Apple Studio Display: The best display for creators?

Apple Studio Display: The best display for creators?

Apple has finally filled the void for less expensive displays. The XDR Pro Display offers all the bells and whistles; However, its price is very high. The brand new Apple Studio is a more affordable 5K monitor built for display creators.

The studio display is different from Apple’s previous monitors. You get a 27-inch panel, stunner looks, impressive hardware, and more. Let us take a closer look at the Apple Studio Display and what it has to offer.

Apple Studio Display Features and Specifications

At the center of the studio display is a 27-inch 5K Retina display. The display supports over a billion colors, P3 wide color and 14.7 million pixels. The Apple Studio Display delivers class-leading brightness of up to 600 nits.

True Tone technology will adjust the display parameters to match the lighting conditions. Unfortunately, the studio display misses out on HDR and the promotion’s variable refresh rates. If your setup is near a window, consider getting an anti-reflective nano texture coating. However, the display already comes with a glossy, anti-reflective coating.

Also, it runs on the A13, which is disappointing considering that the A15 powers the new iPhones. But to balance it out, the studio display is equipped with a 12MP ultra-wide camera and takes center stage!

Here’s a roundup of features at a glance:

  • 27 inch display
  • 5K resolution
  • A13 Bionic Chip
  • 12MP ultra-wide camera with center stage
  • 6-speaker sound system
  • local audio
  • hey siri
  • 1 TB3 port
  • 3 USB-C Ports


apple studio display design

The studio display looks sleek with narrow bezels and aluminum inking. The speaker cutouts facing down are hidden in plain sight. The Studio Display lets you tilt or change the display angle by up to 30 degrees. Apple has drawn criticism for not offering height adjustment on the iMac.

Meanwhile, the Studio Display with height adjustment will set you back another $399. Yes, you heard it right! Unlike the Pro Display XDR, the Studio Display is sold with a stand. You can also choose a VESA mount adapter for better flexibility.

Ports and Connectivity

Ports and Connectivity for Apple Studio Display

Apple Studio Display is compatible with all Macs. You get three USB-C ports and a Thunderbolt 3 port on the back (not Thunderbolt 4). Interestingly, you can fast charge the new MacBook Pro with the 96W USB-C cable. Apple says you can connect up to three studio displays with the MacBook Pro.

In addition, you can also connect iPad Pro and iPad Air 5 using Thunderbolt!

A13 Bionic Chip: Camera and Audio

Apple has put the A13 Bionic chip in the mix. Yes, this is the same chipset that does the duty on the iPhone 11. The chipset is meant to power the 12MP webcam, center stage, spatial audio and Hey Siri.

Desktop speakers stick out like a sore throat. Now you don’t have to worry about it with Apple Studio Display. The display packs a force-canceling woofer, Dolby Atmos and spatial audio with a six-speaker setup.

I doubt how well the spatial audio will work on the monitor. A three-mic array takes care of the audio input. The company describes it as “the best audio system ever made for Mac”.

Apple Studio Display Pricing and Availability

The Apple Studio Display starts at $1599. The fully loaded display with nano-texture, tilt- and height-adjustable stands costs $2,299. Add nano-textured glass, and it rises to $1899.

You can order the new studio display here Apple’s online store, It will also be available from March 18 at Apple Authorized Resellers and select Apple Stores.

Is Apple Studio the Right Choice for Display Creators?

Apple is billing the Studio Display as the ultimate choice for creators. The display starts at $1599 and is very similar to the one on the iMac. Meanwhile, the M1 iMac starts at $1300. The question is whether the slightly larger studio display is worth paying the premium for. Especially since it’s just a display whereas the iMac is a complete computer.

In addition, the MacBook Pro with the M1 chipset already offers better ISP, audio processing, and more. I’m not sure why Apple had to lean into the A13 chipset.

Most creators I know already have a high-end audio and video setup. Not sure if they’ll ever feel the need for an Apple Display speaker and webcam.

Apple Studio Display supports any Mac with Intel or Apple Silicon. It would have been great if Apple had included an HDMI port and USB 3.0 instead of USB 2.0. I expected a mini-LED panel instead of an edge-lit backlight. However, makers invested in the Apple ecosystem may consider Apple Studio Performance.

What are your thoughts about Apple Studio Display? Let me know in the comments below.

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