Apple is said to be working on a new external display for early 2023 that will sit between its two current displays, the $1,599/£1,499 Studio Display and the $4,999/£4,599 Pro Display XDR. While no specifics have been confirmed, rumors suggest that it may be Apple’s first monitor to include a Mini LED display. The technology has previously been employed in other Apple products. It includes the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in 2021 and the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models.
Display Supply Chain Consultant (DSCC) analyst Ross Young believes the company’s next natural move is to include it in its display line. The usage of Mini LED in this type of device makes sense, as the higher contrast and black levels provided by the technology would be a significant advancement for anyone working with HDR video.
Its presence in the lineup would also provide more consistency while working across different Apple products. As would the rumored introduction of ProMotion functionality. It is now available on the iPad Pro and MacBook Pro. This enables a variable refresh rate of up to 120Hz, making the monitor suitable for gaming as well.
Size and specs
In terms of size, it’s likely to be a 27-inch display, the same as the Studio Display, and Apple’s standard panel size for some time. Creative professionals who need a larger display will still be pushed to the Pro Display XDR. But matching the size of the Studio Display is rumored since it will accommodate the widest number of consumers.
However, the rumored higher pricing for the new display suggests that we can expect extra functionality. Extra Thunderbolt ports are an option, which allows you to daisy chain a number of them together. It is presently not possible with the Studio Display because it only has one Thunderbolt port.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the new monitor will be powered by Apple’s A13 Bionic silicone processor. It is also found in the Studio Display. This will let the monitor run iOS and provide on-device capabilities like Center Stage. While it is a couple of years old, a more capable chip would give limited benefits for this type of device.
The new monitor is expected to be announced alongside new MacBook Pro models in the first quarter of 2023. It will be between January and March.
Keep in mind that this will be the third attempt to anticipate its launch. Ross Young had hoped to see it during WWDC in June, but design concerns delayed its release until October. As we now know, that October date also passed without a murmur. Owing to supply difficulties – it remains to be seen if this is the third time lucky with these speculations. As always, we’ll keep you posted on any developments.
Mini LED displays
According to media reports, demand for Mini LED displays in consumer items is declining. But demand for similar displays in other applications is increasing in anticipation of Apple’s switch to OLED screens for the iPad and MacBook.
According to MacRumors, which cites sources, Taiwanese company Epistar, which has been supplying Mini LED displays to Apple for some time, said that demand for mini-LED displays for use in consumer electronic devices is decreasing and that demand for Mini LED displays for use in dashboards and vehicle displays will spike in 2023.
Meanwhile, according to reports, Samsung is prioritizing the development of unique OLED screens. It will be utilized in specific iPad versions in 2024.
It was also alleged that Apple is collaborating with LG to develop an ultra-thin cover glass for use on the company’s foldable gadgets. Furthermore, Apple’s foldable iPhone may not be released until 2025. Apple is currently discussing a 20-inch foldable display with suppliers.
For years, the tech titan has been developing a folding iPhone design. Apple is also rumored to release a new iPad Mini with a faster processor. However, according to renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, it may not arrive until the end of 2023 or maybe the first half of 2024.
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