Product Hunt Daily Digest
March 8th, 2022

The best from the Apple "Peek Performance" event: M1 Ultra and more

Apple’s cleverly-named launch event, “Peek Performance,” unveiled new products yesterday and this time new colors are the footnote.

In fact, we asked Twitter which were the best updates and you told us you're most excited about the new Mac Studio with the new M1 Ultra chip.

Let’s start with chip. Apple found a way to package two M1 chips together to create a new, powerful System on a Chip (Apple calls this packaging UltraFusion because everything must sound as cool as if Tony Stark made it).

Apple says the M1 Ultra is nearly 8x faster than the M1. With a bunch of graphs, it illustrated just how powerful the processor is compared to others on the market — “the world’s most powerful chip for a personal computer.” It supports up to 128GB of memory with a 20-core CPU and 64-core GPU. The 32-core Neural Engine covers up to 22 trillion operations per second “to accelerate the most formidable machine learning tasks.” All kinds of professionals are excited to see Apple “serving its pro users again.”

You’ll have the option to choose the M1 Ultra inside the new Mac Studio, which is already generating affectionate memes as a thicc version of the Mac Mini. Powered by the M1 Ultra chip, the visuals on your computer should be drool-worthy too. The Mac Studio can play back up to 18 streams of 8K ProRes 422 video “— a feat no other chip can accomplish.” Despite its size, Apple says it will fit under most displays and stay quiet.

Speaking of visuals, you can pair these with the new Apple Studio Display, a 27-inch, 5K Retina monitor that can reach 600 nits of brightness. Above the screen is a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera, and the six-speaker high fidelity system incorporates spatial audio.

Other key announcements from yesterday included a new iPad Air with M1 chip and 5G, an iPhone SE that can give you a similar experience to its pricier iPhone 13 models, and an alpine green option for your iPhone.

If you’re planning to run out and pre-order a whole new environment around the M1 Ultra, it will set you back at least $5,600 — the Mac Studio starts at $3,999 and the Studio Display at $1,599, but you’ll have to shell out more if you want a height-adjustable stand, etc. Just make sure to send your pics to Ryan Gilbert’s Workspaces Newsletter when it arrives so we can see it.

The age of M1 Ultra

The artist Damjanski is back his latest project at the intersection of tech and art (remember the CAPTCHA that only lets bots through or the camera that removes humans?).

Unhuman Compositions is his first dapp and you’re invited to participate. We also talked to the Maker Grant recipient about how he approaches his work and what inspires him — read it here.
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