Hands on with Apple’s amazing Pro Display XDR

With Retina 6K resolution, gorgeous color and extreme brightness and contrast ratio, Pro Display XDR is the world’s best pro display.
Apple’s Pro Display XDR

The first 32-inch Retina 6K display ever. Up to 1600 nits of brightness. An astonishing 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and superwide viewing angle. Over a billion colors presented with exceptional accuracy. And dynamic range that transforms the professional workflow. Introducing Apple Pro Display XDR, simply the world’s best pro display.

Andrew O’Hara, AppleInsider:

The display arrives in a large — yet thin — cardboard box. Opening the box, which boasts an unusual linen-like texture, reveals the display centered above a small box of peripherals… After removing both the soft paper shell and adhesive screen protector, we finally get a good look at the Pro Display XDR.

In-person, it feels much thinner than we had originally expected, but it is a very solid-feeling block. There are no curved or beveled edges other than the slightly rounded corners… The display was exceptionally bright and even with our glossy model did an excellent job of reducing glare. If you prefer a glare-free option, Apple does sell a nano-etched model for an extra $1,000.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s utterly gorgeous! Here’s hoping Apple will also soon make some nice displays for mere mortals, too!

Despite all the social media shade thrown at the price of the Pro Stand, the fact that Apple has created such an aspirational product has created plenty of demand in the Mac ecosystem for a less expensive Apple-branded display. And since Apple has clearly invested so much into making a cutting-edge computer monitor, it would be surprising if the Pro Display XDR is the only product it makes. A separate (lower-priced) prosumer monitor and improved displays of future versions of the iMac would make a lot of sense…MacDailyNews, June 6, 2019


  1. Something no one has really addressed: the prices for this stuff will come down as their technology becomes more ubiquitous. Though I agree the current prices are a tad egregious, Apple future-proofed the hell out of this new pro hardware, it’ll be in service for years.

  2. I know someone who has a really nice Apple display that would be wonderful… except that the thing is so old he can’t find plug adaptors to connect it to a modern computer! (It only runs at half resolution because it needs some kind of double (VGA?) adaptor or something.)

  3. I’m willing to bet most content production departments won’t have a problem paying for a $1000 Pro Stand that matches the quality of the Apple Pro Display XDR monitor. They’re a matched set that should go together. Fortunately, I don’t require a monitor of that high quality so the cost of the Apple display and stand combo is no concern of mine. People may complain about the price and such but they’re both very well-made and attractive products. I’m sure the display and stand will last many, many years and should be well worth the money spent.

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