Apple has just unveiled its latest addition to its desktop lineup, the Mac Studio, alongside the new Studio Display. While significantly thicker than the Mac mini, it still retains a relatively small form factor with the option to equip it with either the M1 Max or the newly announced M1 Ultra chipset.
The desktop computer’s aluminium chassis is 7.7-inch x 3.7-inch, which Apple says fits under most displays. The back sports four Thunderbolt 4 ports, a 10 Gb Ethernet port, two USB-A ports, an HDMI port, and a high-impedance audio jack. On the front side, it has an SD card slot and two USB-C ports, which support USB 3.0 for M1 Max systems and Thunderbolt 4 on M1 Ultra systems. It also supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.
The new M1 Ultra chip can be configured with up to a whopping 128GB of RAM while the M1 Max tops out at 64GB. The Ultra is equipped with a 20-core CPU, 64-core GPU, and a 32-core neural engine, while the storage for both variants can be maxed out to an incredible 8TB.
The company claims that the Mac Studio can provide display support for up to four Pro Display XDRs and a 4K TV. The M1 Max configuration will start at $1,999 (~RM8,360) and M1 Ultra models will start at $3,999 (~RM16,725). Preorders open today in the US and will start shipping on 18 March.
(Source: Apple newsroom)