Apple just took the wraps off of the most absurdly powerful Mac Studio desktop, so it’s only fitting that the company has an equally high-end monitor to go with it. The 27-inch Studio Display is one of Apple’s most advanced displays yet, promising a rich 5K viewing experience as well as a built-in webcam and speakers that look to borrow some of our favorite features from the Mac and iPad.
Yes, the Studio Display seems like a great-looking monitor for doing creative work and hopping on video calls from home, but it also starts at a pricey $1,599. Wondering if this high-end screen is for you? Let’s dive in.
Apple Studio Display preorders and release date The Studio Display is available for preorder now, and is set to start shipping on March 18. The monitor starts at $1,599 with standard glass, with an $1,899 nano-texture glass option that’s designed for rooms with lots of sunlight.
The monitor comes with a tilt-adjustable stand by default, though you can upgrade to a model that adds height adjustment for an extra $400. If you’d rather mount the Studio Display to your wall than plop it on your desk, you can also get a version with a VESA adapter for the same starting prices of $1,599 and $1,899.
Apple Studio Display with standard glass
Pricing: From $1,599 at Apple
Apple Studio display with nano-texture glass
Pricing: From $1,899 at Apple
The Apple Studio Display is a 27-inch, 5K Retina monitor designed primarily for creative work and video conferencing. It packs in more than 14.7 pixels, 600 nits of brightness and supports more than one billion colors, which are a lot of fancy tech specs to say that it’s tailor-made for tasks like video and photo editing as well as 3D rendering. The Studio Display also features Apple’s True Tone technology, which automatically finds the ideal color temperature based on your surroundings – something we’ve found reliable on most recent Macs.
The Studio Display stands out from other monitors with its built-in A13 Bionic chip — the same processor that powers the iPhone 11, 9th Gen iPad and the 2nd Gen iPhone SE — as well as an integrated webcam and speaker set. The A13 chip helps power features like Center Stage, which allows the camera to automatically keep you in frame even as you move around during a video call. It’s something we loved using on the latest iPad Pros, and we’re really happy to see it come to a monitor (the feature also just made its way to the new iPad Air).
Apple’s new display also has six built-in speakers that support Dolby Atmos and spatial audio for 360-degree sound in supported music and movies, a setup that the company says is the “best ever created for a Mac.” That’s a bold claim, though we’ve generally been impressed by Apple’s internal speakers — particularly the booming and rich sound we experienced on last year’s 24-inch iMac. And like that iMac, you’ll get a similar build of three built-in microphones, which we’re eager to put to the test during calls.
The Studio Display packs a Thunderbolt port for connecting to your Mac or any computer with a comparable connection, as well as three USB-C ports for peripherals such as storage drives, keyboards and mice. Considering how skimpy most Macs are on ports, we appreciate the extra connectivity here. While Apple’s positioning it as the ideal companion for the new Mac Studio desktop, it’ll also work well with most recent MacBooks, iMacs, Mac Minis and Mac Pros. It’s also capable of power delivery, meaning it can, say, fast-charge your 14-inch MacBook Pro while you have it connected.
If money’s no object, Apple says you can connect up to three Studio Displays to a MacBook Pro, creating your own batcave of high-end monitors for serious creative multitasking. And if you do lots of work on your Apple tablet, you can even use the Studio Display with an iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd gen or later), iPad Pro 11-inch or iPad Air (5th gen). The Studio Display will also work with Windows PCs, but Apple tells us that supported resolutions will vary by machine, and certain features (such as Spatial Audio) are exclusive to Mac.
While the Studio Display is pricey for a monitor, it’s a fraction of the cost of Apple’s higher-end Pro Display XDR starting at $4,999. The latter packs a
Apple’s Studio Display is a 5K monitor with a built-in webcam
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