Apple Announces New Mac Studio And The First Apple Silicon Mac Pro
Apple WWDC opening keynote is now done and dusted and the company has announced a whole lot of things, not least the Vision Pro headset. But before that, we also saw the arrival of two new Macs — an upgraded Mac Studio and the very first Apple silicon Mac Pro.
Starting with the Mac Studio, the new model comes with the M2 Max and a new M2 Ultra installed. Apple says that the M2 Max will offer some big upgrades over the previous model thanks to a 12-core CPU and up to a 38-core GPU, not to mention support for up to 96GB of memory.
Apple compared the new model to the 27-inch iMac for some reason, a product that hasn’t been sold for some time.
Mac Studio with M2 Max is up to 50 percent faster than the previous-generation Mac Studio4 and 4x faster than the most powerful Intel-based 27-inch iMac.1 It features a 12-core CPU, up to a 38-core GPU, and up to 96GB of unified memory with 400GB/s of memory bandwidth.
Things obviously get ratcheted up a notch when the M2 Ultra is involved. That chip features a 24-core CPU and up to a 76-core GPU, making for impressive performance alongside a maximum of 192GB of memory.
The Mac Studio comes with support for Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, and four Thunderbolt 3 ports. There are two USB-C ports and an SD card slot on the front, too.
As for the Mac Pro, that gets the same M2 Ultra chip and is a huge upgrade over the previous Intel model. But where this Mac Pro stands up against the Mac Studio is the expandability afforded by the large case.
The new Mac Pro brings PCIe expansion to Apple silicon for pros who want the performance of M2 Ultra and rely on internal expansion for their workflows. Mac Pro features seven PCle expansion slots, with six open expansion slots that support gen 4, which is 2x faster than before, so users can customize Mac Pro with essential cards. From audio pros who need digital signal processing (DSP) cards, to video pros who need serial digital interface (SDI) I/O cards for connecting to professional cameras and monitors, to users who need additional networking and storage, Mac Pro lets professionals customize and expand their systems, pushing the limits of their most demanding workflows.
Connectivity includes the same Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 support while three USB-A ports are placed on the front. Two HDMI ports support up to 8K at 240Hz with two 10Gb Ethernet ports also included.
The Mac Studio now starts at $1999 while the Mac Pro starts at the insane price of $6999. The new Macs will be available from June 13.