Apple Pro Display XDR: features, price, release date and specs

BySigismondo Eisenhower 2019-07-02 3132

Apple is building another monitor: The Pro Display XDR is super expensive, packed with sophisticated technology - and shows 20 million pixels!

Actually Apple didn't want to build monitors anymore and preferred to leave that to other manufacturers like LG. But the LG Ultrafine 4K and LG Ultrafine 5K displays were unpopular with real Apple fans and at times bitchy. For the new Mac Pro, Apple is building a new screen itself, which was announced at the WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference, June 3-7, 2019). COMPUTER BILD introduces the monitor.

Apple Pro Display XDR

Apple Pro Display XDR: Over 20 million pixels

In terms of resolution, the Pro Display XDR sets a new scent mark with its 6K resolution: it shows 6016x3384 pixels (20.4 million pixels). So far only extremely few monitors like the Dell UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD 8K or sinfully expensive 8K TVs like the Sony KD-85ZG9 have been so detailed. Due to the high resolution, the Pro Display XDR is extremely detailed, despite a screen diagonal of 32 inches (about 80 centimeters) - it shows 218 ppi ("pixel per inch"). This is about a third finer than a 27 monitor with 4K resolution (3840x2160 pixels, 163 ppi) and about twice as fine as a conventional full HD monitor in 24-inch format (1920x1080 pixels, 93 ppi).

Apple Pro Display XDR: Extremely bright with HDR

The name suffix XDR stands for "eXtreme Dynamic Range", because the new Apple display should achieve extremely high contrast values of 1:1000000 and be able to display HDR photos and videos ("High Dynamic Range", extended contrast range) in full splendour. Often only devices with OLED technology, such as the LG OLED C9, achieve such values. Apple wants to achieve this without an organic light-emitting diode and is instead building a backlight with blue LEDs behind the LC display. The LED lighting is divided into 576 zones, allowing bright and dark areas to be illuminated to different degrees. Apple's display is top in terms of luminosity: in HDR mode, it is expected to permanently achieve 1,000 candelas per square meter, briefly even up to 1,600 candelas per square meter. This is significantly brighter than is usual with most monitors, which usually only manage around 250 to 300 candelas per square meter in the test, models with more than 400 candelas per square meter are very rare. But the lush luminosity is also necessary for perfect HDR reproduction. In normal mode (without HDR) the Apple display should deliver 500 Candela per square meter, which would be a very good value. Between LCD and LED lighting there is a whole arsenal of foils that distribute the brightness and convert the blue light into white. This is supposed to provide a particularly high picture quality, but together with the complex monitor electronics it also makes the display a bit thicker (27 millimeters).

Apple Pro Display XDR: cinema-like colours

Typical Apple: The Pro Display XDR comes without controls. It adjusts itself largely automatically. The few adjustments that the user makes himself are made via the connected computer. Especially for photo and video editing, the Apple display supports professional colour modes such as DCI-P3. The monitor should come to the user already perfectly calibrated - a subsequent adjustment with measuring devices such as Datacolor SpyderX is not planned. As is usual with newer iPhones and iPads, such as the iPhone XS Max and the iPad Pro (2018), the Pro Display XDR has a sensor that is supposed to adapt the color display to the ambient light. The special chip used for this (TCON for "Timing Controller") works at ten times the speed of the image display. This is intended to enable particularly precise control of brightness and color reproduction.

Apple Pro Display XDR: Matt, but not cloudy

The standard model of the Pro Display XDR comes with a glossy surface. It's hardly supposed to reflect - but if you want, you can get the new Apple monitor with a matte screen surface for an extra charge. The coating used is extremely fine. This is intended to prevent a loss of sharpness due to scattered light, which can occur with cheaper monitors due to a simpler display coating.

Apple Pro Display XDR: Thunderbolt and USB-C

On the back there are one Thunderbolt 3 and three USB C ports (unfortunately only with the slower USB 2.0 technology). The Thunderbolt 3 socket is used to connect the computer and also supplies it with power, for example when a MacBook Pro is hanging on the monitor. The Pro Display XDR charges devices with up to 96 watts and is therefore a bit more powerful than Apple's most powerful USB-C power supplies (maximum 87 watts). That should even be enough for the MacBook Pro generation.

Apple Pro Display XDR: Price and Availability

Like the new Mac Pro, the Pro Display XDR will come in autumn. On request, interested parties can be informed via the product page if the monitor is available for order. Buyers have to dig deep into their pockets for the Pro Display XDR. Only the US prices are fixed (as always in the USA without "Sales Tax"): 4,999 US dollars (approx. 4,300 euros) for the standard version, 5,999 US dollars (approx. 5,300 euros) for the version with matt display. In addition, there is the monitor foot for 999 US dollars (approx. 880 euros) or the VESA mount for 199 US dollars (approx. 177 euros). The Euro prices are likely to be noticeably higher once again - the start is presumably at just under 6,000 Euro for the monitor.

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