Enlarge / Apple's new Mac Studio. (credit: Apple)
For months, everyone has been speculating that Apple would soon update high-end, Intel-based Mac mini configurations with its own custom-designed silicon, and now Apple has announced just that at its spring product event. But what we got is actually a little more than what we expected.
The new desktop Mac is called the Mac Studio, and it's like a Mac mini, but bigger—bigger in size and bigger in performance. The thicker desktop comes in multiple configurations based on Apple's M1 Max and the new M1 Ultra processor , which doubles the CPU and GPU core counts of the M1 Max.
The more powerful chips allow the Studio to offer a dramatically upgraded array of ports, compared to the M1 Mac mini. On the back, you get four Thunderbolt 4 ports, a 10GB Ethernet port, two USB-A ports, HDMI, and a headphone jack. Those ports allow it to drive up to four of Apple's 6K ProDisplay XDR screens at once, plus a 4K screen using the HDMI port.