Mac Studio, Apple’s New Small Pro Desktop Powered By The Fast M1 Ultra Processor

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The rumours we heard the last couple of months were true: Apple has presented a high-powered desktop that sits between the Mac mini and Mac Pro. Apple has launched the new Mac Studio, a small desktop with up to a 20-core M1 Ultra chip, a 64-core GPU and more expansion than its little brother the Mac mini.

Performance Claims

Apple is making bold performance claims. Apple believes the Studio is up to 60 percent faster than a 28-core Intel Mac Pro in CPU tasks. This is 80 percent faster than the fastest Mac graphics card and capable of handling up to 18 8K ProRes 4:2:2 video streams at once.

Loads of ports for peripherals available on the Mac Studio

You’ll have a great choice for peripherals with four Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB-A ports, HDMI and 10Gbps Ethernet on the back. And yes, Apple is aware you want front ports. Two USB-C connectors and an SD card slot will spare you from reaching behind the system to upload photos.

Improved Power Efficiency

The computer is also power-efficient. Apple claims the Mac Studio uses about 100W less power than a 16-core Windows at similar performance levels. It’s not clear how performance performs in real life, of course, but it’s notable that Apple is even comparing a desktop Mac against high-end consumer PC towers.

Apple Mac Studio Pricing

The Mac Studio starts at £1,999 with an M1 Max, 32GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, and will be available on March 18th. Pre-orders are open, you will be able to buy all versions on the Apple UK Website. A version with the Apple M1 Max with 10-core CPU, 24-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine Processor, 64GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD costs £2,599.

The Most Expensive And Powerful Mac Studio Configuration

Maxing out the system with the M1 Ultra with 20-core CPU, 64-core GPU, 32-core Neural Engine processor with 128GB of RAM and an 8TB SSD will cost a whopping £7,999.

Matching Display and Accessories

The complementing 27-inch Apple Studio Display is £1,499, the Nano-texture glass version starts from £1,749. The Magic Keyboard (with Touch ID), Magic Trackpad and Magic Mouse in silver and black at respective £199, £149 and £99 prices.

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