Apple’s new studio display is an intriguing piece of technology, largely due to the A13 Bionic chipset that powers it – making it as powerful as an entire iPhone 11. But it turns out the Studio Display’s internal hardware is even weirder: The Studio Display has not only an A13 chipset, but it also comes with a whopping 64GB of internal storage, as spotted by Twitter user Khaos Tian.
The studio display with some storage is logical given the extra software Apple runs on it to enable additional camera and audio capabilities for things like portrait mode and spatial audio effects. But it’s certainly surprising to see how much hardware the new monitor has.
For those keeping track of things at home, the 64GB of storage and A13 chip means the Studio Display has a faster processor and twice the storage of the base model of the Apple TV 4K. It’s basically just a few RAM sticks and a Wi-Fi radio away from being a full-fledged Apple Silicon iMac (or a massive 27-inch non-touchscreen iPad). If that wasn’t enough The studio display is also literally running iOS 15.4the latest software build for Apple’s phones and tablets.
There’s a possible explanation for this: the Studio Display has an A13 chip, the same one Apple used on the iPhone 11. The base configuration of an iPhone 11 was 64GB — meaning Apple might just recycle old parts from the iPhone 11 (complete with its existing soldered-on storage) and clamp them into a display.
Indicates the studio need 64GB of storage space? Obviously not. But it’s possible that it was cheaper for Apple to simply reuse one of its most-produced chipset SKUs for the A13, rather than designing a brand new model with less storage space specifically for the Studio Display.
And who knows? Perhaps Apple (or an enterprising iOS jailbreaker) will find a way to leverage the Studio Display’s hardware for some sort of iOS, macOS, or tvOS experience in the future.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/22/22990875/apple-studio-display-64gb-storage-a13-processor-iphone-hardware Apple’s Studio Display has 64GB of storage in addition to its iPhone 11 caliber processor