Apple Studio Display tidbits: What Apple didn’t tell you

The news: Now that Apple’s Studio Display is official, let’s take a deeper dive into the intricacies of the product that Apple didn’t talk about on stage at their Peek Performance event.

  • The Studio Display screen is identical to that of the 27-inch iMac
    • 27-inch 5K Retina display
    • 5120-by-2880 resolution at 218 pixels per inch
    • 600 nits brightness
    • Support for 1 billion colors
    • Wide color (P3)
    • True Tone
  • Thus, it’s a 60Hz panel and there’s no 120Hz ProMotion technology
  • Center Stage on the new 12MP ultra-wide camera, Spatial Audio and “Hey Siri” are all enabled courtesy of the powerful A13 Bionic processor
  • Only 1 of the 4 USB-C ports is Thunderbolt 3 (40Gb/s)…the other 3 USB-C sports cap out at transfer speeds of 10Gb/s
  • While the tilt-only stand is included for the base $1599 price, the tilt- and height-adjustable stand runs an extra $400…and that one weighs 3 pounds more
  • A new 1 meter Thunderbolt cable is included in the box with all models…but buyers of the nano-texture glass version get an official Apple polishing cloth, too

Sam’s take: Overall, there really aren’t any surprises here. Apple was incredibly straightforward about this display when they announced it and there aren’t any red flags. I think $1,599 is an incredible value for what you’re getting in this package. But man did I wish it had 120Hz ProMotion… So here’s to the Pro Display XDR 2.