And There you go ! With the Mac Studio, Apple has finally unveiled its brand new computer equipped with an in-house processor. But make no mistake about it: the firm at the apple is completely breaking with tradition, since it is neither a portable Mac, nor a “tower” computer, and even less an All- in-One. The Mac Studio is a box and has it under the hood, since it is currently the most powerful computer ever created by Apple.
Apple pulls out the heavy artillery: despite its small size, the Mac Studio is indeed his most powerful computer at the moment. The computer is intended primarily for creative people, who need enormous computing power for their graphic retouching, their video editing or their musical compositions. But there is no doubt that it will also find a place on the desks of more demanding users (and the wealthiest!).
The Mac Studio comes in the form of a small box with rounded shapes of 19.5 x 19.5, for 9.4 cm in height. For comparison, the Apple TV measures 9.8 x 9.8 cm, for 3.5 cm in height. On the other hand, its small size does not prevent it from being an extraordinary Mac, especially in its edition equipped with the new M1 Ultra chip.
Mac Studio: Apple unveils a powerhouse for creatives
The Mac Studio, which can be equipped with either an M1 Max or an M1 Ultra, is cut out for creativity. Apple explains that the edition equipped with an M1 Ultra is capable of processing 18 streams of 8K ProRes 422 video, and that it is the first computer in the world to be able to perform such an operation. The CPU benefits from up to 20 cores, while the number of GPU cores can go up to 64. On the graphics processing side, the M1 Max version benefits from 64 GB of unified memory, while the M1 Ultra benefits from 128 GB
In terms of storage and data access, the Mac Studio is fast, very fast in fact. Its SSD that can accommodate up to 8 TB of data ensures a processing speed of 7.4 GB/s. Its USB-C ports offer access times of 10 Gb / s, while the M1 Ultra version supports Thunderbolt 4 at 40 Gb / s.
On the display side, the computer is capable of handling up to 4 Pro Display XDR displays and a 4K TV at the same time. With such a configuration, in other words,Apple bids farewell to the Mac Pro.
Does the Mac Studio heat up though? We will wait to make up our minds on the matter during a complete test of the computer, but Apple assures the cooling has been particularly neat, since the hull of the device has 4000 small holes located at the back of the machine and on its lower part.
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Mac Studio price and launch date
Regarding the connectors, we take advantage of the following elements at the back:
- 4 ports Thunderbolt / USB-C
- 1 port Ethernet 10 GB
- 2 ports USB-A
- 1 HDMI
- 1 port Jack Pro
And on the front:
- 2 ports USB-C
- 1 SDXC card port
As mentioned above, the Mac Studio throbs under the choice of the following two SoCs: M1 Max or M1 Ultra. Of course, the performance will not be the same, and neither will the prices. The version equipped with an M1 Max is worth 2 299 euroswhile the wealthy edition of an M1 Ultra is marketed… 4599 euros ! Note also that the ultimate version, flanked by a 20-core M1 Ultra, a 64-core GPU, 128 GB of unified memory and an 8 TB SSD is displayed at the price of 9 199 €. It’s cheaper than a Mac Pro setup, but it’s still prohibitively expensive.
The Mac Studio can be pre-ordered now on the Apple website, for delivery scheduled from 18 mars 2022.