Apple Announces Mac Studio and Studio Display

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As one of the final announcements during its March 8 hardware event, Apple announced a new desktop computer and display: the Mac Studio and Studio display.

The Mac Studio can be configured with either the M1 Max or the new flagship processor, the M1 Ultra. The new desktop’s rear offers an assortment of ports: one HDMI port, one audio jack, one Ethernet port, two USB-A ports, and four Thunderbolt 4 ports. In contrast, the front features two USB-C ports and an SD card slot.

While the Mac Studio Display is a new 27-inch 5K display with a built-in 12-megapixel ultrawide front camera, 600-nits of brightness, and six speakers built-in. The Studio Display features three USB-C ports and one Thunderbolt 4 port. Apple says that the Thunderbolt port will support up to 96W of passthrough charging that is powerful enough to fast-charge a 14-inch MacBook Pro.

Apple Mac Studio

Apple presented both products as devices aimed at creative professionals. One example, as noted in the press release, a user with a MacBook Pro would be able to connect up to three Studio Displays to create a “powerful edit bay or animation workspace.” While the Mac Studio is claimed to outperform a Xeon CPU-based Mac Pro by up to 50 percent and up to 2.5 faster than a 10-core processor 27-inch iMac.

The Mac Studio’s pricing starts at $1,999 if you configure the device with an M1 Max chip, while for those looking to configure one with the M1 Ultra chip, pricing begins at $3,999. For those looking to buy a Studio Display, it will cost $1,599.

Both the Mac Studio and Studio Display will release on March 18.

Apple Studio Display

Taylor is the Associate Tech Editor at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.





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