Here’s what we know about the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR

Apple’s two-year transition to its own silicon is finally over, except for one product: the Mac Pro. Another one that’s not part of the Mac silicon transition, but users are eager to know where it’s heading next is the Pro Display XDR.

These two products were introduced by Apple during WWDC19 and were aimed at the most demanding customers. Here’s a look at Apple’s plans for the next Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR.

It was in November 2020 that Apple began the two-year transition to its own silicon. The company concluded it in March 2022, after introducing the new mac studiowho 9to5Mac exclusively reported.

At the end of the Peek Performance event, Apple also announced that a Mac Pro with its own silicon was also in the works, although the company has nothing further to share at this time.

Bloomberg has been reporting since last May that Apple is working on an all-new Mac Pro with 40 cores.

Codenamed Jade 2C-Die and Jade 4C-Die, a redesigned Mac Pro is expected to come in 20 or 40 compute core variants, consisting of 16 high-performance cores or 32 high-performance cores and four or eight high-efficiency cores. The chips are also said to include 64 or 128-core options for graphics. The compute core exceeds the 28-core maximum offered by today’s Intel Mac Pro chips, while high-end graphics chips would replace parts now manufactured by Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

Of the Mac Pro’s design, Bloomberg says it “should look like a smaller version of the current design.” Even with some Mac M2s now available, it’s still unclear when Apple plans to talk more about the Mac Pro.

What about Pro Display XDR?

In July 2021, 9to5Mac exclusively reported that Apple is 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 may replace the Pro Display XDR with a 7K panel.

While it’s unclear whether the new Apple Studio Display replaces the Pro Display XDR or a new option in the lineup with distinct features, people familiar with the matter said 9to5Mac that the new screen has a resolution of 7K.

By comparison, the Pro Display XDR has a 32-inch 6K (6016 x 3384) panel with 218 pixels per inch. Higher resolution could mean the new Apple Studio Display will have a higher pixel density of 245 PPI or it will keep the same 218 PPI as the Pro Display XDR but on a larger 36-inch panel.

Analysts Ming-Chi Kuo and Ross Young have different views on what Pro XDR display could feature, as we reported in March.

(…) In fact, Ross Young says he expects a 27-inch mini-LED display to arrive from Apple as early as June, at 5K resolution. Their analyst firm believes that production has already started.

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.

Wrap

With the powerful M-series chips and the new Studio Display, the most demanding users are eager to discover how Apple will revamp its most premium products with the next generations of Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR.

Are you excited about the launch of these products, or do you think Apple’s current lineup is sufficient for your needs? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Steven L. Nielsen