR in June 2019 at WWDC alongside the revamped Mac Pro
No release date for Apple’s next high-end XDR display is known
Our take: Was really hoping this would be for the rumored lower-end consumer display that is in the works. But for those waiting for a second Pro Display XDR, these upgrades sound incredible and I’m glad to see Apple working to add more value to the five thousand dollar behemoth.