The Apple Studio Display has only just been announced, but the monitor could soon be replaced by a “Pro” version with mini LED technology, according to a prominent leaker.
Display Analyst Ross Young tweeted that a mini LED version of Apple’s new prosumer monitor, possibly called “Studio Display Pro”, could arrive as soon as June.
Apparently, the lessor has “confirmed this with several companies in their supply chain” and that “production has already started on the panel for the new screen”. That June release date would, of course, likely mean a WWDC 2022 launch.
Still expecting a 27-inch MiniLED display from Apple in June. I suspect it could be a Studio Display Pro… I have confirmed this with several companies in their supply chain…March 10, 2022
While the arrival of a 27-inch Studio Display Pro just three months after the Studio Display might seem unlikely, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise either. Mini LED technology, which can also be found in televisions, should be the future of high-end monitors.
The Apple Studio Display also lacks some features that many creative professionals would appreciate, including HDR support and faster 120Hz refresh rates. Apple is also no stranger to mini LED technology, with its More expensive Pro Display XDR that incorporates such a panel, as well as its latest MacBook Pros and iPads.
But the arrival of a mini Studio Display equipped with LEDs is far from certain. Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo cast some uncertainty over the claims, but said on Twitter that “Apple may not launch new mini-LED products this year due to cost concerns.”
Although the Apple Studio Display is still only available for pre-order (ahead of the March 18 ship date), it looks like we won’t have to wait long to find out if it will indeed be joined by this rumored top of range. brother and sister.
Analysis: there is room for a Studio Display Pro
Apple’s current range of monitors consists of two hugely varied options: the aging Pro Display XDR ($4,999 / £4,599 / AU$8,499) and the new Studio Display ($1,599 / £1,499 / 2 AU$499). In theory, that means there’s definitely a gap for a Studio Display Pro, especially one that fills in a few of the gaps left by its newer sibling.
While the Apple Studio Display isn’t cheap, it’s also not exorbitantly priced considering the technology it packs in, which includes a six-speaker audio system with spatial audio, a three-way array microphones and a 12MP ultra-wide camera. The 5K display panel itself, however, isn’t a radical step up from existing rivals, which is perhaps why it’s relatively reasonably priced.
Mini LED technology is the future, however, and Apple has shown an increasing willingness to use it across most of its lineup. The technology’s smaller diodes mean more can be packed into a screen compared to a standard LCD – and that brings superior brightness, but also more precise backlighting. In other words, potentially OLED-level performance.
For a professional monitor, that would mean impressive contrast and support for HDR video editing, the absence of which was one of the Studio Display’s early criticisms. In reality, the current Studio Display is aimed more at prosumers, so a Studio Display Pro for high-end professionals would certainly make sense – the only question is where that might leave the Pro Display XDR.