Mac Studio ports: Everything you can plug into this new Apple device


The Mac Studio is a compact, self-contained computer for creative professionals.


During Apple’s Peek Performance Product Launch Event on Tuesday, the tech giant introduced the mac studio, a small stand-alone computer designed for creative professionals. The Mac Studio, with accompanying Studio Display, offers performance, connectivity and modularity for musicians, photographers, videographers and engineers. The Mac Studio starts at $1,999 (£1,999, AU$2,499) and will be available from March 18. Pre-orders are open now.

The Mac Studio also has connectivity ports on the front and back. Multiple ports make it easy to multitask and customize workspaces to best suit their needs. The Mac Studio has a total of 12 ports – nine on the back and three on the front.

Here’s a breakdown of each port on the Mac Studio:

Thunderbolt 4 ports

What theyre doing: A Thunderbolt 4 cable lets you connect external monitors, USB devices, and more. Thunderbolt ports provide enough bandwidth to connect high-speed devices and more easily support high-powered, resource-intensive equipment.

Where they are: The Mac Studio has four Thunderbolt 4 ports on the back.

At the end of the line : Mac Studio’s multiple Thunderbolt 4 ports mean more ways to connect devices without having to worry about your tech slowing down.

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The HDMI port is next to the four Thunderbolt 4 ports on the Mac Studio.


ethernet port

What he does: An Ethernet port (also known as a socket or jack) creates an Ethernet connection between computers, servers, routers, game consoles, printers and more. Ethernet can also help you connect to the Internet if you are not using Wi-Fi.

Where is it: You’ll find the Mac Studio’s Ethernet port on the back.

At the end of the line : The Mac Studio offers a 10GB Ethernet port, which means users can transfer and convert files faster.

USB-A ports

What theyre doing: USB-A ports and cables work similarly to USB-C, but are usually found on older devices. Like USB-C, USB-A can be used to charge or connect separate devices.

Where they are: You can find two USB-A ports on the back of the Mac Studio.

At the end of the line: If you get a Mac Studio, you’ll be able to plug in some of your older tech without having to buy an adapter.

USB-C ports

What theyre doing: USB-C ports and cables are like USB-A, but for newer technology. These ports can be used to connect and charge external devices such as phones or cameras.

Where they are: The Mac Studio has two USB-C ports on the front of the device.

At the end of the line : Apple said it placed these two ports on the front of the Mac Studio for quick access and changes to devices. If you’re using a Mac M1, these ports operate at a data transfer rate of 10 Gbps. If you’re using Macs with the new M1 Ultra chip, Apple says the ports are Thunderbolt 4. That means data transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps.

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Two USB-A ports, an HDMI port, and a headphone jack are also found on the back of the Mac Studio.


HDMI socket

What he does: HDMI ports connect with HDMI cables to send and receive video and audio between external devices, like monitors and TVs.

Where is it: An HDMI port is available on the back of the Mac Studio.

Low line: The Mac Studio’s HDMI port is another way for users to expand their work setup for maximum efficiency.

Headphone jack

What he does: The headphone ports allow you to connect external headphones using a cable, rather than wirelessly with Bluetooth. This can be an advantage if you want to use a favorite pair of wired headphones as your primary pair or as a backup if your wireless headphones are charging.

Where is it: The headphone jack is on the back of the Mac Studio.

At the end of the line : The Mac Studio headphone jack is also a professional audio jack. This means it supports high impedance headphones or external speakers.

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Two USB-C ports and an SD card slot are easily accessible on the front of the Mac Studio.


SDXC slot

What he does: An SD card slot gives you quick access to media. For example, if you’re a photographer, you can insert your DSLR camera’s SD card into the slot on the MacBook Pro to view your images.

Where is it: The Mac Studio has an SD card slot on the front.

At the end of the line: Apple markets the Mac Studio for creative professionals, with special technology for photographers and videographers, so the device offers quick access to camera memory cards and external storage.

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