Apple Announces Powerful 'Mac Studio' With M1 Ultra Chip and Companion 'Studio Display'

Apple today at its "Peek Performance" event announced a new Mac Studio desktop computer with a companion Studio Display monitor.

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With a 3.7-inch tall enclosure, the Mac Studio looks like a larger Mac mini, but it is far more powerful. The computer can be configured with the same M1 Max chip as found in the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro or the just-announced M1 Ultra chip, which features a 20-core CPU, up to a 64-core GPU, and a 32-core Neural Engine. The computer can be configured with up to 8TB of SSD storage and up to 128GB of unified memory.

On the back of the Mac Studio, connectivity options include four Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB-A ports, one HDMI port, one 10-Gigabit Ethernet port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack with support for high-impedance headphones. On the front, there is an SD card slot (UHS-II), along with two USB-C ports for M1 Max configurations or two Thunderbolt 4 ports for M1 Ultra configurations. The computer supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.

Apple says the Mac Studio remains "incredibly quiet" under the "heaviest workloads," with over 4,000 perforations on the back and bottom of the computer's enclosure guiding air through the internal components to help cool the high-performance M1 Ultra chip.

Key features of the Studio Display include a 27-inch screen size, a slim all-aluminum enclosure, 5K resolution, up to 600 nits of brightness, support for the P3 wide color gamut and over one billion colors, a built-in stand that allows the user to tilt the display up to 30 degrees, an A13 Bionic chip that powers advanced camera and audio features, a 12-megapixel Ultra Wide camera with Center Stage, a six-speaker sound system, and more.

Studio Display has three USB-C ports and a Thunderbolt 4 port that delivers 96W of pass-through power to charge a connected MacBook Air or MacBook Pro.

Customers can order the Mac Studio and Studio Display starting today through Apple's online store, with availability starting March 18. In the U.S., pricing starts at $1,999 for the Mac Studio with M1 Max and at $3,999 with M1 Ultra. The Studio Display is priced at $1,599 with a tilt-adjustable stand and at $1,999 with a tilt- and height-adjustable stand.


"We couldn't be more excited to introduce an entirely new Mac desktop and display with Mac Studio and Studio Display," said Greg Joswiak, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "Mac Studio ushers in a new era for the desktop with unbelievable performance powered by M1 Max and M1 Ultra, an array of connectivity, and a compact design that puts everything users need within easy reach."

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Top Rated Comments

jakebrosy Avatar
30 months ago
FINALLY! FINALLY! Apple has listened to the vast majority of 'creatives' who don't have full-scale studios shelling out for their equipment. I'm confident the MacPro is (was) perfect for large production houses, but most of the small companies juggling 3-5 minute videos, audio work, digital asset design + print projects couldn't justify $12K for each production station.

When Apple announced the MacPro in 2019 we all just sat stunned, shook our heads, and went back to work. No one even logged onto the Apple website to play with spec'ing one out.

Ordered the first Mac Studio/Display combo as soon as the store came back online today. And once we do some testing we'll replace all of the Mac minis and MacPros.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gaximus Avatar
30 months ago
M1 Max is now a very strange name, as it is not the max chip variant. They knew the Ultra was coming out, and now the Middle chip is called the Max chip.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Allyance Avatar
30 months ago
I can not believe those who are complaining about the price of the Studio. $6,000 for all that performance is a bargain.

Back in 1988 when I started doing serious CAD work on military hospitals, I bought the first 486 computer released. It was a 486-25mhz, with a Rendition hi res graphics card, special hard drive and controller, and a 20" Monitor. It cost me $10,000, which adjusted for inflation is $23,765 in todays dollars. Intel released the 50mhz version of the 486, so I upgraded to that for $500. I needed every ounce of performance to handle the big composite floor plans I produced.

When you are in business, you buy the machinery necessary to do the job most efficiently.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GuruZac Avatar
30 months ago
It’s hard to imagine all the conversations on here not too long ago about Apple no longer serious about Mac. I love that Apple has completely rejuvenated the Mac lineup in less than 18 months. We got the M1 in November 2020 and by March of 2022 we have M1 powered Macs with all new MacBook Pros and an entirely new Mac Studio. The future is bright for Apple computers.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cnnyy20p Avatar
30 months ago
I don't think they will release new iMac Pro. This with the studio display is an iMac Pro.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CWallace Avatar
30 months ago
And $1999 for M1 Max. Pretty reasonable, IMO.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)