The Mac Studio a Apple it was demolished to show modular storage

The Mac Studio a Apple it was demolished to show modular storage

Building in the RAM, while perhaps understandable from a performance standpoint, is also irritating on a desktop machine. Getting into the box presented few challenges. Peeling back the foot ring revealed four standard Torx screws and beyond that the black expanse of the power supply. “This thing weighs a ton and is giving off some serious Darth Vader vibes,” quipped iFixit. Certainly, Apple has very much committed to black on the Studio’s internals.

Taken a look at Apple’s latest and greatest — the Mac Studio. What’s the good news? Storage swappers may have reason to hope. What’s the bad news? Everything else is optional. For all intents and purposes, the Mac Studio resembles a Mac Mini that has had a growth spurt. The aluminium block is slightly over twice the height of Apple’s entry-level desktop and is crammed with connectors. A dieu to the “dongleverse,” which has plagued many an Apple fan’s life.

Highlights

  • Frustrating for sure, although more annoying is the built-in RAM, meaning that the configuration chosen at purchase will be the one that customers must stick with until the Studio gets relegated to the drawer of obsolete kit that one cannot bear to consign to the landfill. Tearing past the ports (“and glorious SD card reader”) the team finally came to the cooling assembly designed to keep the M1 Max chip cool.

  • Going deeper, the team found the modular storage was easily removable. There was even an extra slot for another storage module but, alas, simply sticking the storage stick into another base-level Mac Studio’s spare slot resulted in errors. However, it was possible to exchange two storage cards of the same size. “Hopefully,” observed iFixit, “a software update will make the spare slot worthwhile, but it’s always a bummer to see repair and upgrades at the end of the priority list.”

Sadly, however, all the heat dissipation tech and extra ports did not translate to a high repairability score. While there are storage slots, upgradeability seems to be off the cards for the time being. Building in the RAM, while perhaps understandable from a performance standpoint, is also irritating on a desktop machine. The global semiconductor shortage has engineers scrambling to acquire replacement parts, cancelling projects, or redesigning hardware from scratch, distributor Avnet revealed this month.

Looking for all the world like a quadcopter, “these fans are just so much more massive than other Mac fans,” said iFixit, “and the heat sink positively dwarfs the M1 Mini with more than six times the weight.” Just two die for: Apple reveals M1 Ultra chip in Mac Studio. Internet connection now required for Windows 11 Pro Insider setup. Refurb your enthusiasm: Apple is selling an 8-year-old desktop for over £5.

Following interviews with 530 engineers spanning the planet, Avnet said 93 percent of respondents are seeing delays in chip shipments, with longer lead times. A majority also expect chip prices to go up in the next 18 months. Among the most problematic parts are microcontrollers (MCUs), with delays stretching 50 weeks. MCU demand also outstripped supply, which led to drastic price increases. Respondents said that MCU prices were “more than 10 and even 20 times that of pre-pandemic pricing,” according to the survey.

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