Apple is a company that, beyond its core devices and services, also has an eye on peripherals and accessories. That is why if you are wondering what monitors the Apple company itself sells, using its brand and components (Apple brand), in this post we are going to review what you can currently find.
Apple and desktop monitors
It is not the first time that Apple has entered the monitor market for its computers. Although a few years have passed between the first Thunderbolt monitors and the current range, the premise has always been simple: offer image quality and performance, using the most direct and fast connection methods possible. And yes, also following its “less is more” policy regarding the use of cables.
Although the peripherals that we could connect to an external monitor, such as the webcam, speakers and additional ports, Apple monitors have always followed the same premise as the iMac: everything (or almost everything) in one place. So once we have introduced some basic ideas of this product range, let’s see what are the external monitors that Apple currently sells.
Studio Display is the input range
This was the second monitor of a new consignment that Apple presented, and the truth is that it has some characteristics that can make it very interesting if we are video and photo editors, and we want to obtain image quality, color calibration and, in addition, , we want to have a very decent screen size. This model has a screen 27 inches and 5K resolution, but its screen is not its only strong point. But also, it becomes a very interesting option for what it already has incorporated (and that we will not need to buy separately):
- Integrated webcam. Ultra wide angle, 12 Mpx and with the Centered Framing mode.
- audio system consisting of three microphones and six speakers.
- Three UCB type C ports and a Thunderbolt 3 port with which we can connect a Mac directly.
And where are the HDMI connections? What if we have a MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air? The truth is that these monitors leave HDMI cables aside and instead use USB-C to USB-C cables with Thunderbolt technology, which provides a much greater amount of information that can be transferred, and in a much faster way. . In fact, video, audio and power will go from the monitor to our MacBook. And it is that a MacBook is charged with the same cable with which we are going to connect it to the Studio Display.
Pro Display XDR
with a screen of 32 inches and a 6K resolution, this monitor is focused for a purely professional sector. And at the highest level. This monitor is not a product focused on a more general public, as the Studio Display can be. In this case we have a screen with an extremely precise color calibration, and designed for very sophisticated creation and editing work:
- 1000 nits of sustained full screen brightness
- 1600 nits peak brightness
- 1,000,000:1 contrast
- 10-bit color depth
- Color range P3
In this case we do not have web cameras, or speaker system, or integrated microphones. As we have said, this screen is for high-level editing. But if we are looking for “extra” features, in return we have the possibility of using the monitor both in vertical and horizontal format, thanks to the supports and stands that Apple itself sells separately.