Apple’s two-year transition to its own silicon is finally over, with the exception of one product: the Mac Pro. Another device that isn’t part of the Mac silicon transition, but users are excited to see where it’s headed next, is the Pro Display XDR.
Both products were presented by Apple during WWDC19 and aimed at the most demanding customers. Here’s a summary of Apple’s plans for the next Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR.
In November 2020, Apple began its two-year move to its own silicon. The company closed it in March 2022 after unveiling the new Mac Studio, the 9to5Mac only reported about it.
At the end of the Peek Performance event, Apple also teased that a Mac Pro using its own silicon was also in the works, although the company has nothing else to share at the moment.
Bloomberg has been reporting since last May that Apple is working on a completely new Mac Pro with 40 cores.
Codenamed Jade 2C-Die and Jade 4C-Die, a redesigned Mac Pro is said to be available in 20- or 40-core variants, consisting of 16 high-performance or 32 high-performance cores and four or eight high-performance cores. The chips would also include either 64-core or 128-core options for graphics. The core count is above the 28 cores offered by today’s Intel Mac Pro chips, while the high-end graphics chips would replace parts now made by Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
About the Mac Pro theme, Bloomberg says it “is expected to look like a smaller version of the current theme.” While there are some M2 Macs available now, it’s still not clear when Apple plans to start talking more about the Mac Pro.
What about the Pro Display XDR?
In July 2021, 9to5Mac exclusively reported that Apple has been working on a new external display with a dedicated A13 chip and also a Neural Engine, which we now know is the Studio Display.
9to5Mac also exclusively reported that Apple is working on another display, this time it could replace the Pro Display XDR with a 7K panel.
Although it’s unclear whether the new Apple Studio Display is a replacement for the Pro Display XDR or a new option in the lineup with different features, people familiar with the matter said 9to5Mac that the new display has a 7K resolution.
In comparison, the Pro Display XDR has a 32-inch 6K (6016 x 3384) panel with 218 pixels per inch. A higher resolution could mean that the new Apple Studio Display has a higher pixel density of 245 PPI, or that it retains the same 218 PPI as the Pro Display XDR but on a larger 36-inch panel.
Analysts Ming-Chi Kuo and Ross Young have differing views on what the Pro Display XDR could offer, we reported in March.
(…) In fact, Ross Young says he expects Apple to get a 27-inch 5K resolution mini-LED display as early as June. Your analyst firm believes production has already begun.
However, Ming-Chi Kuo suggested the exact opposite, tweeting that Apple may not launch new mini LED products this year due to high cost concerns.
With the powerful M Series chips and new Studio Display, the most demanding users are excited to see how Apple will revamp its premium products with the next-generation Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR.
Are you looking forward to the launch of these products, or do you think Apple’s current lineup will suffice for your needs? Do share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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