Apple’s rumored new monitor could be a lot cheaper than the Pro Display XDR

Even the stand for Apple’s $5,000 32-inch Pro Display XDR is famously expensive, but the next external monitor may be more reasonable, according to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman. In his latest Power On newsletter, he said Apple’s next external monitor is “destined to cost about half the price of the Pro Display XDR”.

Gurman also said he “hopes” it will launch in 2022, so it’s not super clear if that comes from an informed source. Earlier, he said the cost of building that monitor (which uses LED backlighting but no mini-LED technology) “probably dropped, and with a few tweaks and maybe a slight drop in brightness, Apple could be able to to get a monitor of comparable quality (in a slightly smaller size) for maybe about half the price.”

Apple is reportedly working on a number of smaller 24- and 27-inch displays, along with a successor to the Pro Display XDR, as noted by 9to5Mac. The latter could use an A13 Bionic chip and Apple’s Neural Engine to speed up learning tasks. Apple had to drop its claim “far beyond HDR” for the current Pro Display XDR model and was ridiculed by display expert Vincent Teoh for comparing it to a professional Sony reference monitor.

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