Apple‘s latest high-speed processor, the M1 Ultra chip, was unveiled today at the company’s first event of the year. The Mac Studio, a new desktop computer designed to interface with the also-new Studio Display monitor, was released alongside it.
The new Studio Display, which starts at $1,599 (₹1,59,900), is part of what the industry refers to as the “Ultimate Studio Experience.” It has an almost all-screen design with minimal borders, can tilt 30 degrees, and comes with a $400 stand that allows you to adjust the height.
According to Apple, the Studio Display monitor features a 27-inch 5K resolution (14.7 million pixels) and a brightness of up to 600 nits. A premium nanotexture glass alternative, which is believed to minimize glare, even more, adds $300 (₹30,000).
An integrated camera and mic array, driven by an A13 Bionic chip, is the screen’s claim to fame. There’s a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera, and Apple claims the six speakers, which also handle spatial audio, provide exceptional audio quality.
The camera can also be used with Center Stage, Apple’s video-calling technology that follows you around the room, and the mic can be used to answer “Hey, Siri” voice commands from a connected Mac.
To connect your Mac, there’s one Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port with 96-watt charging capabilities, as well as three USB-C ports.
The Pro Display XDR, which starts at $4,999, was previously the sole Apple-branded display. It’s a powerhouse for HDR, video editing, and pro-level color, with a peak brightness of 1,600 nits and zone-based local dimming.
Because the Studio Display is less than half as bright as a Pro Display XDR and has a similar brightness to a number of other, less expensive monitors, it will likely appeal to Mac Studio purchasers who want to match their beautiful new desktops but don’t require one.
The Apple Studio Display is currently available for pre-order and will ship on March 18.