What to Expect From Apple's Next Studio Display and Pro Display XDR

Apple currently offers two external displays, including the Studio Display and the Pro Display XDR. It also sells the 24-inch iMac for customers who prefer an all-in-one desktop computer, but the larger 27-inch iMac was discontinued in March 2022.

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Below, we recap rumors about next-generation Studio Display and Pro Display XDR models, as well as a potential 32-inch iMac.

Studio Display

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Apple released the Studio Display in March 2022 alongside the first Mac Studio. The monitor features a 27-inch LCD screen with 5K resolution, a 60Hz refresh rate, P3 wide color, up to 600 nits brightness, a built-in camera and speakers, one Thunderbolt 3 port, and three USB-C ports. In the U.S., the Studio Display starts at $1,599.

There haven't been any specific rumors about a new Studio Display. However, in December 2022, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman said Apple was working on multiple new external monitors. He said at least one of these monitors could function as a smart home hub in a low-power state, but it's unclear which model he was referring to. In July 2023, Gurman said Apple's next-generation monitors would launch in 2024 at the very earliest.

There have been on-again, off-again rumors about Apple planning a new 27-inch external display with mini-LED backlighting and ProMotion support, which could allow for up to a 120Hz refresh rate, but the status of this project is not entirely clear. In April 2023, Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the display was slated for mass production in 2024 or early 2025. It's unclear if this monitor would be the next Studio Display.

Pro Display XDR

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Released in December 2019 alongside an updated Mac Pro, the high-end Pro Display XDR features a 32-inch screen with LED backlighting, a 6K resolution, a 60Hz refresh rate, P3 wide color, up to 1,600 nits of brightness, one Thunderbolt 3 port, and three USB-C ports. In the U.S., the monitor starts at $4,999, but the optional Pro Stand costs $999 extra.

Gurman said one of the new external monitors that Apple was working on was an updated version of the Pro Display XDR with an Apple silicon chip, something the current model lacks. In the Studio Display, an A13 Bionic chip powers features such as Center Stage camera framing, spatial audio, and Siri voice commands.

While no other features have been rumored yet, some additions that customers are hoping for include a webcam, speakers, and a higher refresh rate.

32-Inch iMac

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In October 2023, both Gurman and Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple was developing a 32-inch iMac for release in late 2024 or in 2025. Kuo said the larger iMac's screen would feature mini-LED backlighting.

In November 2023, Apple announced that it has no plans to release a 27-inch iMac with an Apple silicon chip. For customers who want a large-screened desktop setup, Apple recommended pairing the Studio Display with a Mac Studio or Mac mini. Apple did not explicitly rule out the possibility of a 32-inch iMac being released in the future.

Apple updated the 24-inch iMac with its latest M3 chip last year.

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Top Rated Comments

cheesygrin Avatar
23 weeks ago
Wish I could get excited about Apple displays. Unfortunately, since the “budget” (and over engineered) model starts at 1500, and I work with three displays, they’re a non-starter no matter how good they are.

Dell makes such good displays at reasonable prices, that don’t even look bad, that I just can’t even consider Apple displays sadly. Apple are gradually pricing themselves out of my range.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DHagan4755 Avatar
23 weeks ago
Hmmm what to expect? Hopefully a much better FaceTime camera for starters!
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CalMin Avatar
23 weeks ago

What I expect is that their monitors will remain overpriced and a really poor value, as usual
Overpriced? Perhaps. However value is very subjective.

The ASD is by far the best monitor I have ever owned. Yes it's expensive, but the fact that it integrates so beautifully with MacOS, looks right alongside my M1Pro MacBook Pro really makes it a joy to use and therefore worth every penny to me.

I actually bought it with a view to returning it, but having tested several 4K displays in succession, this was the only one that I was happy with. It's built like a tank, and for all the fussing about the webcam, it's just fine for Zoom/Teams calls. My boss doesn't need to see the bags under my eyes!
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Realityck Avatar
23 weeks ago
I'll just take a M3 Pro/Max 32" iMac please. They can improve the speakers since it be a larger display.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
swiftapplefan Avatar
23 weeks ago
I think it would be a great idea to allow tvOS or, even better, iPadOS but more desktop-like, to the Studio and Pro Display XDR, since they either have or will have an Apple silicon chip. Basically what Samsung does with the M series monitors.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
turbineseaplane Avatar
23 weeks ago
What I expect is that their monitors will remain overpriced and a really poor value, as usual
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)