[REVIEW] : Apple Studio Display: life begins badly for the Apple screen

When Apple unveils a new product, it is generally unanimous in the press. Admittedly, the brand markets its devices and services quite expensive, but they are generally with a quality in line with this high price. We can however find a recent exception: the Apple Studio Display. Apple’s monitor offers an excellent calibration, but not really better than the competition, and this comes mostly at the cost of many compromises.

One of the particularities of the Apple Studio Display is to integrate an Apple A13 chip to drive the integrated camera and the various functions of the screen, enough to allow the brand to offer software updates. Apple had notably promised fixes for the image quality offered by the camera on certain models.

AN UPDATE THAT DISAPPEARS

But now, for some Studio Display users this weekend, unable to install the display firmware update 15.4. What happened ? According to ArsTechnica, the most likely is a hiccup in the provision of updates by Apple. The latest iOS 15.4.1 update was not offered on the Studio Display at the same time as other iOS devices. However, to speed up the deployment of updates, Apple removes the digital signature from previous updates when a new one arrives.

In other words, and to simplify, Apple no longer offers the 15.4 update on its servers, but does not offer the 15.4.1 update on the Studio Display either. Result, the new screens which are still delivered with 15.3 cannot receive any update.

APPLE REACTS

As a matter of urgency, Apple has therefore resumed authenticating 15.4 updates on its servers to allow the Studio Display to be updated. Hopefully Apple will offer better update tracking for its $1,749 display.

The Studio Display screen reveals a secret about the future of the Mac mini

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith, well known on Twitter for his discoveries made in the source codes of various Apple software, has been talking about him again lately. He indeed found, in the internal software of the Apple Studio Display screen, a reference to a machine with a still unknown code name: Macmini10.1.

The latest Mac mini released is the Mac mini M1. It arrived in 2020 and has the identifier “Macmini9,1”. Since then, no other computer in the mini range has appeared at Apple, which is why the question persists about this “Macmini10.1” reference.

It would logically be the next generation Mac minieagerly awaited also with in particular the transition to a new generation Apple silicon chip, the M2 theoretically.

It remains to be seen when this new Mac mini should arrive on the market. According to the latest information from Mark Gurman, always well-informed about Apple, the upcoming WWDC 2022 conference should focus on new MacBook Air and a new Mac Pro. A new iMac Pro could also be revealed, alongside new software for Apple’s next OS. The SamaGame journalist has therefore at this stage not mentioned the arrival of a new Mac mini in the coming months.

However, if we look back, we can see that in the summer of 2020, Apple offered a first Mac mini Apple silicon to developers, to allow them to adapt to the new platform. The consumer version of the Mac mini M1 appeared much later, in November.

One could therefore imagine that Apple is indeed offering a new Mac mini Apple silicon this summer. Because on paper, the latest generation of the machine will already blow two candles next June.

Studio Display: why some customers are forced to bring the screen back to the Apple Store

There was a time not so long ago when almost no one had to worry about applying software updates to their computer screen… a bit like cars that are getting more and more electronics , Apple has integrated into its latest Studio Display an Apple A13 Bionic chip, the same chip found in the iPhone 11 / Pro / Max.

This chip and the motherboard on which it is located are responsible for all the magic necessary for the optimal functioning of the Hey Siri commands, voice processing, but also for an even more impressive sound reproduction and the operation of its “Center” webcam. Stage” that follows you as you move so you always stay in the field.

Studio Display bug prevents updating some macs

A disassembly of the screen next to that of an iMac shows that the latest of Apple’s screens is covered in electronics – so much so that one can, at first glance, wonder, faced with the two open devices, which is really the computer. So inevitably with such an approach, the Apple Studio Display needs regular software updates.

Except that not everything went as planned when the first firmware was launched with the macOS 12.3.1 update. Several threads on the Apple forums and on Reddit reveal that many Apple Studio Display owners are seeing this error message when trying to update their computer and display:

“The Apple Studio Display firmware update could not be completed. Try again in an hour. If the problem persists, contact an Apple Authorized Service Center”. As you will have understood, the screen update is not separate from the macOS 12.3.1 update. Suddenly, those who try to apply the latest security patches on their computer are left to stay stuck on macOS 12.3…

…Unless you unplug the Studio Display and temporarily use a less sophisticated external monitor. Restarting the screen, even several times, does not solve the problem. The only solution for many is therefore to bring their screen back to the Apple Store. For the time being Apple refuses to make any official comment. But the bug seems to come from a concern on the servers of the firm.

Apple fixes the bug preventing the Studio Display from being updated

Updating the Studio Display is possible again

Yesterday, we reported that users had an error message when updating their Studio Display. “The Apple Studio Display firmware update could not be completed. Try again in an hour. If the problem persists, contact an Apple Authorized Service Provider,” it read. Customers had been instructed to bring the screen to the Apple Store for repair. But on arrival, all this is not necessary.

You should know that the Studio Display runs on iOS. The latest update for the screen is iOS 15.4 and Apple recently stopped signing iOS 15.4 to its servers. This means that iPhone and iPad users can no longer install this specific version, Apple’s servers refuse the operation. Problem, the iPhone and iPad are no longer the only ones to have iOS, there is also the Studio Display . And that, Apple had not thought of it…

Apple has therefore made a change to sign iOS 15.4 again, but only for the Studio Display. Thus, the download and installation of the update can be done on the screen.