Apple has presented new devices during the "Peek Performance" event. Among them we have the Studio Display; the company's new external monitor that comes to complement the Pro Display XDR. Yes, at a much lower price.
The Studio Display has features that make it a very attractive monitor. Among them we find an impressive 27-inch 5K screen, capable of displaying up to 1,000 million colors and anti-reflective technology. That's not all, however, as Apple's Studio Display also has the brain of an iPhone inside.
One of the main novelties of the Studio Display is that it includes an A13 chip. Yes, the same as the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. Of course, those from Cupertino have not put it there for nothing. Why does Apple's external monitor have the processor of an iPhone? Why does it have to be so powerful?
The brain of the Studio Display is an A13 chip
Studio Display, the new Apple screen
On this occasion, Apple has allocated the A13 chip to tasks other than those that it would usually execute on a mobile. While the Studio Display isn't responsible for running apps — that's what the connected computer is for — there is a reason Apple included it.
This new monitor, in turn, has a triple microphone system to offer studio quality when recording audio or during calls. In addition, it has voice commands for Siri. Of course, these are not the only features of Apple's Studio Display, but it is an ambitious and unusual compendium for a monitor.
A processing that changes the rules of the game
Of course, each of these functions requires a central body to help coordinate them successfully. Siri's artificial intelligence when executing commands, for example, needs a processing unit to be able to analyze the user's voice commands.
Likewise, Spatial Audio requires a prior study of the environment in which the device is located, in order to take full advantage of its characteristics. In this way, the Studio Display can use its six speakers to recognize the room it is in; send this information to the A13 chip, process it and deliver immersive audio quality.
Powered by the Apple chip. The A13 Bionic chip is behind some of the most revolutionary features of the Studio Display, such as Centered Framing, spatial audio and "Hey Siri".
Center Stage, or Center Stage in English, is a feature that Apple first included in its ecosystem with the iPad Pro M1. Using the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning, iPad Pro is able to recognize a person — or multiple people — in front of the screen and track them. Now this feature has come to the Studio Display as well. Of course, to work it needs a processor powerful enough for the AI to carry out its functions.
These are the most interesting features that are enhanced by the powerful A13 chip of the Studio Display. The external monitor is the ideal complement for any Mac; such as the new Mac Studio. In turn, the rest of the features are as impressive as its internal processor.