Studio Display includes as much storage as iPad, iPhone 11

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A developer has discovered that Apple's Studio Display includes 64GB storage, meaning it has the same specifications for storage and processor as the 9th-generation iPad and the iPhone 11.




It wasn't announced at the Apple event, and it isn't listed in Apple's technical specifications, but the new Studio Display comes with 64GB of storage built in.

As discovered by Twitter user Khaos Tian, though, only approximately 2GB of the storage is actually in use.

lol Studio Display has 64GB onboard storage?! pic.twitter.com/XfHGCYUYMG

— Khaos Tian (@KhaosT)


The Studio Display uses the same A13 Bionic processor that's in the 9th generation iPad, and the iPhone 11. Both of those devices start with the same 64GB capacity.

It's not surprising that the monitor needs storage since it does run the A13 Bionic processor and iOS 15.4. This lets the display include features such as the webcam's Center Stage.

However, 64GB is more surprising. It's unlikely that Apple plans to use the storage for more features - though 64GB does match the highest-capacity Apple TV 4K. What's more likely is that it's to do with economies of scale, and that manufacturing it with less storage would entail production changes.

Khaos Tian's tweet with listing of the Studio Display's capacity was first spotted by Consomac.

Read on AppleInsider

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 12
    What are the chances that it will have airplay built in?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 12
    Hack it so it has airplay and/or tvOS functionality. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 12
    What are the chances that it will have airplay built in?
    No Bluetooth, no Network, the USB ports are routed to the connected machine (instead of used by the built-in iPhone), so no/small chance I would guess. Unless it gets jailbroken (which admittedly sound like an interesting proposition here). 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 12
    It’s far more likely that instead of “planned features”, it’s just cheaper to use an existing designed/built part.  
    twokatmewlkruppwatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 12
    Any idea if the A13 actually has access to the display? I was wondering if they are using chips with graphics defects.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 12
    blastdoorblastdoor Posts: 3,277member
    Any idea if the A13 actually has access to the display? I was wondering if they are using chips with graphics defects.
    Interesting idea! 

    Another thought -- might these A13s and 64GB be recycled from iPhone trade-ins (or iPhones with busted screens)? 
    applguywatto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 12
    blastdoor said:

    Another thought -- might these A13s and 64GB be recycled from iPhone trade-ins (or iPhones with busted screens)? 
    Possible, of course, but unlikely.  Apple would have no idea what stresses these chips may have been subjected to while in the field.  I don't think they would want to accept the reliability risk that would go with "used" chips in a new "top shelf" product.  More likely it's just a chip they were laready producing , so just keep the line going for another month and make a pile of cheap (relative) chips for this monitor.
    (or, as Inspired said, maybe they are chips that have defects in unused parts of the SOC, but are still perfectly viable for this limited use case.)
    edited March 2022 muthuk_vanalingamwatto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 12
    waveparticlewaveparticle Posts: 1,497member
    What is the speed of the 64 GB memory?
  • Reply 9 of 12
    crowleycrowley Posts: 10,453member
    What is the speed of the 64 GB memory?
    Not memory, storage.  It will probably be as fast as it was in the iPhone 11.  And why does it matter?  It's a display, not a storage device.
    muthuk_vanalingamwatto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 12
    Be kinda cool if it could be an external drive. Maybe a new Time Capsule 
    robabawatto_cobra
  • Reply 11 of 12
    JBSlough said:
    Be kinda cool if it could be an external drive. Maybe a new Time Capsule 
    A 64GB time capsule for your 256GB (or way more) computer? :)
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 12 of 12
    mattinozmattinoz Posts: 2,315member
    The 4K AppleTV only uses a A12 so the computer inside this monitor is nuts for what it is doing. 

    I think we are going to hear additional features at say WWDC, like a scaled version of the Watch Extensions, Display extensions will let your connected devices move some of the interface to the display and bridge the data from the device. Or some such multi-device shared handling. 

    watto_cobra
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