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Apple's Studio Display Guts Feature a Remarkable Feat of Over-engineering

by Sandra RayfordApril 2, 2022
Apple's Studio Display Guts Feature a Remarkable Feat of Over-engineering

The monitor's power source, according to iFixit, requires "massive" attention.

Apple's new Studio Display looks a lot like the revamped iMac, but once you open it up, it's a lot more complicated. The monitor is nearly 50 percent thicker than the company's all-in-one desktop, and there's a good reason for that.

Following up on its disassembly of the Mac Studio, iFixit dismantled the Studio Display to uncover what went into Apple's first dedicated monitor since the Pro Display XDR. A sophisticated, multi-board power supply board that's integrated within the monitor makes the studio display thicker than the iMac. Unlike the iMac, the Studio Display does not require an adapter to operate. 

It's one of those improvements that may appear minor at first glance, but it ultimately improves the user experience. "This could have been the same design as the iMac if [Apple] had gone with an external power source," iFixit added. It claims that designing a power supply as thin as the one found in the Studio Display took a significant amount of technical time and money.

iFixit noticed a few other intriguing facts about the Studio Display when dismantling it. Almost every review of the Studio Display has been critical of the web camera's performance. Apple has stated that a software update will be released to remedy the issue. 

Meanwhile, iFixit claims that the camera module in the Studio Display is remarkably identical to the one in the iPhone 11. "A three-year-old sensor is absolutely capable of packing a better punch than all of these reviewers are witnessing," the company stated. That's something to consider if you're considering buying the Studio Display.

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