Studio Display to remain Apple's cheapest external monitor with 24-inch and 4.5K option ruled out
Mark Gurman has published more analysis about upcoming Apple releases, just a few weeks after the company revealed the Studio Display and Mac Studio. According to Gurman, the Studio Display will remain Apple's most affordable monitor for the foreseeable future, which starts at US$1,599. However, that price does not include nano-texture glass or a height-adjustable stand. Selecting these options bring the Studio Display to a heady US$2,299, despite Apple's decision to omit ProMotion technology on a 'studio' display.
Purportedly, Apple has no plans to release the panel in the iMac as a dedicated external monitor, either. For reference, Apple equips the iMac with a 4.5K display that supports True Tone technology and up to 500 nits of brightness. Currently, there is no way to use the iMac as an external monitor, a restriction that applies to other all-in-one machines like the Surface Studio 2 as well.
Incidentally, there had been rumours that Apple would re-use this panel as an entry-level option in its monitor portfolio, with 27-inch and 32-inch models tipped to feature 120 Hz and mini-LED panels. While Apple has no plans to bring a cheaper monitor to market, it remains focused on developing a Pro Display XDR successor. Reputedly, the monitor will deliver a 7K native resolution, up from the 6K of the Pro Display XDR. Hopefully, this high-resolution display will receive a better response than the Studio Display, which failed to impress in early reviews.