The launch of Apple’s much-anticipated 27-inch external display with mini-LED backlighting has been delayed yet again, according to display industry analyst Ross Young. Young, who has a proven track record of accurately predicting future Apple products, says there have been no signs of the display entering mass production, suggesting a launch is not imminent. The display was previously expected to launch in the first quarter of 2023.
Up to 120Hz refresh rates
Young has not provided an updated timeline for the release of the display, which was expected to support ProMotion technology for up to 120Hz refresh rates. The 27-inch size of the display suggests it could be a next-generation version of the Studio Display, or a new model between the Studio Display and the high-end Pro Display XDR. The current Studio Display features a 5K resolution and starts at $1,599.
Apple released the Pro Display XDR in December 2019 and the Studio Display in March 2022, both with new Mac Pro and Mac Studio, respectively. Apple’s Mac Studio is potentially on the chopping block, with the company weighting upgrading or killing off the product.
Young is the CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) and has accurately predicted in the past that the iPhone 13 Pro and high-end MacBook Pro models would feature ProMotion, the 6th-gen iPad mini would have an 8.3-inch display, and the latest MacBook Air would have a slightly larger 13.6-inch display.
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