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Apple today took the wraps off a handful of new devices, including its new Mac Studio computer. Looks can be deceiving. On the outside, this desktop system looks like a Mac mini, but the hardware rivals the performance of Apple’s powerhouse Mac Pro.
The Mac Studio has a compact, boxy form factor undoubtedly inspired by the Mac mini.
It stands a very shallow 3.7-inches tall, which allows it to fit perfectly underneath most monitors.
Designed for connectivity, the Mac Studio has four rear Thunderbolt 4 ports, a 10Gb Ethernet port, two USB-A ports, an HDMI port, and an audio jack.
Apple also added two front-facing USB-C ports and an SD card slot for convenience.
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The Mac Studio is designed to be the hub for a creative workspace. The Studio supports up to four Pro Display XDRs and a 4K TV simultaneously.
Apple claims the entry-level Studio with the M1 Max processor is 50 percent faster than a Mac Pro with a 16-core Xeon and 2.5 times faster than a 27-inch iMac with a 10-core Core i9. And this is just the entry-level model.
Customers who want to create without limit will appreciate the M1 Ultra Mac Studio, which is 90 percent faster than a Mac Pro and 3.8 times faster than the top-of-the-line iMac.
The M1 Ultra chipset is Apple’s newest chip, introduced at today’s press event. It has a 20-core CPU with 16 high-performance cores and four efficiency cores. It supports up to 128GB of memory and is estimated to be eight times faster than the existing M1 processor.
Apple also unveiled the Studio Display, promoting it as a standalone monitor and a companion to the Mac Studio. The 27-inch monitor has a stunning 5K resolution with 600 nits of brightness and an optional anti-reflective nano-texture glass for use in rooms with bright lighting.
It also has a 12-megapixel camera for video calling and high-fidelity speakers with Spatial Audio.
The monitor includes a Thunderbolt 4 port and three USB-C ports that’ll connect and charge devices.
Pricing is competitive for this professional-level hardware. The Mac Studio with M1 Max processor starts at $1,999, while the Ultra model begins at $3,999. The Studio Display starts at $1,599.