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Apr 12, 2001

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.

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
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macrumors member
Nov 2, 2018
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.


macrumors regular
Dec 12, 2017
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.
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macrumors G5
Oct 28, 2017
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.


macrumors 6502
Aug 4, 2003
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.


macrumors 6502a
Mar 20, 2008
“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.


macrumors regular
Jan 9, 2014
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.
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macrumors 6502
Jul 21, 2013
^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.
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