Following a host of late-breaking rumours, Apple officially announced a new Mac at its "Peek Performance" event today, adding another machine to its desktop lineup in expansion. Each configuration of the Mac Studio, as it's called, will feature either Apple's M1 Max or its new M1 Ultra processor and will start at $1,999 and $3,999, respectively. Apple also showed off the upcoming Studio Display, a new monitor designed as a companion to its new desktop machine, which starts at $1,599. Both devices are available for pre-order starting today and will ship on March 18.
If you want to pre-order the Mac Studio or monitor ahead of our reviews, we've compiled a list of retailers currently carrying the new devices.
While we haven't seen a new MacBook Air or a revised version of the Mac Mini, the new M1 Max-equipped desktop has made its debut. This compact desktop starts at $1,999 and is currently available for pre-order directly from Apple's website.
This new addition to Apple's desktop lineup fills the gap between the tiny Mac Mini and the monolithic Mac Pro. The Studio measures 7.7 x 3.7 inches, and while it's a bit larger than the M1 Mac Mini, the Studio packs a lot more punch. The M1 Max configuration can be configured with a 24- or 32-core GPU model of the M1 Max, as well as up to 64GB of Unified Memory and 8TB of SSD storage.
The Studio also has an impressive range of connectivity options. The rear of the machine supports four Thunderbolt 4 ports, a pair of USB-A ports, an HDMI output, a 10GB wired Ethernet port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The front also has a pair of Thunderbolt 4 ports and an SDXC card slot.