Mac Studio is a Minimalist Desktop with Groundbreaking Power

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Image: Apple – Apple’s M1 Max or M1 Ultra CPUs power the new desktop. The Mac Studio, a powerful desktop that runs on Apple’s new M1 Ultra CPU, was unveiled Tuesday, filling a need in the company’s product portfolio.

Starting at $1,999, the Mac Studio will be released on March 18. A $200 discount is offered to educational institutions and their customers.

While the Mac mini with M1 is aimed at regular users and the Mac Pro is aimed at professionals, the Mac Studio is aimed at content creators—those who require high performance and graphics but don’t have a lot of money to throw at a Mac Pro. Apple said Tuesday that the new Mac Studio would be powered by Apple silicon and will replace the high-end mini, which was powered by Intel processors in the past.

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The cube-shaped form of the Mac Studio looks to be influenced by Apple’s Power Mac G4 Cube, a lauded computer that failed commercially after its sale in 2000. To be clear, the Studio is a pretty tiny computer given the performance it offers, despite it not being as small as the mini. Using a single aluminum extrusion, Apple claims the machine has a 7.7-inch square footprint and 3.7-inch height.

Apple says that the Studio’s unique fan design keeps it silent under typical workloads. There are four Thunderbolt 4 connections for connecting displays and peripherals, as well as an Ethernet port, two USB ports, an HDMI port, and a high-impedance headphone/mic connector. The front of the M1 Ultra has two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C connections, as well as a full SD card slot. There is Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity.

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Apple’s most powerful CPU, the 20-core M1 Ultra, may be installed in the Mac Studio, making it Apple’s most powerful computer. Up to 128GB of RAM (64GB with M1 Max) and storage choices of up to 8TB are available when this Apple Silicon is paired with this processor.

Mac Studio with M1 Max is said to be 50% quicker than the 16-core Mac Pro and boasts 3.4 times better graphics. The Max Studio is 3.8x quicker than the 27-inch iMac and 60% faster than the Mac Pro with a 28-core Xeon CPU when using the M1 Ultra chip. On to graphics: the Studio has an 80 percent increase in processing power over the Mac Pro. Practically, Apple claims to be able to play back up to 18 streams of 8K ProRes 422 footage at a time.

Additionally, the Mac Studio is said to use 1,000 kilowatt hours less energy per year than a typical high-end PC desktop, according to Apple.