‘Hey Siri’ for linked Mac, A13 handling, Center Stage onboarding, and more Apple Studio Display details

Apple’s new Studio Display, which features a 27-inch 5K panel, built-in camera and microphones, and more, is finally here after multiple reports. After the event, 9to5Mac shared some insights regarding Studio Display, and now we have more to offer on how it enables “Hey Siri” for linked Macs and how the firmware is maintained by the A13 Bionic chip.

Hey Siri

Three built-in microphones on the Hey Siri Studio Display can be used for audio calls. Apple, on the other hand, employs these mics to recognize the “Hey Siri” voice command, which activates the company’s virtual assistant right away.

Hey Siri” has been available on Macs for some time, but some models, such as the Mac mini and Mac Pro, have never had support for it. Studio Display enables the “Hey Siri” command for any Mac connected to it, according to code reviewed by 9to5Mac.

Hey Siri” requires a 2018 or later MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, a 2020 or later iMac, or an iMac Pro if you’re not using a Studio Display.

A13 microprocessor

Studio Display has an A13 Bionic chip inside, as 9to5Mac initially reported last year (the same one used by the iPhone 11 lineup). Despite the fact that the processor is mostly used to process photos from the built-in camera, which allows for features like Center Stage, it runs iOS-based software.

As a result, Apple will be able to provide Studio Display software updates. When an update is ready, macOS will notify users, and the system can update multiple monitors at once if they have two or more displays attached to the same Mac.

“The screen may switch off for a few minutes during this firmware update,” says a system warning. It’s possible that disconnecting Studio Display during the update process will cause issues. If this occurs, macOS might prompt the user to “call an approved Apple service provider.”

Studio Display requires a software upgrade to work with some Macs, according to another system notification. The user must disconnect and rejoin the display in this scenario, and then “install software update when prompted.”

The Center of Attention

During a video conversation or video recording, Center Stage is a function that employs machine learning and an ultra-wide camera to always center the image on a person. Center Stage, which was previously only available on specific iPad models, is now available for the first time on the Mac, due to Studio Display and its built-in 12-megapixel camera.

When customers connect a Studio Display to a Mac for the first time, an onboarding screen appears, explaining how the feature works and allowing them to choose whether or not to keep it enabled.

It also crashes.

Studio Display currently has the same issues as an iOS device because it is built on an A13 Bionic chip with its own advanced firmware. In other words, it could crash out of nowhere, prompting a warning stating that the display has been restarted due to a malfunction.

The new Studio Display will be available for purchase on March 18th, with prices beginning at $1599.

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