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Apple Introduces New Mac Studio And Mac Pro With M2 Max, M2 Ultra Chipset Options While Retaining The Design Of Both Desktops

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Mac Studio and Mac Pro with M2 Max and M2 Ultra options

Alongside the M2 Ultra, Apple has also announced the Mac Studio and Mac Pro. While it may be disappointing to some that the company made little effort to alter the design of the updated products, the good news is that customers can now configure their machines with either the M2 Max or M2 Ultra chipset options.

Majority of the changes made to the new Mac Studio and Mac Pro are internal

We have discussed all the specifications of the M2 Ultra previously, and since we know about the M2 Max details from an earlier launch, there is little reason to talk about them again. However, Apple has mentioned that the Mac Studio features a 12-core GPU and a 38-core GPU, along with support for 96GB of unified RAM, but this is likely for the M2 Max version, not M2 Ultra. Even though the designs of both models remain the same, the internal changes are plentiful.

With the Mac Studio, you now get a better HDMI port that can drive an 8K monitor at a refresh rate of 240Hz, but good luck finding a display that goes beyond the 4K resolution at a reasonable price. The Mac Studio features four Thunderbolt 4 ports, a single 10 Gigabit Ethernet port, and two USB-A ports. At the front, you will find two USB-C ports that do not support Thunderbolt 4 and an SD card slot.

Mac Studio and Mac Pro with M2 Max and M2 Ultra options
Mac Studio and Mac Pro with M2 Max and M2 Ultra options

 

The new machine also gets Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 upgrades, and best of all, if you want to order today, you can configure one that will be your daily driver. Apple states that the Mac Studio will begin arriving to customers and launch in stores from June 13 and will be priced at $1,999 for the M2 Max variant. If you want the best of the best from Apple, the company has the updated Mac Pro to purchase right now, starting from $5,999, with support for up to a 24-core CPU and 76-core GPU.

When it comes to memory support, the Mac Pro goes beyond all reasonable limits with up to 192GB of unified RAM. As for the I/O, the tower workstation sports eight Thunderbolt 4 ports, two HDMI ports, six PCIe slots, and dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Just like the Intel version, Apple will be selling a rack-mounted variant, and just like the Mac Studio, you get Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 support.

Mac Studio and Mac Pro with M2 Max and M2 Ultra options
Mac Studio and Mac Pro with M2 Max and M2 Ultra options

With the M2 Ultra powering both machines, the Mac Pro and Mac Studio will be able to play back 22 streams of 8K ProRes 422 video and support up to six Pro Display XDR monitors. Our own assumption is that if the smaller desktop can be configured with the top-tier M2 Ultra, customers are more likely to choose the latter, as it will take up less space than the Mac Pro.

Written by Omar Sohail

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