Become a MacRumors Supporter for $25/year with no ads, private forums, and more!

MacRumors

macrumors bot
Original poster
Apr 12, 2001
56,993
19,862


Apple completed work on an external display "months ago" and has planned to launch it shortly after the latest 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman said in his latest Power On newsletter.
Pro-Display-XDR-Red.jpg

Apple is rumored to be working on two external displays, one being a direct successor to the high-end Pro Display XDR and a more affordable consumer-level display. According to Gurman, Apple completed development on a next-generation external display "months ago" and planned to launch it shortly after it debuted its latest MacBook Pros in October 2021.

Apple is expected to announce a new high-end and redesigned Mac mini during Tuesday's "Peek performance" event, and the launch of a new affordable external display alongside it seems logical. The display could cost around half of the Pro Display XDR, placing it at around $2,500.

A report this week from 9to5Mac suggested that Apple is working on a display with a 7K resolution and an A13 chip built-in. That display, however, is apparently separate from the more affordable option the company has been working on.

Alongside a new Mac mini and the possibility of a new external display, Apple is expected to announce a new iPhone SE and iPad Air with 5G and faster performance, an updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 Apple silicon chip, and a possible "wildcard" product announcement.

Article Link: Apple Completed Development on External Display 'Months Ago,' Could Launch During Tuesday's 'Peek Performance' Event
 
Last edited:

Seanmitc

macrumors member
Nov 2, 2018
31
21
Guelph, Ontario
This is the rumour I've been waiting for! Will be a great replacement for my Thunderbolt Display.

Couldn't care less about the iPad Air getting a better flash or a new version of an 8 year old design. Would be great if Thunderbolt4 technology now allows for additional Thunderbolt ports, instead of usb-c like the Pro Display XDR.
 

tlab

macrumors member
Dec 12, 2017
83
109
The rumoured 7K display *isnt* going to be more affordable than the 6K XDR? This is the kind of in-depth rumour analysis I’m here for.
 
  • Like
Reactions: amt2002 and Cayden

Wxchaser

macrumors 601
Oct 28, 2017
4,941
12,678
Indeed... $2500 is quite affordable for those of true faith... are you not of the body?

Now if they're gonna take the XDR and just reprice it then hey I'm 100% in (they'll make it up on the stand which will remain the same price)
I hear you, brother.
 

neilw

macrumors 6502
Aug 4, 2003
370
528
New Jersey
Why can’t we just have the iMac screens in an iMac style case. If it costs more than a total computer they’ve lost the plot.
I feel like, when it comes to standalone displays, they have indeed lost the plot. Hoping to be proved wrong in the near future. Although I am not currently in the market for an external display (happy 24" iMac user), this glaring hole in their product lineup really bugs me.
 

Ubele

macrumors 6502a
Mar 20, 2008
800
248
“Affordable, consumer-level” (which, of course, is relative to how much money you have to spend) to me would be a 5K display that, combined with a Mac mini, would be similar in price to a comparably specced 27” 5K iMac. Two years before I got my home iMac in 2019, I bought a 4K Samsung monitor to use with my company Windows PC laptop when I worked from home. It cost $300. That was affordable, and it’s perfectly fine for what I do. But to spend $2,500 on a monitor, I’d either need to have a lot more disposable cash, or I’d need to be using it to make money, which would remove it from the “consumer-level” category.
 

MacRumorUser78

macrumors regular
Jan 9, 2014
123
57
Why not an option to use the display in recent iMacs with a Mac Mini—Target Display Mode?

I wouldn't mind a faster iMac than my 2017 27" and the display is plenty good enough. I'm already booting from a fast SSD which is a significant improvement.
 
  • Like
Reactions: hxlover904

DarkCole

macrumors 6502
Jul 21, 2013
314
321
^Yeah, but if it’s mini-LED and ProMotion, the price could be justified. ?‍♂️
Unlikely but having GSYNC/FreeSync would be awesome too.. I could share the monitor between my Mac and gaming PC. This would also increase the cost of the monitor.
 
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.