The all-new Mac Studio was introduced at the Apple Peek Performance event, but what can it do?
The Studio incorporates the new M1 Ultra chip, making it the most powerful Mac currently offered by Apple. It’s essentially a more powerful (and larger) version of the Mac Mini, and can plug into external monitors like the new Apple Studio Display.
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The Mac Studio comes in two different varieties, with the M1 Max option starting at $1999/£1999 and the M1 Ultra starting at $3999/£3999.
You can order the Mac Studio starting today, with the desktop officially becoming available on March 18, so you won’t have to wait too long.
The Mac Studio looks a lot like the Mac Mini, with a desktop that’s 7.7-inches long and 3.7-inches high, which means it should fit easily on any desk and will be relatively portable.
On the back of the Mac Studio, there are four Thunderbolt 4 ports, a 10GB Ethernet port, an HDMI port, a pro audio jack port, and two USB-A ports. The front also houses two USB-C ports, or two Thunderbolt ports when you choose the M1 Ultra, as well as an SD card for easy access.
Apple also mentioned the new cooling system, which has a double-sided fan that draws air into the machine to be sent through the appropriate channels to the thermal module. The company claims this will keep it cool and quiet, though we’ll have to test that claim once we get the chance.
Specs are where this desktop really shines, as the Studio will come with two processor options, the M1 Max, as well as the new M1 Ultra, which is now the most powerful chip in Apple Silicon’s lineup.
It also features 114 billion transistors, which is a huge leap from the 57 billion found on the M1 Max.
Picking up the M1 Ultra will get you up to a 20-core CPU with an up to 64-core GPU, with Apple pushing it as a great device for creative work.
Apple claims the Studio with M1 Ultra has an 80% increase in GPU over the Mac Pro, it’s also 4.5 times faster than the 27-inch iMac when it comes to GPU.
Although we couldn’t test it for ourselves, we’d expect the Mac Studio to be a powerhouse when it comes to intensive creative work, with up to 128GB of unified memory and up to 800GB /s of memory strip.
It will run on macOS Monterey and support Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.9.