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Apple rumoured to be developing three new external monitors with up to 120 Hz refresh rates and mini LED backlights

Apple may replace the Pro Display XDR with a 120 Hz and mini LED successor. (Image source: Apple)
Apple may replace the Pro Display XDR with a 120 Hz and mini LED successor. (Image source: Apple)
According to new rumours from a typically reliable leaker, Apple is developing three new external monitors in collaboration with LG. The trio will offer up to a 120 Hz refresh rate across 24-inch, 27-inch and 32-inch screen sizes.

Leaker @dylandkt has published a thread containing information about three upcoming Apple external monitors. For reference, AppleTrack considers @dylandkt accurate 77.5% of the time, based on 40 rumours. By contrast, Mark Gurman offers 87% accuracy for his Apple leaks, with Jon Prosser lagging behind on 73.9%.

Reputedly, Apple is developing its new external monitors with LG Display, which supplies panels for the Pro Display XDR. One of these new displays is touted as a Pro Display XDR successor, but the cheapest will be a 24-inch model based around the display in the 24-inch iMac.

Accordingly, Apple's smallest external monitor will have an IPS panel that resolves at 4,480 x 2,520 pixels. It should also achieve a 500-nit peak brightness, even when displaying SDR content. Seemingly, the 24-inch monitor has a 60 Hz refresh rate.

By contrast, @dylandkt expects Apple's 27-inch and 32-inch monitors to deliver a 120 Hz refresh rate, matching the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16. Both monitors will rely on mini LED backlights as well, which Apple introduced with this year's iPad Pro 12.9. Incidentally, the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16 have mini LED panels, too.

Purportedly, the 32-inch monitor also could contain custom Apple silicon. It is unclear what the monitor would use this chip for, nor what chip it is. Previous rumours suggest that this could be an A13 Bionic chip though, potentially to improve performance when connected to an external device. Alternatively, the 32-inch monitor could utilise the A13 Bionic for AirPlay functionality.

Unfortunately, @dylandkt does not know when these three displays will arrive. Reportedly, Apple and LG remain in the early stages of development for all three monitors.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-12-16 (Update: 2021-12-16)