These are the best deals on Apple’s powerful new Mac Studio

These are the best deals on Apple’s powerful new Mac Studio

Apple has officially announced the Mac Studio, and it’s a beast. The base model comes with the firm’s M1 Max processor, but it can be configured with the all-new M1 Ultra. The chip uses a new process that Apple calls UltraFusion to basically glue two M1 Max processors together. The result is performance that seems to be unbeatable.

All of that sits in a package that doesn’t even have to be blocked by your monitor. It pretty much looks like a couple of Mac Mini PCs stacked on top of each other. It also packs four Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports, Ethernet, HDMI, and more.

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The Apple Mac Studio is available now, and shipping dates are already getting pushed out.

It starts at $1,999, and that gets you a 10-core M1 Max with a 24-core GPU and 16-core Neural Engine, 32GB memory, and a 512GB SSD. This is by far the cheapest way to get a PC with an M1 Max chipset inside. In a 14-inch MacBook Pro, a similarly specced unit would cost you $2,899, so the Mac Studio might not look so expensive now.

Of course, it gets a lot more expensive if you want an M1 Ultra chipset. The least expensive option for that is $3,799, and that comes with 64GB memory and a 512GB SSD.

Naturally, the M1 Ultra isn’t for everyone. It is a very powerful chip, and it’s more of a specialty product at this point. If you’re looking at something more along the lines of a workstation, this might be something that you’d be looking at. Of course, Apple did tease a new Mac Pro that’s still going to be announced at a later date.

Right now, the main channels that you can get a Mac Studio from are Apple, Adorama, Best Buy, and B&H. There are pros and cons to each one, but as of right now, price isn’t one of them. It’s a brand-new Apple product, so prices are the same across the board.

    Apple's Mac Studio offers maximum performance in a minimal package, using Apple's new M1 Ultra chip
    Adorama can sometimes fly under the radar, so it might be a place to find stock if everyone else is sold out.
    With Best Buy, one of the benefits is that you can look up stock in physical stores, and then order online for pick up.
    B&H is another place where you might be able to find stock, and they have an in-person store in NYC.

While most shipping dates are pushed back, some retailers do have the M1 Max model available for immediate shipping, or even in-store pickup. As always, it’s also recommended that you buy AppleCare+ for your expensive new product.

    With AppleCare+, you'll be covered for up to two incidents of accidental damage, and it extends your warranty.

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Managing Editor for XDA Computing. I've been covering tech from smartphones to PCs since 2013. If you see me at a trade show, come say hi and let me ask you weird questions about why you use the tech you use.

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