Fresh off the stage at WWDC 2023, the new Mac Studio by Apple has made its debut, bringing along a host of upgrades under its familiar exterior. With a starting price of $1,999, it’s not just a desktop; it’s a canvas for creativity, driven by either the M2 Max SoC or M2 Ultra SoC, allowing you to tailor your experience with customizable memory and storage.
Compact Charm: Style Meets Practicality
The Mac Studio retains Apple’s signature design finesse, presenting a compact square-shaped aluminum frame that’s both solid and stylish. Weighing in at 2.7kg to 3.6kg (depending on your chosen specs), it effortlessly fits into any setup. With a flat top adorned by the iconic Apple logo and clean, rounded corners, it’s a minimalist’s dream.
Connectivity Made Easy
Flip it around, and you’re greeted with a plethora of connectivity options at the back – four Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB-A ports, a 10Gb ethernet port, an HDMI port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Front-facing, you have two convenient USB-C (Thunderbolt 4) ports and an SDXC card slot. The packaging box is a nod to sustainability, crafted from recycled cardboard, and completely devoid of plastic.
Power Tailored to You: M2 Max and M2 Ultra SoC2
The Mac Studio lets you choose between the M2 Max and M2 Ultra SoC. The M2 Max, starting at $1,999, boasts a 12-core CPU, 30-core GPU, and a 16-core neural engine. Shell out an extra $200, and you can pump it up to a 38-core GPU. If you’re aiming for the stars, the M2 Ultra, starting at $3,999, comes with a 24-core CPU, 60-core GPU, and a 32-core neural engine. Want more graphical prowess? An additional $1,000 gets you a whopping 76-core GPU.
Under the Hood of M2 Max
Built on TSMC’s 5nm process, the M2 Max impresses with 67 billion transistors and AI performance hitting 15.8 TOPS. It supports up to 10 streams of 8K ProRes video playback and can handle up to five displays. Equipped with Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3, it’s ready for the tech challenges of tomorrow.
Configurations at Your Fingertips: Storage and Memory Choices
Your Preferences Matter
Starting with the base M2 Max model, you get 512GB of SSD and 32GB of unified memory. But here’s where it gets interesting – configurations support up to 96GB of unified memory and a whopping 8TB SSD. The fully-loaded version comes at $5,399. Opt for the M2 Ultra, and the base model starts with 64GB unified memory and 1TB SSD, but you can push it to a maxed-out 192GB of unified memory and 8TB SSD for $7,799.
Early Days: A Glimpse into the Mac Studio Experience
In just a day with the M2 Max-powered Mac Studio, the experience has been smooth. Its compact design seamlessly fits into our workspace, and the setup process has been hassle-free. We’re eager to see how it handles our favorite editing tools like Adobe Premier Pro and After Effects. Having used the M1 Pro-powered MacBook Pro devices for video editing, the 64GB of unified memory in our customized Mac Studio promises a noticeable bump in performance.
Conclusion: Elevate Your Creative Journey with Mac Studio
As we wrap up our initial exploration, the Apple Mac Studio emerges not just as a desktop but as a companion for your creative odyssey. With sleek design, customizable configurations, and a promise of enhanced performance, it beckons creators to push boundaries. Stay tuned for our detailed review, where we unveil the full potential of this user-friendly desktop, designed to be the imaginative mind’s trusted ally in the realm of creativity. The Mac Studio is not just a device; it’s an invitation to elevate your creativity.
Last modified: December 17, 2023