Apple stopped making branded displays after the Apple Thunderbolt Display
which was discontinued in 2016. Apple got back into the display market with the Apple Pro Display XDR, a companion display for the new high-end high-throughput modular Mac Pro.
Apple has contacted its customers to inform them that its new Mac Pro desktop computer will be available for order starting today, December 10th. The company has not yet announced, however, when units will eventually be delivered to customers or any information about the price of the specification build-to-order. This news came about at the same time as Mac Pro’s tower, and rack-mount models surfaced records of FCC approval.
The Mac Pro is an attempt by Apple to respond to six years of complaints about the 2013 Mac Pro. The 2013 model was not as flexible as some users expected and bet on a video architecture that did not pan out for target audience segments of the device. such as professionals in video production. The new device is a kind of middle ground between yore’s Mac towers that could house some industry-standard components that users could choose from, and the company’s current focus on proprietary hardware. Users will be able to purchase modular upgrades made by Apple and its partners specifically for the Mac Pro.
Connectivity and Ports
The Pro comes with eight PCIe expansion slots and provides up to 1.5 TB of memory and 12 DIMM slots ranging from eight to 28 cores. Pricing begins at $5,999, but we’re going to have to wait until tomorrow to see how many different enhancements add to the cost.
The Pro Display XDR Price and performance
The Pro Display XDR, priced at $4,999, is a niche display mainly aimed at creative professionals such as video color coding and photo editing professionals. The high price net buys a screen that can accommodate 1,000 nits of brightness and a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1.
The Pro Display XDR is a 32-inch 6 K Retina display with a resolution of 6016x 3384, offering over 20 million pixels for what Apple says is a super-sharp, high-resolution viewing experience with 40% more screen real estate than a Retina 5K display.
It has 576 blue LEDs, each of which is 10 times the refresh speed of the screen (60Hz) modulated. We don’t expect this to sell a lot of units. Still, the Pro Display could be a boon in some fields such as film production where multiple people in the pipeline have previously been prohibitively expensive (even compared to this) to see assets as consumers with high-end TVs or in movie theaters will ultimately see them.
Apple released its iMac Pro about the same time two years ago. but while some users were satisfied with the all-in-one solution, others were asking for a traditional desktop tower. The new Mac Pro is as close as it is likely to be. We may be able to see targeted delivery dates through the online store as orders start tomorrow.