Apple’s 27-inch 5K Studio Display and Mac Studio Desktop System for Pros.

Apple announced the Mac Studio, a desktop system that looks like the Mac Mini, but with a lot of power on the inside. The Mac Studio packs both Apple’s M1 Max chip and a new, even more powerful processor, the M1 Ultra. The rear of the 3.7-inch tall chassis includes four Thunderbolt 4 ports as well as a 10Gb Ethernet port, two USB-A ports, an HDMI, and an audio jack. It supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0. The front includes two USB-C ports (10 Gbps on M1 Max systems, 40 Gbps/Thunderbolt 4 on M1 Ultra systems) and an SD card slot. According to Apple, the Mac Studio can support up to four Pro Display XDRs and a 4K TV. Apple’s new M1 Ultra chip is a massive chip supporting up to 128GB of memory. It has a 20-core CPU with 16 high-performance cores and four efficiency cores, as well as a 64-core GPU and a 32-core neural engine. Apple says it’s “nearly” eight times faster than the M1. The Mac Studio is compatible with Apple’s Studio Display which has a 27-inch 5K screen that can reach 600 nits of brightness and also includes a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera. This display provides additional ports on its rear, including three USB-C ports and a Thunderbolt 4. Nano-texture glass is optional, as are various stands and mounting options. Apple has also equipped the Studio Display with a powerful six-speaker system consisting of four woofers and two tweeters. There’s even an A13 chip in there to optimize performance with Apple’s Mac desktops and laptops.

Mac Studio Specs

Apple M1 Max chip

10-core CPU with 8 performance cores and 2 efficiency cores, 24-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine, 400GB/s memory bandwidth Media engine Hardware-accelerated H.264, HEVC, ProRes, and ProRes RAW Video decode engine Two video encode engines Two ProRes encode and decode engines Configurable to: M1 Max with 10-core CPU, 32-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine

Apple M1 Ultra chip

20-core CPU with 16 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores 48-core GPU 32-core Neural Engine 800GB/s memory bandwidth Media engine Hardware-accelerated H.264, HEVC, ProRes, and ProRes RAW Two video decode engines Four video encode engines Four ProRes encode and decode engines Configurable to: M1 Ultra with 20-core CPU, 64-core GPU, and 32-core Neural Engine

• OS: MacOS Monterey

• Memory: 32GB / 64GB, Configurable to: 128GB

• Storage: 512GB / 1TB, Configurable to: 2TB, 4TB, or 8TB

Video Support

Simultaneously supports up to five displays: Support for up to four Pro Display XDRs (6K resolution at 60Hz and over a billion colors) over USB-C and one 4K display (4K resolution at 60Hz and over a billion colors) over HDMI Thunderbolt 4 digital video output supports: Native Display Port output over USB‑C Thunderbolt 2, DVI, and VGA output supported using adapters (sold separately)HDMI display video output

Four Thunderbolt 4 ports with support for: Thunderbolt 4 (up to 40Gb/s)Display Port USB 4 (up to 40Gb/s), USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gb/s), Two USB-A ports (up to 5Gb/s)HDMI port, 10Gb Ethernet, 3.5 mm headphone jack

Price

M1 Max Mac Studio starting at $1999, M1 Ultra Mac Studio starting at $3999.

Studio Display Specs

• Display: 5K Retina display, 27-inch (diagonal) 5K Retina display, 5120-by-2880 resolution at 218 pixels per inch, 600 nits brightness Configurable with: Nano-texture glass, Reference Modes

• Camera: 12MP Ultra Wide camera with 122° field of view, ƒ/2.4 aperture, Center Stage

• Audio: High-fidelity six-speaker system with force-cancelling woofers, Wide stereo sound, Support for Spatial Audio when playing music or video with Dolby Atmos

• One Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port, three USB-C ports • One upstream Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port for host (with 96W host charging) • Three downstream USB-C ports (up to 10Gb/s) for connecting peripherals, storage, and networking, USB-C Thunderbolt 3

• Stand: Tilt-adjustable stand • Orientation: landscape or portrait

Compatibility

Studio Display is compatible with the following Mac models running macOS Monterey 12.3 or later:

• Mac Studio (2022)
• 16-inch MacBook Pro (2019 or later)
• 14-inch MacBook Pro (2021)
• 13-inch MacBook Pro (2016 or later)
• 15-inch MacBook Pro (2016 or later)
• MacBook Air (2018 or later)
• Mac mini (2018 or later)
• Mac Pro (2019 or later)
• 24-inch iMac (2021)
• 27-inch iMac (2017 or later)
• 21.5-inch iMac (2017 or later)
• iMac Pro (2017)

Studio Display is compatible with the following iPad models running iPadOS 15.4 or later:

• iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation or later) • iPad Pro 11-inch • iPad Air (5th generation)

Price: $1599

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