Apple's Pro Display XDR Now Supports Customized Reference Modes

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Apple on Tuesday released firmware version 2.2.2 for its Pro Display XDR, adding support for customized reference modes. The feature also requires macOS 10.15.4 and is reflected in the release notes for the update.

In a new support document, Apple says advanced users can create customized reference modes tailored to unique workflow needs by selecting from several color gamut, white point, luminance, and transfer function options.


When a firmware update is available for the Pro Display XDR, you may be prompted to restart to apply the update. Otherwise, the update is applied the next time the display is disconnected and reconnected to a Mac or power supply. To check the firmware version of your display, click on the Apple logo > About This Mac > System Report > Graphics/Displays.

Priced at $4,999, the Pro Display XDR is a 32-inch 6K monitor with a P3 wide color gamut and true 10-bit color support, 1,600 nits of peak brightness, a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and a super-wide, off-axis viewing angle. It is compatible with the 2019 Mac Pro, 2018 and later 15-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, 2020 MacBook Air, and 2019 iMac models.

Firmware 2.2.2 for the Pro Display XDR also includes minor stability improvements.

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PickUrPoison

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Can it be customized to cost less?
It’s designed for a specific niche market, and I don’t mean for a colorist or as a mastering monitor.

But there is plenty of workflow prior to those final production steps where reference monitors weren’t being used before the XDR’s release, including editing, where the XDR slots in well.

Before complaining about the XDR’s price, you might want to talk to someone in the applicable target market.
 
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Jury

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The verdict stated that Apple Pro display does not have any value in pricing and the colorist refuses to recommend it due to the false advertising as a replacement for a reference monitor.
 
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it already is customized to cost less. Please go research reference monitor prices and you will find this is a bargain.

Other monitors in this class cost the same as a car.... ~$35k and above.
Beg to differ slightly. There are no other monitors in this class imo. Apple's monitor isn't a reference monitor in the way that term is typically used in that industry. That's not a knock. The monitors you're referencing ← intended - are in a different class intended for a different audience... hence the costs associated with them. The XDR serves a different audience.
 

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it already is customized to cost less. Please go research reference monitor prices and you will find this is a bargain.

Other monitors in this class cost the same as a car.... ~$35k and above.
It's still not comparable to those reference displays. It's not like Apple cracked how to make an equal monitor for 1/7th of the price.
 

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Not sure what the hell is customized reference modes but I want a “this dude is trying to make a selection in Affinity Photo” screen with Apple logo for around 999$.
 

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it already is customized to cost less. Please go research reference monitor prices and you will find this is a bargain.

Other monitors in this class cost the same as a car.... ~$35k and above.
Except the XDR cannot be compared to Sonys BVM-HX310.
 

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Apple on Tuesday released firmware version 2.2.2 for its Pro Display XDR, adding support for customized reference modes. The feature also requires macOS 10.15.4 and is reflected in the release notes for the update.

In a new support document, Apple says advanced users can create customized reference modes tailored to unique workflow needs by selecting from several color gamut, white point, luminance, and transfer function options.


When a firmware update is available for the Pro Display XDR, you may be prompted to restart to apply the update. Otherwise, the update is applied the next time the display is disconnected and reconnected to a Mac or power supply. To check the firmware version of your display, click on the Apple logo > About This Mac > System Report > Graphics/Displays.

Priced at $4,999, the Pro Display XDR is a 32-inch 6K monitor with a P3 wide color gamut and true 10-bit color support, 1,600 nits of peak brightness, a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and a super-wide, off-axis viewing angle. It is compatible with the 2019 Mac Pro, 2018 and later 15-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, 2020 MacBook Air, and 2019 iMac models.

Firmware 2.2.2 for the Pro Display XDR also includes minor stability improvements.

Article Link: Apple's Pro Display XDR Now Supports Customized Reference Modes
 
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