Set up and use Apple Pro Display XDR

Learn about Pro Display XDR and how to set up and use it with your Mac.

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Pro Display XDR is the first 32-inch Retina 6K display that features a 6016 x 3384 resolution, up to 1600 nits of brightness, a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio with a P3 wide color gamut, and a superwide viewing angle.

Integration with macOS lets you control brightness, and you can use the many built-in reference modes to set your color space and other display characteristics. You can rotate Pro Display XDR 90 degrees and macOS automatically adjusts window and display orientation.

Set up your Pro Display XDR

Learn how to choose a location for your display, connect your display to Pro Stand or the VESA Mount Adapter, and connect it to your Mac.

Choose a location for your display

Pro Display XDR uses a new True Tone technology with dual ambient light sensors to monitor the lighting around your display. For the best experience using Pro Display XDR, place it in a location where a lamp or other light source won't be directly in front of or behind it. Or, turn off True Tone in System Settings (or System Preferences) > Displays.

If there’s a light source in front of or behind your display and it appears brighter than expected, learn what to do.

Attach Pro Stand or the VESA Mount Adapter

Pro Stand easily attaches to Pro Display XDR through a magnetic connector that locks into place. Learn how to attach Pro Display XDR to Pro Stand.

If you already have a VESA mount, attach the VESA Mount Adapter to use Pro Display XDR in your existing setup. When you use the VESA Mount Adapter with your Pro Display XDR, set up your display so that its screen is facing forward, not parallel to the ground. Never position it facing fully up or fully down, such as from the ceiling. Learn how to attach the VESA Mount Adapter.

Connect your display

Connect the included Thunderbolt 3 Pro Cable (2 m) to the Thunderbolt 3 port on your display and a Thunderbolt 3 port directly on your Mac, not daisy-chained through another Thunderbolt 3 device or hub.

Pro Display XDR doesn't have any buttons and automatically turns on when you plug it into power and connect it to your Mac.

Use reference modes

Pro Display XDR is factory calibrated for professional workflows and includes many reference modes suitable for different production environments. Learn how to choose reference modes and set your favorites.

System requirements and compatible Mac models

Pro Display XDR requires a Mac with a Thunderbolt 3 port and macOS Catalina 10.15.2 or later.

Compatible Mac models

Pro Display XDR supports a resolution of 6016 x 3384 with 10bpc on these Mac models:

Refresh rates

You can switch between these refresh rates on your display:

  • 47.95Hz

  • 48.00Hz

  • 50.00Hz

  • 59.94Hz

  • 60.00Hz

Learn how to change the refresh rate on your Pro Display XDR.

Cleaning Pro Display XDR

Pro Display XDR includes a polishing cloth to clean the display. Learn how to clean Pro Display XDR.

If your display appears brighter than expected

If you place Pro Display XDR in an area where a light source is directly in front of or behind the display and your display appears brighter than expected, turn off the automatic brightness and color settings:

  1. Choose Apple menu  > System Settings (or System Preferences), then click Displays. If you have multiple displays connected, select your Pro Display XDR in Displays settings.

  2. Turn off True Tone.

  3. Turn off "Automatically adjust brightness".

  4. Drag the Brightness slider to the desired level.

Learn more

If your display isn't detected or can't use its highest resolutions or refresh rates, learn what to do if your display has a dark screen (no video) or low resolution.

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