Apple unveils brand new Mac Studio at its March event

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Apple Mac Studio Studio Display Lifestyle 01 (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple just announced the stunning new Mac Studio.
  • It looks like a Mac mini, but is larger and more powerful.
  • It's a desktop computer with M1 Max and M1 Ultra.

Apple has just unveiled its stunning new Mac Studio desktop computer, featuring M1 Max and M1 Ultra with even more power.

It includes Apple's brand new M1 Ultra Apple silicon chip, announced today

For those who don't find M1 Pro and M1 Max quick enough, the new Apple silicon builds on the latter and is dubbed M1 Ultra. In fact, Apple says that the whole new chip was made possible by an M1 Max 'hidden feature,' a die-to-die interconnect that allows two M1 Max chips to effectively be connected together. The result? A new chip with blazing performance.The new chip features a total of 20 cores, 16 of which are high performance. In terms of GPU cores, a massive 60 are offered and 32 Neural Engine cores round out the specs. Apple says that we can expect twice the M1 Max media engine power as well as 22 trillion operations per second. This is one fast chip!

The new Mac Studio features 2 USB-C ports and an SD slot on the front, housed in its 7.7" square by 3.3" housing. It has a double-sided blower fan system to keep its M1 Max and M1 Ultra chips cool.

It has four thunderbolt ports on the back as well as ethernet, two USB-A ports, an HDMI port, a pro audio jack, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, and more.

The new Mac Studio can power four Pro Display XDRs and a 4K TV at the same time. The M1 Max version is 2.5 times faster than the 27-inch iMac, and 3.4x faster in terms of graphics. The M1 Ultra version is 3.8 times faster than the same iMac, and 60% faster than the Mac Pro with 28 cores.

The GPU performance is 4.5 times faster than the 27-inch iMac and 80% faster than the MacBook Pro (2021). It also features up to 128GB of video memory for the M1 Ultra version, and can handle 7.4GB/s SSD performance, with up to 8TB of capacity.

It can handle up to 18 streams of 8K Pro REs video with the M1 Ultra.

The Mac Studio is free of lots of harmful elements and uses 1,000 fewer kilowatt-hours compared to other desktops.

Stephen Warwick
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