Apple's worldwide developers conference is just a week away and while we already know it's going to be about new software updates – iOS 13, macOS 15, and more all are expected to debut – we've also heard enough lately suggesting that some groundbreaking "Pro" hardware is likely to take the stage as well.
Hardware announcements aren't going to be the pedestrians we've seen most lately – Apple has already got new iPads, new iMacs, and new MacBooks out of the way – but it's a lot more exciting: The new modular Mac Pro that We've heard about for a few years, sounds like it's almost ready to debut.
Along with that, we have heard in recent months that Apple will give a big return to the display industry with a new ultra-high-end Pro screen that comes in at 31
What we know so far
All rumors say that the new screen is coming this year, and it makes a lot of sense for Apple to debut it with the new Mac Pro – it's such a high-end display that it almost Definitely designed explicitly for this class of users. While there have been suggestions that Apple could eventually enter the market for more affordable 4K monitors, it seems that Apple is at least still happy with its LG partnership.
While we've only heard more specifically about the new screen for a couple of months now, Apple has been listening to it for at least two years – when Senior VP Phil Schiller first confirmed that Apple was working on Macro retirement, he also suggested Apple would come back to pro screens.
Internally known only with the codename J290 – a moniker significantly less exciting than most Apple products get – 9to5Mac notes that the new screen is expected to be a DCI-P3 monitor that will naturally support HDR, Brightness, Night Shift and Apples True Tone Technology – Everything we expect more or less to include in a premium display.
Apple's True Tone technology was first introduced on the iPad Pro, and is designed to provide a high degree of color accuracy by adjusting the white spot on the screen to match ambient lighting. While Apple also supports True Tone technology on its older Thunderbolt display and Apple-designed LG UltraFine monitors when connected to one of its newer MacBooks, it sounds like the new monitor can support the native feature, no matter what it is connected to.
Of course, the new display is also expected to have "deep integration" with macOS, so users can fine-tune the settings and store them as preset display profiles that they can quickly switch between or transfer to other devices. The saved presets will include minimum and maximum brightness, color space, auto brightness, white point, night shift, and more, and can be set as shortcuts in the menu bar, allowing users to quickly switch between different profiles for different creative projects, such as use a photo editing profile and another to work with video. With Apple's move to USB-C on iPad Pro, we would also not be surprised to see similar integration on the iOS page.
While the size of the screen has not yet been confirmed, recognized analyst Ming-Chi Kuo pegged it at 31.6 inches, and the 9to5Mac has suggested that the resolution will be 6240 x 2880 in an ultra-wide-screen form factor. There has been no real information so far about pricing or availability or what type of expansion port options the new monitor will include, even though it is a sure bet that there will be a Thunderbolt 3 display and have at least a few TB3 and USB-Cs. -ports built We will be surprised if we do not see it introduced on stage next week, but it can only be a preview for an actual release later this year.