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Apple has reportedly abandoned plans to release a highly anticipated external monitor with mini-LED backlighting. This news comes from Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, who initially expected the monitor to launch in 2022. However, the release has yet to materialize and now Young says that Apple has “killed off” the display “for now”, for reasons that are unclear.
Despite shipping some display panels for the monitor last year, it’s unclear why Apple made the decision to cancel the release of the 27-inch monitor. Young did not provide any specific reasons for Apple’s decision and it’s uncertain if the company will ever release the monitor in the future or if it will remain canceled.
If the monitor had been released, it was rumored to support ProMotion, which allows for up to a 120Hz refresh rate. With the 27-inch size that was rumored, it’s possible the display could have been a next-generation version of the Studio Display, but it also could have been a new model positioned between the Studio Display and the higher-end Pro Display XDR. Currently, the Studio Display starts at $1,599 with a 5K resolution and no ProMotion.
The Studio Display was released by Apple in March 2022 alongside the Mac Studio, but it has not received any hardware updates since launching. Young has a good track record with display-related information about future Apple products, accurately predicting that ProMotion was coming to the iPhone 13 Pro and the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, among other details.
The mini-LED technology in question is a newer display technology that provides higher brightness and improved contrast compared to traditional LCD displays. It uses smaller and more numerous LEDs to produce more localized dimming, resulting in a more vibrant picture quality. Apple has already introduced mini-LED technology to its iPad Pro and MacBook Pro, but it remains to be seen if they will ever release an external monitor with this technology.
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This news will surely come as a disappointment to many Apple fans who were looking forward to the release of this monitor. It remains to be seen if Apple will ever release a 27-inch monitor with mini-LED backlighting, but for now, it seems that fans will have to look elsewhere for their external display needs.