New Mac studio revealed and novelty of ‘secret’ processor
Many of the rumors leading up to Apple’s launch tonight proved true: Apple unveiled a new desktop computer called the Mac Mac studioa new screen called studio view. Both are aimed specifically at creative professional users.
Apple also announced a new and faster system chip in the M1 family under the name “M1 Ultra». So far, this will only fit the new Mac Studio, as it is supposed to work wonders for the workflow of those who demand the best from their PC.
Mac Studio may look like a bloated Mac Mini, but all it has in common is the same form factor. However, the studio is physically larger and much more difficult to perform.
For practical purposes, this is not a Mac to buy if you want to surf the web and stream Netflix. We’re talking about whether you want to process 18 simultaneous streams of 8K ProRes video streams, match thousands of sound effects, or work in intense 3D environments in real time.
Mac Studio also has several connectivity ports, which are meant to make life easier for power users who pair a lot of accessories with their PC. Memory card reader, multiple Thunderbolt 4 ports, USB-A support, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI output and a high-impedance minijack port for professional headphones.
Apple is proud that the device can track up to 90 million pixels, spread across four of its new 5K Studio Display and an additional 4K TV. In comparison, MacBook Air only supports one external display, and many other dual MacBooker displays.
The main attraction is, of course, the new M1 Ultra system chip. It’s built by taking advantage of a design opportunity in the M1 chips that Apple has kept silent until now: the ability to stitch two M1 Max chips together using a technology called «UltraFusion».
This is how Apple is maximizing performance from its most powerful system chip today. UltraFusion technology will ensure very high efficiency, and you will not have to rewrite any programs to take full advantage of the increased performance.
According to Apple, the M1 Ultra chip is the chip with the most transistors in a PC to date, at 114 billion. The M1 Ultra comes in two different configurations, the most powerful of which offers 20 processor cores, 64 graphics cores, and 32 machine learning cores.
Apple even claims that the chip will be eight times more powerful than the simplest M1 model found in, among other things, the MacBook Air and some MacBook Pro models today.
Compared to the fastest 10-core 27-inch iMac, which is now sold out but was based on Intel Core i9 processors, the Mac Studio with the M1 Ultra will provide about 3.8 times higher processor performance. It will also deliver 4.5 times better graphics performance than the fastest 27-inch iMac managed.
Apple says the new Mac Studio, despite its performance, is almost unheard of in most tasks or environments. The device should also be significantly more energy efficient compared to the better “competitors”, but also according to Apple, the alternatives are weaker.
We’ve previously seen how Apple’s M1-based hardware delivered higher performance and lower noise levels than similar Intel or AMD-based internals. So we roughly assume that Apple CEO Tim Cook’s nose did not grow during the presentation.
Mac Studio comes with support for up to 128GB of memory, 8TB of SSD storage and has both WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5 built in.
Prices start at NOK 24,500 for the version with the simplest M1 Max system chip. You have to shell out an insane 49,500 kroner for the version with the simplest M1 Ultra system chip. The top-of-the-line studio, equipped with the M1 Ultra coarse chip, will cost you at least 62,000 kroner. This is before adding any additional memory or storage space.
The device can be ordered from March 18.
Apple already has an expensive 32-inch Pro Display XDR with 6K resolution and plenty of extreme features.
Now Apple is finally releasing an affordable monitor for designers, image processors, and filmmakers who don’t have unlimited money, but still want something good to work on.
the new studio view It measures 27 inches and offers 5K resolution, 600 nits brightness, and a “large” P3 color space with support for a billion colors.
Apple says the display should excel when it comes to anti-reflective coatings, but it can also be configured with its own “nanoglass” to get a little bit of glare if you’re working in highly exposed environments.
In addition to the picture features, the screen already has an integrated A13 system chip. It’s the same thing you’d find in two-year-old iPhones, ready to run many of the screen’s useful functions.
Like the 12MP camera. It has an ultra-wide-angle lens and the ability to follow you around the room with Focus function, as you know from newer iPads.
The screen is also equipped with three studio microphones, and if it’s as good as those we find in the company’s MacBook Pro computers of the same name, those you’re talking to should hear you well and clearly.
Audio is also a focus area, as the screen has four subwoofers and two treble speakers built in. Together they support surround sound and room adaptive sound. Apple claims that this is the best sound system they’ve made for a Mac.
The monitor otherwise has four ports and can therefore act as a “hub” for laptops. The Thunderbolt port, in addition to providing the picture signal, can power a portable Mac at up to 96W so you don’t have to plug it into a separate charger.
Other USB-C ports allow you to connect accessories such as a mouse, keyboards, external drives, and the like.
The monitor can be purchased either with an angle-adjustable stand, or with a VESA adapter, for 19,000 kroner. If you need to adjust the height, the price will also go up by 5,000 NOK.
Studio Display can be purchased now and delivered in 2-3 weeks, Apple says.
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