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Mac Studio and Studio Display: Our video editor is geeking out over them — here’s why


It wasn’t the Apple TV+ Friday Night Baseball announcement that captivated Laptop Mag’s media production permalancer Peter Norman — he’s an English lad who prefers cricket matches anyway. The iPhone 2020 SE unveiling didn’t do it for him, either; he’s content with his iPhone 13 Pro Max.

But when Apple introduced the brand-spankin’ new Mac Studio and Studio Display during the March 8 “Peek Performance” livestream, Norman’s eyes widened with thunderstruck glee and astonishment. He was overcome with an emotion Norman called “Apple envy,” an insatiable desire for shiny new products from the Cupertino-based tech giant.

Mac Studio’s mind-blowing performance left our video editor spellbound

Can you blame him? The Mac Studio, a beefed up version of the Mac mini, kicks personal computing up a notch with Apple’s most powerful chips: M1 Max and M1 Ultra. 

Mac Studio and Studio Display (Image credit: Apple)

The M1 Max packs in a 10-core CPU, 24-core GPU and a 16-core Neural Engine; the M1 Ultra sports a 20-core CPU, 48-core GPU and 32-core Neural Engine. If this sounds like gibberish to you, here’s the translation: M1 Max and M1 Ultra provides beastly processing power, superb graphical capabilities and monumental machine-learning prowess (the M1 Ultra is the more powerful of the two).

“The Mac Studio is just a processing monster; it’s mind-blowing!” Norman said, flabbergasted after hearing that the M1 Ultra-packed Mac Studio can play up to 18 streams of 8K video simultaneously. “For Laptop Mag videos, at most, we power up three concurrent streams of 4K video (with maybe a fourth running 6K content), but even my valiant M1 MacBook Air quaffs at that sometimes.”

Mac Studio

Mac Studio (Image credit: Apple)

The Mac Studio, on the other hand, has virtually no limitations, which means unbridled creativity for our resident video editor. “Thanks to the new Studio, the slowest factor in the process becomes your imagination,” Norman said. He acknowledges that the Mac Studio is overkill for what we do at Laptop Mag, but he’s wowed by the impact it will have in other industries (e.g. Hollywood). “In one scene, you can set up every camera angle you could imagine — well, realistically, up to 18 — in the highest quality available today.”

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