What you need to know
- One user has their Mac Studio days before release.
- Apple normally keeps a tight lid on pre-orders but something went awry with this machine.
- The Mac Studio in question is an M1 Max machine rather than a high-powered M1 Ultra.
One lucky Mac Studio buyer has been able to get their hands on their new machine days before they were supposed to.
While the new Mac Studio doesn't officially go on sale until Friday, March 18, that didn't stop one store from handing a machine out ahead of time. The move was apparently a simple "error," although Mac4Ever is understandably keeping quiet as to where the machine was sold from.
Via machine translation:
Apple tends to do a pretty good job of making sure that Macs, iPhones, iPads, and other products don't find their way into the hands of buyers sooner than they should — but when third-party stores are involved it's difficult to keep a tight lid on these things.
The new Mac Studio ships with either n M1 Max or M1 Ultra flavor of Apple silicon and it seems that this particular one is the former, although the full specs rundown wasn't given. With prices starting at $1,999 for the M1 Max version and going all the way to $8,000, there should be a Mac Studio configuration for almost everyone.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
I still think enough hasn't been said about how absolutely *ugly* the Mac Studio is. Possibly the ugliest computer Apple has made in a long, long time.
Shows that Apple is finally eschewing form over function...sorry Sir Jony...
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