Tuesday, Mar 08, 2022, 15:32 Mac: Hardware

Report – Mac Studio & Better Apple Pro XDR Display In Development

This year is also shaping up to be quite an interesting year for the Mac – although users haven't really had much to complain about in that regard since the middle of 2020, when Apple announced its switch from Intel to in-house Apple Silicon processors. The first M-chips arrived in November 2020, and by the end of 2021 there were already new MacBook Pro models with the M1 Pro and M1 Max. However, the transition isn't over yet – the successors to the 27" iMac and the Mac Pro are still missing. Now, it appears as if Apple is planning to add a new rank to the Apple lineup, as per 9to5Mac – a crossover between the Mac mini and Mac Pro could be releasing soon.

The Mac... Studio?
Although the name "Studio" isn't yet carved into stone, 9to5Mac does claim to have discovered the project's code name: "J375". The product should be based on the Mac mini – only with a considerably more powerful processor. The base model should carry the 2021 MacBook Pro's M1 Max processor – with a further upgraded variant also available and derived from the same processor. As early as last year, Mark Gurman reported that Cupertino was in the process of whipping up a smaller Mac Pro with 40 CPU and 128 GPU cores. 9to5Mac believes that this device could be the "Mac Studio".

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However, it's still unclear when Apple might release the new Mac mini/Pro crossover device, and although we are expecting to see some new Macs at the upcoming event next week, 9to5Mac doesn't hold a release before this summer's WWDC for likely. The price of the "Studio" is still unknown.

New & Improved Pro XDR Display?
Apple has sold the current Pro XDR Display alongside the current Mac Pro since 2019, when both of the devices were initially released. Last year, there were even some reports that Apple might be working on a successor to the current display – after all, it has been 3 years. However, most of these reports concerned a cheaper, slightly inferior variant of the current one. The next Pro XDR Display may also be more affordable, but it should still be a step up from its predecessor. 9to5Mac is now also reporting that the minds at Apple are working on a high-end, 7K monitor with a screen size between 32" and 36" (the current version supports up to 6K and is 32" max). There were also a few reports last summer that Apple's high-end display would receive an A-chip to assist in controlling the backlighting, along with other features. The "code" for the project is supposed to be "J327", and there's no known release date – but it's possible that Apple might release the monitor alongside the next Mac Pro in the fall or winter of 2022.

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