Apple’s Pro Display XDR Now Supports Customized Reference Modes

Apple has released new firmware for its Pro Display XDR that allows users to customize their reference modes.

A new report from MacRumors explains that the new macOS 10.15.4 Catalina firmware update improves support for high dynamic range monitors as well as customized reference modes for Apple’s Pro Display XDR.

Apple release its 2.2.2 Pro Display XDR Firmware last night. The release notes state:

Adds support for customized Pro Display XDR reference modes that you can tailor to specific workflow needs by setting color gamut, white point, luminance, and transfer function options.

Apple’s Pro Display XDR until now only supported 9 presets which could be selected within the Displays section of System Preferences. Apple’s support website explains:

You can use the reference modes included with Pro Display XDR to match the production requirements of HDR, HD, SD video, and other media types. Each reference mode sets the color space, white point, gamma, and brightness on your display. Learn about each reference mode included with your Pro Display XDR.

The Cupertino company also released a new support document explaining how to use the new reference modes, which will allow users to create custom modes for different workflows by selecting different “color gamut, white point, luminance, and transfer function options.”

“Priced at $4,999, the Pro Display XDR is a 32-inch 6K monitor with a P3 wide color gamut and true 10-bit color support, 1,600 nits of peak brightness, a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and a super-wide, off-axis viewing angle. It is compatible with the 2019 Mac Pro, 2018 and later 15-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, 2020 MacBook Air, and 2019 iMac models,” concludes MacRumors.