What monitor could be more expensive than Apple’s Pro Display XDR? How about two of them? According to an Apple patent guard, Apple invented a dual-display stand that allows two Pro Display XDR screens to be perfectly balanced without getting in the way.
Obviously Apple Discovered patent 11371644 was issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The patent discloses a stand with two legs, a rotating shaft across the top to allow two Pro Display XDR monitors to hang, and a rotatable rack and pinion shaft to perfectly align both monitors.
Most people use individual stands for their dual monitor setup, and those stands can get in the way. Then there’s the problem of aligning the monitors just right, a frustrating task for professionals. Apple’s new patent aims to solve these problems with the dual display stand.
“Designers of computing devices often want to control the positioning of a computer monitor or similar display at any height and orientation best suited to the user’s needs,” Apple wrote in the patent background. “While various existing display stands allow for tilt, rotation, and vertical height adjustment of monitors, these features often come at the expense of comfortable and natural use.”
The dual display keeps its two legs tucked behind the screens, while the connecting shaft keeps both monitors at the same height and tilt. Inside the bay, rollers run on rails to ensure perfect spacing between monitors.
Another interesting addition to the stand is a universal joint that synchronizes the rotation of both segments of the main shaft. This allows the user to invert the stand into a V-shape without disturbing the alignment of the monitors on either end of the shaft.
Finally, the stand contains a friction motor, suggesting the entire device is motorized and could potentially be controlled directly from a Mac.
Apple’s current Pro Display XDR stand costs over $1,000. While it perfectly balances the large display, most of the cost is aesthetic. We don’t know what Apple will charge for a dual-display XDR stand, but we’re confident it’ll be prohibitively expensive.
Of course, the XDR line is not made for ordinary consumers. Professionals, studios and design agencies are the users of an XDR dual display stand. With powerful new MacBook Pros coming later this year, Apple seems to have professionals in mind.
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