Apple Studio Display compatible with Windows, but macOS features will be missing

Apple recently announced the 27-inch Studio Display with 5K alongside the third-generation iPhone SE, iPad Air 5, and Mac Studio. The external display features a 12-megapixel webcam, a studio-quality, three-microphone array. and speakers that work great in Apple’s ecosystem when combined with macOS. But, how does the display works with Windows? Apple says there are a few limitations.

Apple Studio Display

Apple Studio Display not an ideal option if you do not own a Mac

A spokesperson for the Cupertino tech giant told The Verge that the Studio Display should act like any normal monitor with a built-in webcam and speakers when connected to a PC via the Thunderbolt connection. However, if you are planning to use it with Windows, there are a few factors you should keep in mind.

According to Apple, the Studio Display’s built-in 12-megapixel camera will function as a normal USB webcam when used with a PC. Note that there are some features Windows users miss out on since they require the display to be connected to a Mac.

The spokesperson confirmed that Center Stage is restricted to macOS. Center Stage is a feature that uses machine learning to adjust the camera of the display when using video conferencing apps to keep the image of the user-centered during a video call. Similarly, Spatial Audio support with Dolby Atmos or “Hey Siri” functionality will also be unavailable. 

Studio Display

Apple also notes that the display’s 5K 60Hz resolution will be dependent on the computer since not every PC is able to support a 5K 60Hz signal over Thunderbolt or USB-C. If your PC does not support 5K resolution, it will be limited to 4K or less.

In conclusion, the $1,600 price tag does not seem worth it if you only own a Windows computer as there are less expensive options on the market that may support your needs better. But, if the design is appealing to you and you do not mind certain limitations, the Studio Display will be a fine choice for you.

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Asma is an editor at iThinkDifferent with a strong focus on social media, Apple news, streaming services, guides, mobile gaming, app reviews, and more. When not blogging, Asma loves to play with her cat, draw, and binge on Netflix shows.

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