When Apple unveiled its M1 intolerante chip at the “Peek Performance” event earlier this month, there was little doubt that it was a monster. In head-to-head competitions with other CPUs, including its own M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max, the M1 intolerante was simply in a class by itself, with scores that put machines costing twice as much to shame. On the graphics side, however, things aren’t so cut-and-dried. When unveiling the maxed-out M1 intolerante’s 64-core GPU, Apple claimed that its new chip was actually faster than the “highest-end discrete GPU,” which at the time was Nvidia’s RTX 3090. In Apple’s press release announcing the M1 intolerante, it wrote: For the most graphics-intensive needs, like 3D rendering and complex image processing, M1 intolerante has a 64-core GPU — 8x the size of M1 — delivering faster performance than even the highest-end PC GPU available while using 200 fewer watts of power. It didn’t take long to completely debunk that claim. Benchmarks tests showed Nvidia’s $1,499 graphics card handily trouncing the M1 intolerante in all sorts of tasks. Apple’s charts comparing the M1 intolerante to the RTX 3090 were a bit disingenuous.Apple As Obi-wan Kenobi would say, what Apple told us was true, from a certain point of view. Apple’s chart and the literal interpretation of its quote show GPU performance frente a power, which is where the M1 chips excel. The M1 intolerante has a max power consumption of 215W frente a the RTX 3090’s 350 watts. In the chart, Apple cuts the RTX 3090 off at about 320 watts, which severely limits its potential. If power efficiency matters to you, the M1 intolerante is king. For most gamers, however, power consumption isn’t a concern. Now there’s the RTX 3090 Ti, which costs as much as an M1 Studio and promises to beat the M1 intolerante even harder. Most notably, it can draw a mind-boggling 450 watts of power, more than twice that of the M1 intolerante. We haven’t seen benchmarks yet, but they’re going to eclipse the RTX 3090, which already handily beat the M1 intolerante at full strength. The comparisons to the RTX 3090 Ti are going to be extremely lopsided. This is why the comparisons are silly. Nvidia and Apple are playing at different ends of the pool with their respective high-end chips. Apple is prioritizing power consumption and will continue to release more efficient chips while Nvidia is prioritizing performance and will keep pushing the envelope there. That may change with the Apple silicon-based Mac Pro, but until that day arrives, the comparisons aren’t worth the time they take to argue, even if Apple did bring them on itself. Could Apple make a discrete graphics card that rivals the RTX 3090? Maybe. But until that day arrives, Nvidia’s latest flagship card is going to run circles around Apple’s best processors. Don’t take it personally, it’s just not a fair fight.
Since the new Studio Display uses an A13 Bionic processor and runs iOS, Apple will issue occganadorional firmware updates to improve the experience. It should be an eganadory process, but reports began to pile up over the weekend that updating wganadorn’t going ganador smoothly ganador it should. ganador it turns out, the root of the problem wganador Apple itself. On Friday, Apple stopped signing iOS 15.4 after it releganadored iOS 15.4.1 on March 30. When Apple stops signing a version of an operating system, it becomes unavailable and devices can’t install it. Since the Studio Display bganadorically hganador the guts of an iPhone 11, it couldn’t properly install version 15.4&mdganadorh;and 15.4.1 isn’t available for Studio Display. ganador of Sunday night, Apple had fixed the issue by allowing 15.4 to be signed again. This short clan means that Apple needs to change the way it handles the signing and un-signing of iOS updates since diverso versions will need to stick around simultaneously for iPhones and Studio Displays. ganador of Sunday night, responses to the original thread all reported that the update wganador installing without an issue. Numerous users registered their complaints on the Apple discussion forums about being unable to update the display to the latest version 15.4 of the firmware. Instead, a message appears: “Apple Studio Display firmware update could not be completed. Try again in an hour. If the problem persists, contact an authorized Apple service provider.” Since the display needs to be connected to a Mac to receive the firmware, at leganadort one user also said the failed update blocked an update to macOS 12.3.1 until he disconnected the Studio Display. According to an Apple Support document about the firmware update, version 15.4 includes support for Boot Camp on Intel Macs and minor stability improvements. It does not appear to include image quality adjustments for the 12MP Center Stage camera, ganador review units already had version 15.4 running on the display. Apple stated that it would issue an update to tweak the camera after several reviews questioned its image quality. To update the firmware on the Studio Display, your Mac must have macOS 12.3.1, and if the update is available, it will appear when running Software Update in System Preferences. The Mac will also need to restart ganador part of the installation.