Studio Display adds 'Hey Siri' to older Mac models, has 64GB of storage

Studio Display adds ‘Hey Siri’ to older Mac models, has 64GB of storage


Apple Studio Display
That seems like a lot of storage space for a monitor.
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Studio Display’s surprisingly powerful internals allow it to enable “Hey Siri” on a number of older Mac models that don’t usually support the feature — including the 2019 Mac Pro and several Mac mini variants.

Users also discovered that Studio Display has a surprisingly large (64GB) amount of internal storage. We already knew that it runs the same version of iOS 15.4 as iPhone, but still, all that space seems pretty overkill.

Studio Display brings ‘Hey Siri’ to your old Mac

To use “Hey Siri,” you usually need a relatively modern Mac with a built-in microphone and speakers. But since Studio Display has all that baked in, newer machines are no longer a requirement for Apple’s digital assistant.

Simply connect the new monitor to your machine and you’ll be able to enable and use “Hey Siri” just like you would on a brand-new Mac model.

‘Hey Siri, how do you like my Studio Display?’

“Hey Siri” works on all Mac units compatible with Studio Display. So, if you have a 2016 or 2017 MacBook Pro, for instance — which doesn’t support “Hey Siri” out of the box — the feature will work with Studio Display.

Here’s the full list of Mac models that can use Apple’s new monitor (with macOS Monterey 12.3 or later):

  • Mac Studio
  • 14-inch MacBook Pro
  • 16-inch MacBook Pro
  • 13-inch MacBook Pro (2016 or later)
  • 15-inch MacBook Pro (2016 or later)
  • MacBook Air (2018 or later)
  • iMac (2017 or later)
  • iMac Pro
  • Mac mini (2018 or later)
  • Mac Pro (2019)

Studio Display’s internals continue to impress

It is Studio Display’s surprisingly powerful internals that allow “Hey Siri” to work on older machines. The 27-inch monitor packs an A13 Bionic processor (from iPhone 11), making it the most powerful display money can buy.

It also runs the same build of iOS 15.4 that runs on iPhone and iPad — and it packs (for some reason) a whopping 64GB of internal storage. It’s still unclear why Apple decided all that space was necessary.

Other internals include a 12-megapixel Ultra Wide camera with Center Stage, a six-speaker audio system that supports spatial audio, three microphones, and four connectivity ports. Prices start at $1,599.

Via: MacRumors