One of the most ridiculous announcements made at Apple’s WWDC on Monday was the new Pro Display XDR monitor. It’s a monitor made to pair with the new Mac Pro, complete with top-level specs and a staggering $5,000 starting price. CNET reports: The monitor’s chief feature is high-dynamic range, aka HDR. Doing HDR correctly requires a lot of horsepower to illuminate the screen, and the XDR monitor can get exceedingly bright — and stay that way. Apple says an advanced cooling system can maintain its 1,000 nits brightness “indefinitely.” The monitor has a full-array backlight with 576 zones of full array local dimming — more than just about any similarly equipped TV available. That advanced dimming tech likely contributes to the incredibly high 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio specification. At 32 inches and a resolution of 6,016 x 3,384, the Pro Display XDR is Apple’s largest retina display ever. While not used in many TVs (which are either 4K or 8K), the 6K resolution is increasingly popular for video capture, with cameras like the Pansonic Lumix S1H, Sony Venice, and models from Red doing 6K. Apple has also improved the screen to better control reflections and offers a new matte option called “nano-texture, with glass etched at the nanometer level for low reflectivity and less glare.” The matte option brings the price of the monitor up to $6,000. Apple also talks up its polarizer technology and wide off-axis viewing angle. Pre-set reference modes include HDR video (P3-ST 2084), Digital Cinema (P3-DCI) and Photography (P3-D65). In traditional Apple fashion, the Pro Display XDR does not ship with a stand — you’ll have to buy that separately. The optional $999 Pro stand allows users to articulate the screen and place it in various positions. It has tilt, height, and rotation adjustment, meaning you can rotate it from landscape to portrait mode, juts like your iPhone. Apple is also selling a VESA mount adapter for $199, but that will require you to buy another third-party stand.
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