Apple Introduces New Mac Studio and Mac Pro with Apple Silicon

Apple Introduces New Mac Studio and Mac Pro with Apple Silicon

Apple has unveiled its latest innovations, the Mac Studio and Mac Pro, which are the most powerful Macs ever created.

The Mac Studio, featuring the M2 Max and the new M2 Ultra, offers exceptional performance and enhanced connectivity, all packed into a remarkably compact design. It outperforms the most powerful Intel-based 27-inch iMac by up to six times, and it is three times faster than the previous-generation Mac Studio with M1 Ultra.

On the other hand, the Mac Pro, now equipped with the M2 Ultra, combines unparalleled performance with the flexibility of PCIe expansion. It is up to three times faster than the previous-generation Intel-based model. These new additions mark the completion of Apple’s transition to its proprietary Apple silicon.

According to John Ternus, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering, “The new Mac Studio and Mac Pro with Apple silicon are the two most powerful Macs we’ve ever made. Mac Studio has been a breakthrough for professionals worldwide and is a staple in countless home and professional studios. Today, it becomes even more impressive with the M2 Max and the new M2 Ultra, offering enhanced performance and connectivity. For users requiring internal expansion capabilities, Mac Pro combines PCIe slots with our most powerful chip. Together with our other professional systems, the new Mac Studio and Mac Pro provide users with the most capable and powerful lineup of pro products ever offered by Apple.”

Mac Studio: Unleashing Power and Performance The Mac Studio empowers professionals to create their dream studios with its groundbreaking performance and extensive connectivity, all in a compact form factor that fits right on their desks. With the M2 Max and M2 Ultra processors, the new Mac Studio delivers a substantial boost in performance compared to the previous generation, making it a significant leap forward for users transitioning from older Macs. The Mac Studio with M2 Max is up to 50 percent faster than its predecessor and four times faster than the most powerful Intel-based 27-inch iMac. It boasts a 12-core CPU, up to a 38-core GPU, and up to 96GB of unified memory with 400GB/s of memory bandwidth.

When compared to the Mac Studio with M1 Max, the Mac Studio with M2 Max offers the following advantages:

Renders motion graphics in Adobe After Effects up to 50 percent faster.

Accelerates app development with Xcode, providing up to 25 percent faster performance.

The Mac Studio with M2 Ultra takes performance to new heights. With the M2 Ultra processor, it delivers twice the performance and capabilities of the M2 Max, making it Apple’s largest and most capable system on a chip (SoC) ever. The Mac Studio with M2 Ultra is up to three times faster than the previous-generation Mac Studio with M1 Ultra and six times faster than the most powerful Intel-based 27-inch iMac. It features a 24-core CPU, up to a 76-core GPU, and up to 192GB of memory with 800GB/s of unified memory bandwidth, providing workstation-class performance.

When compared to the Mac Studio with M1 Ultra, the Mac Studio with M2 Ultra offers the following advantages:

Renders 3D graphics in Octane up to three times faster.

Enhances video processing in DaVinci Resolve, achieving up to 50 percent faster speeds.

Mac Studio: Enhanced Connectivity The new Mac Studio offers an extensive range of connectivity options, all conveniently located for professionals’ easy access. It now supports higher-bandwidth HDMI, enabling resolutions up to 8K and frame rates up to 240Hz. With the M2 Ultra, the Mac Studio can connect up to six Pro Display XDRs, driving over 100 million pixels and providing ample screen real estate for professional workflows. Moreover, it features advanced built-in wireless technologies, including Wi-Fi 6E for download speeds up to twice as fast as the previous generation and Bluetooth 5.3 for seamless connections with the latest Bluetooth accessories. The back of the Mac Studio includes four Thunderbolt 4 ports, a 10Gb Ethernet port, an enhanced HDMI port, and two USB-A ports. Additionally, the front offers two USB-C ports and an SD card slot for easy photo and video imports.

Apple Silicon Empowers Mac Pro The Mac Pro combines the groundbreaking performance of the M2 Ultra with the versatility of PCIe expansion, enabling professionals to take their demanding workflows to the next level. Unlike the previous Intel-based Mac Pro models, which started with an 8-core CPU, every Mac Pro now features Apple’s most powerful 24-core CPU, an up to 76-core GPU, and twice the memory and SSD storage capacity. The new Mac Pro can be configured with up to a massive 192GB of memory with 800GB/s of unified memory bandwidth, surpassing even the most advanced workstation graphics cards. With seven built-in Afterburner cards, every Mac Pro can handle an impressive 22 streams of 8K ProRes video playback. Furthermore, it shares the industry-leading media engine found in the Mac Studio with M2 Ultra.

Compared to the Intel-based Mac Pro, the Mac Pro with M2 Ultra offers the following advantages:

Runs demanding real-world professional workflows, such as video transcoding and 3D simulations, up to three times faster.

