Exclusive: This is Mac Studio and Apple’s new display, coming at March 8 event

The exclusive: Following the first reports of an all-new desktop and monitor from Apple, AppleTrack is now sharing a first look at the upcoming devices.

  • According to people familiar with the matter who spoke with Luke Miani, the Mac Studio resembles 2 Mac minis stacked on top of each other, with silver sides and a white top with rounded edges similar to the newest MacBook Pro models
  • The people, who asked to remain unnamed, tell us Mac Studio is around the same footprint as the M1 Mac mini, but about 4 inches tall
  • We’re told Mac Studio is accompanied by a new display, measuring roughly 27-inches diagonally, with a similar design to the Pro Display XDR (but it’ll have slightly thicker bezels and no circular lattice pattern on the rear)
  • Both Mac Studio and the new display are scheduled to launch as early as tomorrow, March 8 at Apple’s event…but the company’s plans are historically fluid and subject to change

Luke Miani’s take: This exclusive reporting corroborates prior reports and adds more concrete information about the design. This new look carries on the Mac mini philosophy of minimalism, without eccentric milled aluminum holes like Mac Pro. Expect Mac Studio to feature a wide array of IO, with more USB-C ports than on the current M1 Mac mini. Based on the information we received, we are expecting the new Mac and display to launch at tomorrow’s “Peek Performance” Event.

Exclusive: New green iPhone 13 and purple iPad Air launching at March 8 event

The exclusive: Apple is preparing to launch new color options for iPad Air and iPhone 13, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke with Luke Miani.

  • The people, who asked to remain anonymous, said Apple is bringing a new dark green color to iPhone 13…think somewhere between the Mint iPhone 12 and Midnight Green iPhone 11 Pro
  • A refreshed iPad Air will also launch this week in a new purple color, similar to what is available on the current iPad mini

Luke Miani’s take: This exclusive reporting covers some of the updates we can expect to see tomorrow, and I’m very confident in its accuracy. We can add this information to what others have heard about the refreshed iPad Air already: A15 chip, 5G support and Center Stage are also expected. As for the iPhone 13, don’t expect any updates beside color: this is basically what happened at last year’s Spring Loaded event, when Apple added a new Purple iPhone 12 with no other changes.

Exclusive: Next Apple Silicon MacBook Pros may be limited to 32GB of RAM

The exclusive: New information seems to cast doubt on the existence of 64GB RAM options for the upcoming MacBook Pro models, a ‘downgrade’ compared to current configuration options for Intel models, AppleTrack has learned.

  • 16GB of RAM will be standard on the 16-inch MacBook Pro as it is now, but we believe there may not be a 64GB RAM option as has been suggested by other sources
  • Apple allows current 16-inch MacBook Pros powered by Intel to be configured with 16, 32, or 64GB of RAM

Luke Miani’s take: This is a weird one folks. It seems odd that Apple would remove the option to upgrade to 64GB of RAM, and other sources have suggested that the option will remain…but the information we have received and verified indicates that 16 and 32GB will be the only options for the new machines. While this may disappoint some, I have to wonder if low demand for the more expensive $800 option for 64GB RAM contributed to Apple’s decision making here.

Exclusive: Upcoming MacBook Pros to feature upgraded UHS-II SD card slot

The exclusive: The next MacBook Pro models will feature UHS-II SD card readers, AppleTrack has learned from a trusted source.

Luke Miani’s take: Adding UHS-II to the MacBook Pro will be a huge upgrade to video editors and photographers – you know, the people who really want SD card slots! It’s been great to hear in multiple reports that the SD Card slot is making a comeback, but to have this additional high-speed capability is great news. 

Exclusive: Upcoming MacBook Pros will feature backlit Touch ID button

The exclusive: Apple’s upcoming MacBook Pro redesign will include an upgraded Touch ID sensor, according to new information obtained by AppleTrack.

  • According to new information we’ve reviewed, the upcoming MacBook Pro series will feature a revamped Touch ID button that is backlit by multiple dedicated LEDs
  • Interestingly, the Touch ID backlight is notably separate from the rest of the keyboard, suggesting that there may be unknown additional functionality tied to this key

Luke Miani’s take: While this information may be minor, there could be additional functionality involved here. While it’s possible this could be a simple backlight like other keys, the dedicated LEDs and repeated emphasis suggest to me that additional functionality could be involved. For example, if the redesigned MacBook Pros carry over the circular ring around the sensor as found on new iMacs, the LEDs could illuminate the ring with animations when prompted to use the sensor, or to confirm sensor readings.