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.
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.