Apple Stores Can Upgrade a Studio Display's Stand After Purchase

While fine print on Apple's website says Studio Display stands and VESA mount adapters are "not interchangeable," customers can visit an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider to have their Studio Display reconfigured after purchase.

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For example, if a customer bought a Studio Display with the standard tilt-adjustable stand and later decides they want to use a VESA mount adapter, they can book a service appointment with an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider and have one installed, according to internal documentation obtained by MacRumors.

Likewise, if a customer bought a Studio Display with a tilt-adjustable stand and later decides they want both a tilt- and height-adjustable stand, an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider can accommodate this request. Pricing will vary based on the region, the type of stand or mount being installed, and the cost of labor.

The standalone stands and VESA mount upgrade kits are only available to certified technicians and are not sold through Apple's online store.

Studio Display orders began arriving to customers last week. Key features of the display include a 27-inch screen size, 5K resolution, a 12-megapixel Ultra Wide camera with Center Stage, a six-speaker sound system with Spatial Audio, one Thunderbolt 3 port, and three USB-C ports. Pricing starts at $1,599 in the United States for a model with standard glass and a tilt-adjustable stand, with several upgrade options available.

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Top Rated Comments

DarrenSW Avatar
29 months ago
So… the power cable is fixed, except it isn’t; and the stand can’t be changed after purchase, except it can? Glad the messaging is so clear on this one, Apple.
Score: 52 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gugy Avatar
29 months ago
Still greedy move not to make this stand like the XDR. For a company that claims to be environmentally friendly, the waste of resources, time, money just to swap stands, makes no sense.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
VulchR Avatar
29 months ago
This should be a simple matter of unscrewing a few screws, changing bases/adaptors, and then screwing the screws back in. This reminds me of an old Chrysler I had for which one had to pull the radiator to change a headlight.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tobefirst ⚽️ Avatar
29 months ago
What do you want to bet there's some sort of software/firmware integration to prevent people from doing this themselves?

Am I serious? Maybe.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
turbineseaplane Avatar
29 months ago

Guess I was being a bit facetious. A simple stand from Amazon at around $24 will make up the difference OR you can pay Apple $400 ...hmm NOT!
The thing is -- for many folks, a key reason to be buying the Apple monitor is for the aesthetics.
That really goes out the window with a third party random stand.

It just pisses me off that with a bog standard 60hz 5k panel that's essentially unchanged from 2014 (save for a few more nits) -- at $1600 --- they couldn't just make the adjustable height stand the default.

It's just infuriating money grab behavior..
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mabhatter Avatar
29 months ago

Cheaper to buy a monitor stand.
This. Just buy the VESA option up front and pick a nice third party monitor arm.

Or adjust the height by stacking up your Apple boxes!
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)