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You can't fix the lower quality ultra-wide camera with software patches. The fact that the software does a digital zoom destroys the image quality. A desktop monitor doesn't need center stage when you are sitting directly in front of it. Sad that Apple touted the camera features, and then used the lower quality ultra-wide camera in a $1,599 device. The 1080P camera in the 2017 iMac Pro and 2020 iMac 27" are better cameras and produce a far better image.
jesusfreak said:Could we just get a new M based 27" iMac with upgradable RAM? Come on Apple?! I'm a stock holder, and love the profits, but forcing customers to buy outdated equipment and to no degree of upgradability is really not cool.
john-useless said:Andrew, you wrote: "Because of Thunderbolt data limitations, it isn't possible to daisy chain two 5K studio displays." Do you know if it's possible to daisy-chain a lower-resolution third-party monitor to a USB-C port on the new Apple Studio Display?
I have a 27-inch Dell QHD resolution monitor, which is 2560x1440 pixels. That's the same resolution as the original Thunderbolt Display and Apple's 27-inch iMacs from the 2009 to 2013 models. (The 2014 edition of the 27-inch iMac was the first Retina 5K model at 5120x2880 pixels.)
I have an Apple Studio Display on order. I'm hoping that I'll need only connect one cable (from the Studio Display's one Thunderbolt port) to my MacBook Pro (14-inch, 2021) and that the one cable will provide the MacBook both with power and with connections to two monitors — the Studio Display and a 27-inch Dell monitor with USB-C and QHD resolution. In other words, the chain would be: 14-inch MacBook Pro <—> Thunderbolt cable <—> Apple Studio Display <—> USB-C cable <—> Dell U2721DE monitor, if that works.
Thanks for any info!
I saw the new Studio Display at the Apple Store. It is definitely not worth the $1,599 price tag. The fact that the display has fans in it, makes you wonder how hot is it going to be? The Apple Thunderbolt Display was a literal space heater that could heat a room. I had two of them that I got used for $350 total. One started to fail after 4 years of use with the LED burn marks appearing, and I was glad to sell them for cheap to get rid of them. They literally heated my room and in the summer, it was brutal. I replaced them with two Samsung 28" 4K monitors that have much better image quality, and they were only $269 each! I think the general consumer doesn't care about 4K or 5K and most will opt for a decent 4K monitor for much less. I don't need a webcam or speakers in my display. I have the Klipsch 2.1 Media Speakers that blow away anything from Apple. If I need a webcam, I have one in my MacBook Pro, 2020 iMac 27", or iPhone or iPad. I don't need Center Stage either. Most say they get a sick feeling watching the panning. It is like they added a bunch of features that most people don't really care about, and the one feature people would use, they left out - Ethernet!
Remember when everyone was spreading rumors that the new iMac would be 32"? Guess what? Apple gave you the same 27" display from the iMac, for the price of the iMac, without the iMac. Remember when Schiller said you get this amazing 5K display, and it comes with a computer? Now it is the other way around. I think most people that buy the Mac Studio will opt for a third party display, and maybe go larger with a 32" 4K display. Most will be able to get two excellent 4K displays for less than one Apple Studio Display. If Apple priced it at $999, with the height adjustable stand, they would have had a hit. Since Apple is so health conscious, the height adjustable stand should be the included stand. The fixed tilt stand is ridiculous. It is funny when people stack books under their iMac to raise it up. Watch MKHBD's review of the display on YouTube. He nails it with his review.
That is probably a good thing that it does not have miniLED and ProMotion. Over on the other tech site, there is an article identifying a new issue with the 32" XDR display and the XDR displays in the 14" and 16" MacBook Pros in which they can exhibit dimming due to overheating. Apple's new support doc says to quit any processor intensive apps, stop viewing HDR content, turn on your AC in the room with the Mac, or put the Mac to sleep until the display can cool down. That is their solution for these displays that can overheat. I would rather have an LCD that works, instead of a miniLED display that can dim down due to overheating.