Multiple new Apple monitors in the works, including an updated version of the $5,000 Pro Display XDR

New Apple external monitors should cover price ranges between the $1,600 Studio Display and the high-end $5,000 Pro Display XDR model.

  • What’s happening? Multiple new Apple monitors powered by Apple silicon are reportedly in the works.
  • Why care? Apple currently offers two displays but expanding the family will bring choices to people who deem the current monitors too pricey or inadequate.
  • What to do? Watch this space as we’ll continue tracking this rumor.

Multiple Apple external displays may be in the works

The revelation comes in the latest installment of Mark Gurman’s Power On newsletter on Bloomberg, in which he also details what’s up with an Apple silicon update to the current $6,000 Intel-based Mac Pro workstation.

According to Gurman, Apple is working on multiple new external monitors, including an updated version of the high-end Pro Display XDR that launched alongside the overhauled Mac Pro in 2019.

He stopped short of giving specifics—we don’t know how many external displays might be coming, what their panel sizes might be and how much they’ll cost. An analyst previously predicted that Apple would launch a Pro-branded version of the Studio Display Pro featuring mini-LED and 120Hz ProMotion support in June 2022, but that didn’t come to pass.

The current Studio Display and Pro Display XDR models are equipped with panels measuring 27 inches (5K resolution) and 32 inches (6K resolution), respectively.

As to when new displays might launch, Gurman speculates that Apple’s “next high-end display may ship after the Mac Pro, as the computer is further along in development than the monitor.”

Apple-silicon powered displays

Apple's Studio Display and Mac Studio are featured sitting on a work desk in this lifestyle photograph
Image: Iewek Gnos / Unsplash

Gurman claims in his newsletter that the upcoming displays will use custom Apple silicon and run a version of the iOS operating system, like the current Studio Display monitor which runs an Apple A13 Bionic chip with 64 gigabytes of storage.

With it, the user can0 take advantage of spatial audio, Hey Siri and Center Stage even if their Mac doesn’t support those features. On top of that, the chip’s image signal processing significantly improves the output from the monitor’s integrated twelve-megapixel camera during video calls.