Apple Studio Display Contains 64GB of Storage, But Only 2GB Used

Apple's Studio Display contains 64GB of onboard storage, but only 2GB are actually used by the display, a developer has discovered.

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As highlighted by developer "Khaos Tian" on Twitter, the Studio Display only uses 2GB of its 64GB of internal NAND storage. Some free space is likely needed for firmware updates, but the 62GB of unused space is seemingly otherwise useless at the current time. Apple has not confirmed the quantity of the Studio Display's internal storage in its technical specifications.

studio display onboard storage 64gbImage via @KhaosT

The discovery may be unsurprising given that the Studio Display contains an A13 Bionic chip. The A13 Bionic was introduced with the iPhone 11 lineup in 2019, before being offered in the second-generation iPhone SE and the ninth-generation iPad. None of these devices have ever been available in any storage configurations below 64GB, which may suggest that smaller quantities of NAND storage are incompatible with the A13's storage controller.

Economies of scale may also be responsible, with production costs for pairing the A13 with a smaller amount of storage potentially costing more than the same 64GB system currently used in the ‌iPhone‌ 11 that is still on sale and the ninth-generation ‌iPad‌.

The finding means that, overall, the Studio Display contains the exact same 2.65GHz A13 Bionic chip, 12MP Ultra Wide front-facing camera setup with Center Stage, and 64GB base configuration of storage as the ninth-generation ‌iPad‌. It is also now clear that the Studio Display has better specifications than the second-generation Apple TV 4K, which sports an A12 Bionic chip and a base storage configuration of just 32GB.

Last week, it emerged that the Studio Display runs the full version of iOS 15.4, with the exact same build used by the ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌, meaning that updates to the display's functionality will come as part of iOS updates.

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Top Rated Comments

berrymetal Avatar
30 months ago
I can't believer they're only offering 64GB versions, hello apple it's 2022! 64GB is very little!
Score: 67 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dysamoria Avatar
30 months ago
It’s getting to where it’s almost impossible to hide just how arbitrary Apple’s limits are when imposed upon hardware by software. This thing could’ve been an Apple TV (without the need for a display).

This thing seems stupidly over-engineered and then intentionally crippled. Or maybe this isn’t engineering. Maybe it’s laziness/convenience and price gouging, because they have all these over-featured parts to use instead of something focused, less complicated, and less expensive.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
walnuts Avatar
30 months ago
Haha there is a certain irony that you have to pay extra to get 64 Gb on some Apple TV’s with no explanation for its use, but here you get 64 GB for free but can’t use it!
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Gazsi Avatar
30 months ago
sounds like surprises are coming! :) I guess we'll hear more about these hidden capabilities at WWDC!
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple Mac Daz Avatar
30 months ago

sounds like surprises are coming! :) I guess we'll hear more about these hidden capabilities at WWDC!
I doubt it, As was mentioned in the article 64GB is the minimum storage for the A13 so just a cost thing than develop a new chip
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
idmean Avatar
30 months ago

I have a feeling this Studio Display is something else disguised as Display, i mean, it is going expand its functions/role in the ecosystem and so they are charging so much for it.
It's always a good marketing strategy to seemingly overcharge people and only later reveal what they've purchased! Always works!
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)