That’s a wrap on Apple’s launch event
Apple wrapped up its launch event in just under an hour. Thanks for tuning in with us. — Kif Leswing
Apple hints that a more powerful Mac Pro is yet to be released
After announcing the Mac Studio, Apple’s head of hardware John Ternus teased that it would release a more powerful new Mac Pro model in the future.
“One more product to go: Mac Pro. But that’s for another day,” Ternus said.
— Kif Leswing
Apple introduces Studio Display
Apple announced its new Studio Display on Tuesday.
It offers a 5K Retina 27-inch screen, speakers and has a built-in camera. Users can also choose between an all-aluminum enclosure with a tilting stand or a tilt and height-adjustable stand option. The screen can also be used to fast-charge Apple’s latest MacBook Pros when it’s plugged in.
It costs $1,599 and is available for pre-order today.
Apple announces Mac Studio with M1 Ultra chip
Apple introduced the first new Mac model in years with the Mac Studio, a display-less desktop computer. It’s a cube-shaped aluminum box with USB-C ports and a SD card slot on the front.
It’s taller than the existing Mac Mini. The additional height is used for big fans to keep the computer’s temperature down.
Apple also announced a separate 27-inch display called Studio Display with 5K resolution, equipped with an Apple chip, speakers, and built-in camera.
The computer uses the high-performance M1 Ultra processor, which the company says has more power than its existing M1 chips.
The Mac Studio with an older M1 Max chip starts at $1999. The model with an M1 Ultra starts at $3999. The Studio Display starts at $1599.
Apple said that the M1 Ultra basically doubles the size of Apple’s previous M1 chips using a connection technology it calls UltraFusion. Apple said it has more transistors than any other PC chip and includes a 64-core graphics processor.
Apple said that the Mac Studio with M1 Ultrais 80% faster than the top-of-the-line Mac Pro, which retailed for over $50,000.
“We’ve transitioned nearly every product in the Mac lineup to Apple Silicon,” Cook said.