Apple Pro Display XDR launched, but is it worth it?

32 inches of pure pixel magic! But is it worth it?

Today Apple announced the new Mac Pro 2019 along with iOS 13, iPad OS and a lot of other things at the WWDC 2019 event. The company also unveiled its new display i.e. the Apple Pro Display XDR where the XDR stands for extreme dynamic range. It’s a professional grade monitor for pro users and HDR related workflows!

Apple Pro Display XDR specifications

If we talk about the tech specs then this is a 32″ IPS LCD monitor with a resolution of a massive 6016*3384. It’s a 16:9 monitor and Apple has called this as Retina 6K. It has support for DCI-P3 wide colour gamut and the panel used is a 10-bit native one.

One of the key features for this display is the brightness. The display can reach a peak level of 500 nits with SDR content. But with HDR content Apple claims that this display can reach up to 1000 nits of brightness for the whole surface. This is extremely bright for a lot of use cases and specifically for a display which you might end up staring at the whole day long!

To push things even further Apple has claimed that you can push it to 1600 nits under 25° Celsius temperature for limited periods of time!

The panel used is an LCD panel, so to get full HDR quality it requires full array local backlight dimming. The Apple Pro display XDR comes with 576 zones which can be manually turned on or off in order to provide better contrast & less blooming artefacts on the screen.

There are different colour standards that you can choose from in order to fit your current workflow. The options include from the most basic sRGB to HDR Video P3-ST 2084 which is essentially what we know as HDR 10 or Dolby vision. It supports every other colour format in between. In essence, this monitor covers most of the colour standards for every professional need.

Apple has put in a lot of effort in their Pro Display XDR. The monitor supports multiple refresh rates. It supports 47.95 Hz, 48 Hz, 50 Hz, 59.94 Hz and 60 Hz refresh rates. So professionals can work with different frame rate content easily without having to worry about motion blur.

Apple Pro Display XDR price and details

The great laughing stock here is the stand for this monitor. The Pro stand is $999 all by itself if you just buy it without the monitor. It supports various height adjustments and you can also tilt the monitor into portrait orientation using this stand. The stand can also be easily detached from the monitor via just one single button.

The Apple Pro display XDR comes with 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports on the back. They can also be used as USB-C ports. The monitor works specifically with Thunderbolt-based devices only.

Pricing for the Apple Pro Display XDR is ridiculous at $4999 and the Pro stand is priced at $999. There’s the VESA Mount Adapter as well at $199. The display would be available by September or so.

So guys what do you think about this jaw-dropping but ridiculously expensive display by Apple? Do let us know in the comments section below!

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Apple Pro Display XDR launched, but is it worth it?

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