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Apple’s rumored higher-end external display with mini-LED backlighting has suffered yet another setback, with reports suggesting that there are no signs of the display entering mass production.
The display was originally rumored to be released in June 2022 but has been delayed several times, with the latest rumors suggesting a Q1 2023 release. However, with no signs of mass production, it’s unclear when the display will actually launch.
The 27-inch display is rumored to feature a mini-LED panel, unlike the LCD panel used in the Studio Display, and is also rumored to support ProMotion for higher refresh rates up to 120Hz, using the same screen technology as the latest MacBook Pro models.
According to recent reports from Bloomberg, Apple is preparing multiple new external monitors with Apple Silicon inside, including a new version of the Pro Display XDR. 9to5Mac has also reported that Apple is developing a new external display with a 7K resolution.
Apple currently sells two external monitors, the Studio Display and the Pro Display XDR. The Studio Display was released earlier this year and starts at $1,599, while the Pro Display XDR starts at a hefty $4,999 (without a stand).
It’s unclear where the often-delayed 27-inch external monitor fits into Apple’s lineup, but it’s expected to be more expensive than the Studio Display, but not a successor to the Pro Display XDR. As the release date remains uncertain, it will be interesting to see what Apple has in store for the future of its external displays.