Apple building smaller, more affordable alternatives to Pro Display XDR

Apple building smaller, more affordable alternatives to Pro Display XDR

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Apple is currently building two smaller, more affordable alternatives to its 32-inch Pro Display XDR, according to a leaker. The company is also said to be working on a new high-end display with a built-in A13 chipset.

The new screens in early development reportedly use LG panels. And it remains unclear when they might hit the market.

Apple working on three new external displays

The current Pro Display XDR is quite possibly the finest, most color-accurate display you can pair with a Mac. But at a whopping $4,999 (without the $999 stand), it also one of the most expensive external monitors on the market.

So, in addition to a Pro Display XDR successor with its own integrated silicon, Apple is working on two smaller alternatives that are likely to be a lot more affordable, according to leaker @dylandkt on Twitter.

The displays, which reportedly will offer the same specifications, are said to be in testing in 24-inch and 27-inch size options. However, Dylan says they’re in early development for now, so these details could change.

As things stand, both monitors are using screens from LG — which also manufactures the panels for Apple’s existing Pro Display XDR.

A new 32-inch Pro Display XDR

Dylan also says the 27-inch version of the monitor, as well as the new 32-inch Pro Display XDR successor, will both offer ProMotion technology for a refresh rate of up to 120Hz — a first for an external Apple display.

The 32-inch model is also expected to pack its own A13 chip and Neural Engine, though it’s currently not clear what these chips will be used for. There’s also no word on when any of these displays might become available.

Dylan has a fairly decent track record when it comes to predicting Apple’s plans. He currently has a 77.5% rating from AppleTrack, and his tips regarding the 2021 MacBook Pro, iPhone 13 and 24-inch iMac were spot-on.