Yesterday I wrote a video describing my mind on Apple's upcoming 6K screen. After thinking about it, I change what I think this screen will look like. At other thought I don't think there will be a 16 × 9 screen at all, instead I think it will be an ultra-wide screen.
The reason for the change in thought is partly due to an insightful message left in the comments of my original post, and partly due to having a day to truly marinate on the idea, run the characters, and most importantly, think about more than just mumble.
Finally, I think Apple's upcoming professional screen will basically be a true ultra-wide 5K display, a 5.5K display if you want. Apple can market this as a 6K display, which is not out of the bounds given its 6K3K dimensions.
Watch my video when I present an updated discussion on the Apple 6K screen.
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Starting with iMac Pro
Apple already has many modern, large screens in nature thanks to the iMac Pro (and 5K iMac). Many of these displays are already part of professional workflows, and this is especially true of iMac Pro.
It makes sense for a new monitor to suit some of the features of the iMac Pro, including vertical size and DPI. Such a design decision would ensure that the Apple 6K Display can act as a seamless extension of the already existing iMac Pro that many already own, while being able to function as a stand-alone monitor for upcoming Mac Pro and other Mac computers.
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Ultra wide for content creators
Instead of just producing a pure copy of the iMac Pro, it looks like Apple can plan to get an ultra-wide version of 5K display to the market. The idea of ultra-wide displays is not new since we recently rated LG's 5K2K UltraWide – but it would be for Apple.
The problem with LG's display, which has a 5120 × 2160 ultra-wide resolution, is that it has less resolution than a standard 5120 × 2880 5K display. In other words, it's not a real 5K screen, it's more of a 4.5K screen.
It seems that Apple will solve this problem by creating a screen that starts with a true 5K footprint while expanding it horizontally with extra pixels to act as an ultra-wide. This extra horizontal property benefits content creators, especially when working with apps, such as Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro and others, with long horizontal timelines.
6240 × 2880 native resolution
The original resolution for the upcoming Apple screen is likely to be 6240 × 2880, a true 5K footprint, expanded horizontally with extra pixels to act as an ultra-wide screen. These extra pixels carry it all the way into the "6K" area, so the Ming-Chi Kuo report from the screen is a well-matched 6K or 6K3K display.
Aspect ratio 2.17: 1 is a widescreen aspect that is great for content creators. It is also the same aspect ratio shared by the iPhone X.
Such a panel would enjoy a pixelated Retina standard resolution of 3120 × 1440, providing good work space, while providing users with very sharp, readable text.
31.6-inch display panel
However, filling in the existing iMac Pro goes beyond the corresponding vertical height of the screen. Such a display will also need to match the DPI of Apple's existing 5K monitors to truly function as an extension of the existing display.
Calculation of PPI 27 inch 5K panel used in iMac based on resolution and size:
(√ (5120 ^ 2 + 2880 ^ 2)) / 27 = 218
A 6240 × 2880 display with a 217.57 PPI would result in a screen with a diagonal measurement of 31.59 inches, or 31.6 inches when rounding up. This 31.6 is the same number as Ming-Chi Kuo notes in his latest analyst report.
Calculation of the size of the Apple 6K screen based on resolution and PPI:
(√ (6240 ^ 2 + 2880 ^ 2)) / 218 = 31.6
The end result is a 6K3K ultra-wide screen with 6240 × 2880 resolution, measuring 31.6 inches diagonally and with a display panel height ( 13.2 inches ) and PPI (218) the same as the existing 5K panel of the iMac and iMac Pro. The width of such a monitor will measure 28.7-inch which is 3.1 inches wider than the iMac Pro, even when it includes brackets.
How does the 6K Apple stack stack up to other displays?
Here's how Apple's 6K screen stacks up to other popular displays on the market. As you can see from the illustration, the 6K3K monitor retains the entire resolution of 5K while offering additional horizontal real estate.
Such a display provides much more screen real estate than a 4K UHD display, along with significantly more pixels than LG's UltraWide 5K2K display. This screen will provide a true ultra wide experience without sacrificing vertical resolution. It is basically the display that the LG UltraWide 5K2K screen wants it to be.
The Apple 6K display would have 17,971,200 pixels versus 14,745,600 for the iMac Pro. There is a 20% increase in pixels. There is a huge 48% increase in available resolution compared to LG UltraWide 5K2K. Compared to 4K UHD, Apple 6K Display represents a huge 74% increase in resolution.
Look at this from a marketing perspective
Thanks to 5K iMac and iMac Pro, many people already use 5K monitors right now. It makes sense for Apple to market such a display to these users as well. Existing high performance iMac users will be able to add extra screen real estate to the machines they already own.
Another thing to consider is price. I suppose such a screen with relatively modest resolution in resolution would not cost nearly as much as a fully featured display, with much extra vertical and horizontal resolution. There is also the question of running such a monitor via Thunderbolt 3 and still has room left to accommodate the I / O built-in display.
Other Things to Consider
Such a design would obviously lack the big chin and legs found in today's iMac Pro. That means the Apple 6K monitor will require a redesigned stand to accommodate the height difference if Apple were to prioritize the displays that fit. A stand that can swing up or down will be a great new addition as today's iMacs can only tilt.
You also need to consider the possibility that Apple does not care to conform to previous products such as the iMac. It is possible that this may be a forward-looking display that prioritizes design paradigms of previous products. Perhaps this new screen will be made with the new Mac Pro primarily in mind, meaning things like vertical size and PPI can change.
The point is that we still don't know the answers to many long-standing questions, and won & # 39; I don't know the answer until more details arise about Apple's 6K screen. Still, I think a 6240 × 2880 native resolution 31.6-inch ultra-wide display is a clear option.
What do you think?
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