The first day of Apple’s highly anticipated Worldwide Developers Conference has come to a close. In typical fashion, the first day is reserved for an Apple Special Event Keynote that highlights Apple’s software efforts across iOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS, and other developer toolkits. Sometimes, Apple uses this event to tease new hardware, this year, Apple officially announced an all-new Pro Display XDR alongside the redesigned Mac Pro. Here’s everything you need to know about the new Pro Display.
Apple Pro Display XDR
The successor to the Thunderbolt and Cinema display is finally here. The all-new Pro Display features a large, 32-inch 6K Retina panel. The Pro display is capable of 1600 nits of brightness with support for the P3 Wide Color Gamut and 10-bit color depth.
The term “XDR” in Pro Display XDR means the Pro display takes traditional High Dynamic Range (HDR) to the next level. The Apple Pro Display XDR features advanced LED backlight technology that provides amazing color and contrast.
“Typical LCDs are edge-lit by a strip of white LEDs. The 2D backlighting system in Pro Display XDR is unlike any other. It uses a superbright array of 576 blue LEDs that allows for unmatched light control compared with white LEDs. Twelve controllers rapidly modulate each LED so that areas of the screen can be incredibly bright while other areas are incredibly dark. All of this produces an extraordinary contrast that’s the foundation for XDR,” says Apple.
Apple claims the technology allows the Pro display to have 25x better off-axis viewing than most LCD panels.
The 6K Retina panel on the Apple Pro Display XDR is a 16:9 display with a resolution of 6016 by 3384 pixels, and 218 pixels-per-inch. The LED backlight technology features 576 full array local dimming zones. The Pro display also supports True Tone technology for non-professional, regular nighttime usage.
The Apple Pro Display XDR features an inch-thick aluminum enclosure with a rear lattice pattern design.
Apple says the machined lattice design allows for “more than double the surface area of the display to be exposed to air, facilitating additional airflow and acting as a heat sink. This allows for fast and quiet cooling, enabling Pro Display XDR to sustain an extreme level of brightness indefinitely. Inlet and exhaust vents work through this pattern to draw in cool air and eject hot air away from the system, limiting the potential for hot air to be reingested.”
The optional Pro Stand features aluminum construction that is fully adjustable with height, tilt, and rotation adjustments. The Pro Stand offers a total height adjustment of 120 mm (60 mm in each direction from the midpoint).
A unique feature of the Pro Stand is the Pro Display connects to it through magnets. “Effortlessly attaches and detaches for quick and easy transportation. The puck-shaped magnetic connector is designed to attach to the back of the display and locks the Pro Stand and the display together. To detach, simply unlock the slider and tilt the display far back to release the magnets, then lift the display off the Pro Stand,” says Apple.
The Pro Stand is a standalone option that costs $999. The Pro Display comes in two models: The Standard Glass model costs $4999, and the Nano-texture glass model is $5999. Pro Stand and VESA Mount Adapter sold separately.