APPLE PRO DISPLAY XDR

Apple has a new Pro Display XDR for their high end workstations.

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  • A1999
  • MWPE2LL/A
  • 6016 by 3384 pixels (20.4 million pixels) at 218 pixels per inch
  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 576 LED backlight with local dimming
  • 1000 nits sustained (full screen), 1600 nits peak
  • 1,000,000:1 contrast
  • IPS P3 wide colour gamut, 10-bit depth for 1.073 billion colours
  • Superwide angle with high-fidelity colour and contrast at 89º left, 89º right, 89º up, 89º down
  • Fully laminated; 1.65% reflectivity (typical)
  • Thunderbolt 3, USB type-C with 3 downstream type-C connections
  • width: 71.8 cm (28.3 inches)
  • height: 41.2 cm (16.2 inches)
  • depth: 2.7 cm (1.1 inches)
  • 7.48 kg (16.49 pounds)
  • $4999 US, matte-panel version costs $1,000 more.
  • Stand $999 US, VESA bracket $199

It is compatible with all Macs with Thunderbolt 3, but only the 2019 Mac Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro can run the display at full 6K resolution; other Macs with Thunderbolt 3 are limited to running at 5120×2880 resolution. It provides up to 96W of host charging for MacBooks.

Any Mac model with Thunderbolt 3 ports paired with Blackmagic eGPU or Blackmagic eGPU Pro can add graphics support. The downstream USB-C ports have 96W of power to handle charging a MacBook Pro battery etc.

Professional video studios use 12G-SDI for higher resolution cameras and displays. The lack of a coax connector for SDI means that professional video equipment cannot be displayed directly. 12G-SDI is widely used in the digital film sector for handling uncompressed video. Some Apple laptop users will need a Blackmagic Design eGPU to be able to use this panel better.

This panel is substantially brighter than most panels in the studio. Only the expensive Sony reference panels offer as good of color and brightness. The Dell 8K panel is comparatively poor in color and contrast by comparison.

Apple evidently has a full array of LED behind the IPS display to provide such a bright and vivid display. More panels are now coming to market with full array LED backlight primarily to improve the overall brightness.

It’s worth noting that the Dell 8K panel now sells for about $3,500. It needs dual DisplayPort 1.4 cables which still does not deliver adequate bandwidth. DisplayPort 2.0 is really a better option at 8K. The VESA Mount Adapter is order number MWUF2LL/A

USING A PC

Recent Intel rigs can use a card like the Gigabyte Titan Ridge which can afford the support needed for the full 6K resolution.

AMD currently does not support Thunderbolt which is presently backed by Intel. Some have bought Apple Pro laptops with Thunderbolt 3 support and installed Windows on it.