Apple launched the Mac Studio with M1 Max and M1 Ultra chips in March 2022. Positioned as a brand-new pro-tier Mac, it’s greatest described as a Mac mini on steroids. Nevertheless, when the M2 Pro Mac mini arrived in January 2023, the Mac Studio, with the it’s M1-series chips, misplaced a few of its shine.
The await the M2 Max and M2 Extremely Mac Studio is over. Apple introduced the Mac Studio with M2 Max and M2 Extremely at WWDC, delivering the efficiency increase of the M2 Max and introducing the M2 Extremely. The brand new Mac Studio is out there to order now and can begin delivery on Tuesday June 13.
The Mac Studio isn’t the one Mac to have launched with the M2 Extremely although: Apple additionally launched the very overdue Apple silicon Mac Pro at WWDC, and these two Macs have quite a bit in frequent and quite a bit that units them aside.
2023 Mac Studio launch date
The brand new Mac Studio goes on sale on Tuesday June 13, 2023. You may pre-order from Apple now.
There are two customary Mac Studio fashions. The value has stayed the identical within the U.S, however elevated by £100-£200 within the U.Ok. There have been related price hikes elsewhere in the world, simply as there have been earlier this 12 months.
Mac Studio with 12-core CPU, 30-core GPU, 16-core Neural Engine, M2 Max mannequin with 32GB RAM and 512GB SSD prices $1,999/£2,099 (was £1,999).
Mac Studio with 24-core CPU, 60-core GPU, 32-core Neural Engine, M2 Max mannequin with 64GB RAM and 1TB SSD prices $3,999/£4,199 (was £3,999).
There are some build-to-order choices together with:
Apple M2 Extremely with 24‑core CPU, 76‑core GPU, 32‑core Neural Engine (further $1,000)
As much as 192GB unified reminiscence (further $1,600)
8TB SSD (further $2,200)
The Mac Professional has the identical specs, with the M2 Extremely being the one chip to select from, and the identical improve choices, nevertheless it additionally provides PCIe extendability and many ports that the Mac Studio doesn’t have. It additionally prices much more, beginning at $6,999. There was some uncertainty about how Apple would distinguish the Mac Studio from the Mac Professional in the event that they share the identical chip and launch on the similar time–this was one cause why there was doubt as as to if Apple would replace the Mac Studio, with Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman writing that he “wouldn’t anticipate the introduction of a Mac Studio within the close to future. The upcoming Mac Professional may be very related in performance to the Mac Studio—and provides the M2 Extremely chip somewhat than the M1 Extremely. So it wouldn’t make sense for Apple to supply an M2 Extremely Mac Studio and M2 Extremely Mac Professional on the similar time.”
2023 Mac Studio design
At launch the Mac Studio had a really related design to the Mac mini and that is nonetheless the case with the second technology. Each are silver and have an Apple emblem on the highest. The bottom of the Mac Studio is precisely the identical dimension: 7.7 inches sq. (19.7cm) because the Mac mini, however the Mac Studio is taller: 3.7 inches (9.5cm) somewhat than 1.41 inches (3.58cm).
There are variations between the Max and Extremely variations, as there have been with the earlier technology. The Max has 4 Thunderbolt ports and the Extremely has six Thunderbolt ports. The Max has an extra two USB-C ports as an alternative. Each fashions have two USB-A ports for old style peripherals.
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New Mac Studio: Processor and specs
We already knew what to anticipate from the M2 Max as a result of it has been used within the MacBook Professional (14-inch and 16-inch). As for the M2 Extremely, we had inferred some particulars concerning the chip from rumors and our expertise with the M1 Extremely, which is 2 M1 Max processors fused collectively. That is how we appropriately predicted that the chips would break down:
CPU: 12 cores
GPU: 30 cores/38 cores
RAM: 32GB/64GB (and 96GB with 38-core GPU)
CPU: As much as 24 cores
GPU: As much as 76 cores
RAM: As much as 192GB
Apple says the Mac Studio with M2 Max, with 12-core CPU, as much as a 38-core GPU, is as much as 50 % quicker than the previous-generation Mac Studio and 4 occasions quicker than essentially the most highly effective Intel-based 27-inch iMac. It options 96GB of unified reminiscence and 400GB/s of reminiscence bandwidth.
Apple additionally says the M2 Extremely delivers twice the efficiency and capabilities of M2 Max. The M2 Extremely is as much as 3 times quicker than the previous-generation Mac Studio with M1 Extremely, says Apple. Additionally it is as much as six occasions quicker than essentially the most highly effective Intel-based 27-inch iMac.
The Mac Studio with M2 Extremely and it’s 24-core CPU, as much as a 76-core GPU, can help as much as 192GB of unified reminiscence, which is “extra reminiscence than essentially the most superior workstation graphics playing cards”, based on Apple, that means it is ready to tackle demanding workloads different programs can’t even course of. The M2 Extremely helps 192GB of reminiscence with 800GB/s of unified reminiscence bandwidth.
Subsequent Mac Studio: Ports
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The unique Mac Studio had a wide selection of ports, with 4 Thunderbolt 4 ports, 10Gb ethernet, two USB-A ports, HDMI 2.0, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. That was a formidable array of ports for 2022, nevertheless it got here with some limitations.
For one, the HDMI 2.0 port meant customers can solely join a show with 4K decision at 60Hz. The 2023 Mac mini has an HDMI 2.1 port with help for 4K at 240Hz and 8K at 60Hz. Moreover, the 2023 Mac mini brings Bluetooth 5.3 and Wi-Fi 6E, each of that are more likely to make an look within the subsequent Mac Studio.
This case has been rectified within the 2023 Mac Studio with the next:
3.5mm headphone jack with superior help for high-impedance headphones.
Help for as much as eight 4K shows, six 6K shows, or three 8K shows.