Apple's Pro Display XDR. Image courtesy Apple.

With Apple’s announcement of the new Mac Pro, Apple’s also announced a new monitor to accompany it. The Pro Display XDR is that monitor, and it is large.

Overview

It’s so large in fact that it’s the largest retina screen ever. It’s a 32″ 6K screen. The 6016×3384 Retina 6K resolution contains over 20 million pixels — nearly 40% more screen than the Retina 5K display. It has a P3 wide color gamut and true 10-bit color support. There’s also 1,600 nits of peak brightness, a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and a super-wide off-axis viewing angle. The contrast ratio should allow for a good distinction between bright highlights, dark blacks while retaining the detail between the two.

“The industry’s best polarizer technology”

Apple claims the front of the screen has “the industry’s best polarizer technology.” It should give the screen a superwide, color-accurate off-axis viewing angle that should allow multiple people to view photos and content accurately.

Additionally, there’s an anti-reflective coating and a “nano-texture” matte option. It uses a nanometer glass etching to reduce reflectivity and glare.

Apple's Pro Display XDR will release alongside the new Mac Pro
Apple’s Pro Display XDR will release alongside the new Mac Pro. Image courtesy Apple.

Direct backlighting system

The Pro Display XDF uses a number of LEDs in its direct backlight system. It’s able to produce 1,000 nits of full-screen brightness and 1,600 nits of peak brightness. That’s a brightness level that Apple says the monitor can hold up indefinitely.

“With an advanced thermal system that uses its aluminum lattice pattern as a heat sink, Pro Display XDR can sustain 1,000 nits of full-screen brightness indefinitely, something that has never been possible before on a display at this price point,” Apple says.

The stand

The stand won't come with the monitor
The stand won’t come with the monitor. Image courtesy Apple.

It is important to note that the monitor doesn’t come with the stand shown in the pictures. You have to purchase it separately. The stand does provide both tilt and height adjustment and allows the Pro Display XDR to rotate into portrait mode. The stand, however, will set you back $999, which will definitely be a huge con to many.

Pricing and availability

The Pro Display XDR will cost $4,999 without the stand. It will be out in the fall. You can learn more at apple.com.

Image courtesy Apple

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