Whereas taking screenshots of Apple’s “Scary Quick” occasion video for an article this week, I seen one thing in Johnny Srouji’s lab: The 4 $7,000 Apple Professional Show XDRs that had been prominently positioned across the room weren’t hooked as much as Mac Professionals—they had been powered by Mac Studios.
Assuming these machines are top-of-the-line fashions with M2 Extremely processors, 192GB of RAM, and 8TB of storage for $8,799, Apple is mainly admitting the Mac Professional—which prices $11,799 with the identical specs because the Mac Studio—is a waste of area and cash.
Apple up to date the Mac Professional at WWDC in June with an M2 Extremely processor to switch the Intel mannequin from 2019. Nevertheless, whereas the brand new chip introduced an amazing pace increase, the swap to Apple silicon additionally took away the power to improve the reminiscence and graphics after buy. Which means the one actual advantage of the Mac Professional is enlargement slots for audio and video I/O, networking, and storage playing cards.
However on the very least, you’d assume the engineers would not less than use them at Apple Park. In spite of everything, they’ve entry to any Mac they need, but they opted for Mac Studios as a substitute of Mac Professionals. And it’s onerous accountable them. The Mac Studio is sufficiently small to suit underneath a show and has a pair of Thunderbolt 4 ports and an SDXC card slot card slot on the entrance for straightforward entry. (Although to be truthful, the Mac Professional does have two Thunderbolt 4 ports on the highest of the case.)
It’s onerous to not surprise how lengthy the Mac Professional will probably be made. It was a distinct segment machine earlier than the Mac Studio got here alongside and now there are fewer patrons then ever—if any. In spite of everything, even Apple doesn’t need one.