Mac Studio tidbits: What Apple didn’t tell you

The news: Apple announced the all-new Mac Studio desktop at their March 8 Peek Performance event…but now we’re taking a closer look at some tidbits you should know.

  • Even though this is a higher-end desktop, there is a built-in speaker (but I doubt that it’ll be any good or even viable for anything more than a quick soundbite)
  • All Mac Studios ship with 4 Thunderbolt 4 ports on the back, but only the M1 Ultra Mac Studio also has Thunderbolt 4 ports on the front…the front ports on M1 Max are just standard USB-C
  • The Mac Studio with M1 Ultra weighs a whopping 2 pounds more than the same computer configured with M1 Max
  • Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0 and a 10Gb Ethernet port all come standard

Sam’s take: How does the M1 Ultra weight 2 pounds more than M1 Max? Am I the only one that finds this fascinating? But considering that most people will set this on their desk and never move it…I don’t think this weight difference actually matters. I’m also really grateful there’s a speaker on here as someone who probably relies on my built-in Mac speakers too much.