Apple Announces Pro Display XDR

Alongside the unveiling of the long-awaited Mac Pro at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple announced the Pro Display XDR, a new display bringing exceptional color depth, high dynamic range, and other performance features to partner with their new workstation.


The Pro Display XDR is a 32-inch LCD display with a 6016x3384 Retina 6K resolution, offering nearly 40 percent more screen space than the Retina 5K display found on the iMac. A P3 wide color gamut and true 10-bit color for over 1 billion colors will provide the true-to-life viewing experience required for video and photo editing, color grading, and animation.

Pro Display XDR also introduces the industry’s best polarizer, offering a wide color-accurate viewing angle for collaborative work. Anti-reflective coating is applied to reduce screen reflection. For an additional cost, Apple also offers a matte option featuring a new nano-texture, with glass etched at the nanometer level, to scatter reflected light and reduce glare.

The highlight of the announcement was Apple’s focus on delivering high dynamic range. Branding this technology “extreme dynamic range” (XDR), the Pro Display XDR uses a direct backlighting system with a large LED array to produce 1000 nits of full-screen brightness and 1600 nits of peak brightness. Using the same aluminum lattice pattern found on the new Mac Pro as a heat sink, the display can sustain 1000 nits of full-screen brightness indefinitely. This technology is capable of delivering a 1,000,000-to-1 contrast ratio, bringing the brightest highlights and the darkest blacks like never before.

The Pro Display XDR mirrors the Mac Pro’s focus on flexibility and performance. The Pro Stand sports a counterbalance arm to allow users to easily reposition the display, making the unit feel almost weightless while doing so. The stand provides tilt and height adjustment, and supports rotation into portrait mode for tasks such as photo retouching, web page design, and coding. The Pro Stand is detachable, allowing for quick teardown and setup should the display need to be taken on location. For users with unique mounting requirements, a VESA mounting adapter is interchangeable with the Pro Stand. The Pro Display XDR will connect seamlessly to the Mac product line via Thunderbolt.

This performance does not come cheap. The Pro Display XDR ships in the fall for $4999, with the matte nano-texture option available for $5999. The Pro Stand is sold separately for an eye-popping $999, while the VESA mount adapter will be available at $199.

For Apple’s official announcement on their new display, check out the Apple website here. If you have further questions about new Apple tech coming out of WWDC, reach out to Nodal!