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WWDC 2019's craziest reveal was a $1,000 monitor stand for the $5,000 Pro Display XDR

Yes, the ultra-pricey monitor doesn't include a stand. That will cost you somewhere between $200 and $1,000.

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When Tim Cook announced the new Mac Pro at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2019) the audience broke out into cheers. The new high-end computer is aimed at creative professionals and starts out at $5,999. Apple also announced a 6K resolution reference monitor called the Pro Display XDR which starts at $4,999. What's insane about the new standalone display isn't the 10-bit color, 1,600 nits of brightness or 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. It's the fact that it doesn't come with an actual stand to hold it up.

Read: Everything Apple announced at WWDC 2019

If you don't want to prop your Pro Display XDR up against a pile of books, you have two options -- and both will cost you more money. There's the Pro Stand for $999, the same price of the last external display Apple sold -- which by the way came with a stand. The only other option is to buy a $199 VESA mount adapter and attach it to a stand or rail.

The Pro Stand has an adjustable height with a travel of 120 millimeters. You can also tilt and rotate the display into landscape or portrait. When the price was announced murmurs of dissatisfaction could be heard throughout the audience.

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For a stand, it's actually quite beautiful. But is it $999 beautiful?

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Obviously none of this is aimed at your average consumer. High-end reference monitors that are calibrated can cost $18,000 and more. And if you're going to get one, chances are you already have a VESA mount set up for an editing bay and won't need a stand.

A baseline Mac Pro with a baseline Pro Display XDR and the Pro Stand will cost you $11,997. That doesn't include tax or shipping and you'll have to wait until fall to get it.

This story was originally published yesterday.

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