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Could this MacBook Pro rig be any more Apple? [Setups]

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Even the wall art above the Studio Display is Apple -- a deconstructed iPhone.
Even the wall art above the Studio Display is Apple -- a deconstructed iPhone.
Photo: 17parkc@Reddit.com

Some computer setups are more Apple-ish than others. Apple-y. Apple-centric. Today’s featured M1 Max MacBook Pro outfit welcomes a new Studio Display to replace a recently “retired” 20-inch Cinema Display, and that’s just the start of the Cupertino madness.

Almost everything else in the setup is Apple, too. The input devices, the audio gear — even some of the wall art. And what’s in the book collection? The Cult of Mac hardcover book.

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Studio Display replaces Cinema Display in M1 Max MacBook Pro setup

Redditor 17parkc showcased the Apple-riffic setup in a post entitled, “My Studio Display & 16″ M1 Max Desk Setup. Finally retired the 20″ Cinema Display.”

Fourth time’s the charm

Back in May 2021, 17parkc's hot new thing was an iMac.
Back in May 2021, 17parkc’s hot new thing was an iMac.
Photo: 17parkc@Reddit.com

This marks the fourth time we’ve covered 17parkc’s computer setups. In May 2021 they got a new iMac back when they were first shipping and seeing delays. In August 2021 they showed off a clamshell iBook from about the year 2000. And in December 2022 they paired the powerful M1 Max MacBook Pro with an old 20-inch Cinema Display and the iconic Harmon Kardon SoundSticks speaker system.

And now a Studio Display replaces the venerable Cinema Display. The 20-incher first came out in 2003, replacing the 22-inch model that Apple released in 1999. It dates back to the heyday of the comedy Friends on TV, and maybe that’s what made us think of the Chandler-Bing-esque headline on this post. The show signed off in 2004 after 10 seasons.

“I like the blend of modern, minimal and vintage (with the iPod),” a commenter said of the setup. “How are you finding the Studio Display?”

“After about a week of using it, it’s a phenomenal package,” 17parkc replied. “The build quality is unmatched, the display is gorgeous to look at, and the sound just fills the space amazingly.”

Apple discontinued the 20-inch Cinema Display in early 2009. It featured 680 × 1050 pixel resolution. The 27-inch Studio Display, launched in March 2022, blows that away with 5K resolution (5120 x 2880, with 218 pixels per inch).

Apple peripherals and wall art

In August 2021, the iMac moved to new digs with a classic iBook.
In August 2021, the iMac moved to new digs with a classic iBook. You can see the old laptop on 17parkc’s shelf under the cars.
Photo: 17parkc@Reddit.com

In addition to the power Apple laptop and the luminous Apple display, 17parkc sports Apple input devices, Apple audio devices and even Apple wall art.

On the desk in front of the display sit a short Magic Keyboard, a Magic Trackpad 2 and a Magic Mouse 2. No Logitech gear here.

In past setups 17parkc displayed AirPods Max in a case. Here they sport an iPod classic on a stand and AirPods Pro (2nd generation) in a charging case.

And while the big wall art is an impressive historical urban plan of “New York and Brooklyn” (meaning Manhattan and Brooklyn), the smaller item above the Studio Display is a deconstructed iPhone in a frame. Beautiful. It’s probably the work of Grid Studio (or someone who does very similar work).

And you can see the hardcover The Cult of Mac, by this website’s publisher, Leander Kahney, on the shelf beneath the MacBook Pro.

How Apple can you get? In the case of this setup, the answer is “very.”

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In December 2022, the 20-inch Cinema Display had yet to "retire." But now a new Studio Display's doing the job.
In December 2022, the 20-inch Cinema Display had yet to “retire.” But now a new Studio Display’s doing the job. And the Harmon Kardon SoundSticks seems to be gone.
Photo: 17parkc@Reddit.com

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