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A rumored pro version of the Apple Studio Display may be arriving later than first thought, and the Covid-19 pandemic may be to blame.
Back in March, display analyst Ross Young claimed that Apple was working on a 27-inch Mini-LED display with a June release date. Originally thought to be destined for an all-in-one iMac, Young has since suggested that the panel will be a standalone Studio Display Pro that sits between the standard $1,499 Studio Display and $5,000 Pro Display XDR in Apple’s display product line.
Young now has a revised ETA for the panel. Thanks to Covid-19 lockdowns in China, the screen won’t be unveiled until at least October.
“The 27-inch Mini-LED monitor has been delayed as it was going to be produced at Quanta in Shanghai which has been locked down,” Young tweeted. “Production is in the process of being moved to a different location and has been delayed. It now looks like an October release.”
Apple leak! The 27″ MiniLED monitor has been delayed as it was going to be produced at Quanta in Shanghai which has been locked down. Production is in the process of being moved to a different location and has been delayed. It now looks like an October release.May 20, 2022
Mini-LED tech is something that Apple has been keen to push in its premium products, introducing it to both the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro last year. The display technology offers diodes that are a fifth of the size of standard LEDs, measuring between 200 and 600 micrometers across. Thanks to a higher density of diodes, mini-LED panels can offer tightly controlled lighting zones, leading to better contrast and deeper blacks.
But there’s a reason that mini-LED has been limited to Apple’s more expensive consumer products. It isn’t a cheap addition, so expect any Studio Display Pro to cost much more than the $1,499 Apple charges for its current Studio Display — especially if Apple is able to add 120Hz ProMotion support.
When Young was asked directly if he knew the price, he ominously replied: “No, but expensive.”
Indeed, it’s this expense that led one of Young’s analyst peers to conclude that Apple won’t be releasing a Mini-LED display in the near future….