Allows video engineers to ingest and encode 24 4K camera feeds to ProRes in real time, all on a single machine, using six video I/O cards.

Mac Pro: Unleashing the Potential of PCIe Expansion The new Mac Pro brings PCIe expansion to Apple silicon, catering to professionals who rely on internal expansion for their workflows while harnessing the power of the M2 Ultra processor. It features seven PCIe expansion slots, with six open slots that support gen 4, offering twice the speed of previous generations. This allows users to customize their Mac Pro by adding essential cards. Whether audio professionals need digital signal processing (DSP) cards, video professionals require serial digital interface (SDI) I/O cards to connect to professional cameras and monitors, or users need additional networking and storage options, the Mac Pro enables professionals to customize and expand their systems to meet the demands of their most intensive workflows.

Mac Pro: Advanced Connectivity The Mac Pro provides an array of connectivity options, further improved in the latest model. It now boasts eight built-in Thunderbolt 4 ports, doubling the number from previous versions. It supports up to six Pro Display XDRs, offers Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 for fast wireless connectivity, and includes three USB-A ports. It also features two HDMI ports with higher bandwidth, supporting resolutions up to 8K and frame rates up to 240Hz. Additionally, it provides two 10Gb Ethernet ports and a headphone jack for high-impedance headphones.

Commitment to Environmental Sustainability Apple has designed the new Mac Studio and Mac Pro with the environment in mind. These devices utilize 100 percent recycled rare earth elements in all magnets, as well as 100 percent recycled gold plating and tin soldering in multiple printed circuit boards. Compared to other desktops in their class, the Mac Studio and Mac Pro consume significantly less energy, exceeding the ENERGY STAR efficiency requirement by over 40 percent. Furthermore, they are free of mercury, PVC, and beryllium, while over 95 percent of the packaging is made from fiber-based materials. Apple is committed to achieving carbon neutrality for its global corporate operations, and by 2030, the company aims to make every product carbon neutral, including its Mac lineup.

macOS Ventura: Unleashing the Power of Apple Silicon Mac Studio and Mac Pro come preloaded with macOS Ventura, an operating system optimized to fully leverage the capabilities of Apple silicon. This version introduces features like Stage Manager, which enhances task focus and facilitates smooth transitions between apps and windows. Continuity Camera, Handoff in FaceTime, Safari passkeys, and the Freeform app enhance productivity and enable users to express themselves more effectively. For gamers, MetalFX Upscaling provides accelerated gameplay performance with stunning graphics tailored for Apple silicon. Professional applications like Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro offer seamless integration with Apple silicon, empowering users to tackle even the most complex projects with exceptional speed.

Later this fall, macOS Sonoma will introduce powerful features and productivity tools that unlock new ways to accomplish tasks on Mac. Dynamic video conferencing features, including Presenter Overlay, enhance users’ presence during video calls by overlaying their image on top of shared content. Designed to facilitate hybrid in-studio and remote workflows, macOS Sonoma includes a high-performance mode in the Screen Sharing app. Leveraging the advanced media engine in Apple silicon, this mode delivers incredibly responsive remote access, with low-latency audio, high frame rates, and reference color support. Additionally, users can place widgets directly on the desktop and interact with them with a single click. Continuity allows users to utilize iPhone widgets while working on their Mac. macOS Sonoma also brings significant updates to Safari, elevating web productivity with features such as profiles, which keep browsing separate for different topics or projects, and web apps on Mac, providing faster access to favorite sites.

Pricing and Availability The new Mac Studio and Mac Pro are available for ordering today on apple.com/store and in the Apple Store app. Customers can expect delivery to commence on Tuesday, June 13, and the products will also be available in Apple Store locations and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The Mac Studio starts at $1,999 (U.S.), with an education pricing option available at $1,799 (U.S.). Customers can further customize their configuration by selecting from additional options at apple.com/store.

The Mac Pro is available in both tower and rack-mounted enclosures. The Mac Pro (Tower Enclosure) starts at $6,999 (U.S.) and $6,599 (U.S.) for education, while the Mac Pro (Rack Enclosure) starts at $7,499 (U.S.) and $6,999 (U.S.) for education. Detailed technical specifications and configure-to-order options can be found at apple.com/mac-pro.

More information on Studio Display, Pro Display XDR, and Magic accessories can be found at apple.com/shop/buy-mac. Additionally, customers can take advantage of Apple Trade In, allowing them to trade in their current computer and receive credit towards a new Mac. To determine the value of their device, customers can visit apple.com/shop/trade-in.

Every Mac purchase from Apple includes a free Online Personal Session with an Apple Specialist, assistance with product setup in select stores, including data transfer, and guidance on customizing the Mac to suit individual preferences.

AppleCare+ for Mac provides expert technical support and additional hardware coverage from Apple, including unlimited incidents of accidental damage protection, subject to a service fee.

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