Engineering:Apple Pro Display XDR

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Short description: Computer monitor sold by Apple Inc.
Apple Pro Display XDR
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Apple CEO Tim Cook shows a Mac Pro (middle) and Pro Display XDR (right) to Donald Trump
TypeComputer monitor
ManufacturerApple Inc.
AvailableYes (since 10 December 2019)
SloganBelieving is seeing.

The Apple Pro Display XDR is a 32-inch flat panel computer monitor created by Apple, released on December 10, 2019. It was announced at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference on June 3, 2019 along with the third-generation Mac Pro.[1][2][3] It is the first Apple-branded display since the Apple Thunderbolt Display was discontinued in 2016.[4]


The Pro Display XDR contains a 6016×3384 6K color-calibrated panel, and its rear cover contains a similar lattice pattern to the third-generation Mac Pro. To improve its contrast ratio and HDR capabilities, it uses blue-colored LEDs for its backlight instead of white, at a higher refresh rate than the display itself, and contains a system of "custom lenses and reflectors". The aforementioned lattice serves as a heatsink: Apple stated that this design gave the display sufficient thermal management to operate "indefinitely" at 1000 nits of brightness across the entire screen, and up to 1600 nits in an environment cooler than 25 °C (77 °F). The display is available with an optional laser-etched "nano-texture" glass finish to reduce glare.[1][3][5] The nano-texture version requires a custom "dry polishing cloth" included with the display and sold by Apple to clean it.[6]

Stands are optionally purchasable separately as an accessory, either the "VESA Mount Adapter" or "Pro Stand". Both use a proprietary magnet system to attach the display. The Pro Stand allows for height adjustment and rotation, and includes a lock switch that releases rotation when the display has enough clearance to rotate 90 degrees. Sensors in the display automatically rotate the user interface to portrait mode.[7][8] Apple partnered with Logitech to create a 4K webcam that attaches to the top of the display magnetically.[9]


The Pro Display XDR is compatible with the following Macs running macOS Catalina 10.15.2 or later:[10][11]

  • iMac: 2019 or newer, supports one display
  • iMac Pro: all models, supports two displays, limited to 5120x2880 output (or full resolution with a supported external GPU)[12]
  • MacBook Pro 15-inch: 2018 or newer, supports one display
  • MacBook Pro 16-inch: all models, supports two displays
  • Mac Pro: 2019 or newer, supports two displays (580X, Vega II), three displays (W5700X), four displays (dual Vega II, Vega II Duo), or six displays (dual Vega II Duo)
  • Macs with Thunderbolt 3 paired with a Blackmagic eGPU or eGPU Pro

It provides up to 96W of host charging for MacBooks.[13]


Shortly after the announcement, the stand came under criticism for being sold as a separate product, and at what was perceived to be an excessive cost for its function—retailing at $999.[14] Gizmodo noted, "the price for Apple’s Pro Stand is so high, the crowd at WWDC 2019 let out an audible gasp when its pricing was announced, and that was in a room filled with reporters, Apple employees, Apple developers, and other assorted Apple followers who really ought to be immune to Apple sticker shock by now."[15]The Verge jokingly dubbed the Pro Stand "the most expensive dongle ever".[7]

Technical specifications

Model Pro Display XDR[13]
Component 576 LED-backlit LCD
Release date(s) December 10, 2019
Model number(s) A1999[16]
Display 32 inches, TFT IPS active-matrix LCD, glossy glass or Nano-texture glass covered screen, 6K (6016×3384) resolution, LED 576-zone full array local dimming backlight.
16:9 aspect ratio (widescreen)
Pixel density (in pixels per inch) 218
Response time ??
Refresh rate 47.95Hz (48000/1001), 48.00Hz, 50.00Hz, 59.94Hz (60000/1001), 60.00Hz
Colors P3 wide color gamut, 10-bit depth for 1.073 billion colors
Contrast ratio 1,000,000:1
Brightness 1000 nits sustained (full screen), 1600 nits peak
Viewing angle 178° horizontal; 178° vertical
Power input 100-240 V AC @ 50–60 Hz
Material Aluminium frame and glass front
Cables and peripheral connections Cables
  • AC power cord

Peripheral connections

  • 3× powered USB-C ports (2.0 speed at full resolution, 3.0 speed at 5K)[13]
  • 1× powered Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port
  • Pro Stand
  • VESA Mount Adapter
Dimensions 16.2 in × 28.3 in × 1.1 in (41.2 cm × 71.8 cm × 2.7 cm) (display)
25.7 in (65.3 cm) – 21 in (53.3 cm) (height range in landscape mode)
31.7 in (80.6 cm) (height in portrait mode)
Weight 16.49 lb. (7.48 kg) (without stand)
26 lb. (11.8 kg) (with stand)

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Lee, Dami (June 3, 2019). "Apple announces $4,999 Pro Display XDR". Retrieved June 4, 2019. 
  2. "Apple unveils powerful, all-new Mac Pro and groundbreaking Pro Display XDR" (Press release). Apple. June 3, 2019. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Our first look at the new Mac Pro and Pro XDR 6K display". June 3, 2019. Retrieved June 4, 2019. 
  4. "Apple releases the $5,000 Pro Display XDR, a 32-inch, 6K display available this fall". June 3, 2019. Retrieved June 4, 2019. 
  5. "XDR vs. HDR: Why Apple's new 1,000 nit 6K monitor is such a big deal". June 3, 2019. Retrieved June 4, 2019. 
  6. Peters, Jay (2019-12-10). "Apple’s most expensive Pro Display XDR requires a special, Apple-made cloth to clean it" (in en). 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Gartenberg, Chaim (June 3, 2019). "Apple's $1,000 Pro Display XDR stand is the most expensive dongle ever". Retrieved June 4, 2019. 
  8. Holland, Patrick (June 3, 2019). "Mac Pro's crazy expensive Pro Display XDR doesn't even come with a stand". Retrieved June 4, 2019. 
  9. Gartenberg, Chaim (2019-12-10). "Logitech made a bespoke $200 magnetic 4K webcam for Apple’s Pro Display XDR" (in en). 
  10. "Pro Display XDR - Technical Specifications" (in en-US). 
  11. "Set up and use Apple Pro Display XDR" (in en). 
  12. Potuck, Michael (2019-12-13). "Apple Pro Display XDR works with iMac Pro, but with limitations" (in en-US). 
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 "Pro Display XDR – Technical Specifications". Apple. June 3, 2019. Retrieved June 4, 2019. 
  14. Woodyatt, Amy (June 5, 2019). "Apple monitor stand that costs more than an iPhone sparks online uproar". Retrieved June 7, 2019. 
  15. "How Ridiculous Is Apple's $1,000 Monitor Stand, Really?". 
  16. "Find the serial number of your Apple display" (in en). 

External links

  • – official site