The inside of the Studio Display may be confusing at first because it has an internal setup that’s not too dissimilar from a computer like the Intel iMac, thanks to the inclusion of an A13 chip, speakers, and fans. Several iFixit staff members were shown an opened up iMac and a Studio Display and asked to determine which was which, and many of them got it wrong.
The Studio Display opens up with an iMac opening tool, so it’s easy to get to the components inside. iFixit last week gave a quick look at the Studio Display in its Mac Studio teardown, and confirmed at that time that the Studio Display Camera is essentially identical to the iPhone 11 camera.
There’s no internal indicator of why the Studio Display camera has been experiencing quality issues, and Apple has promised a software fix that’s coming in the future.
The Studio Display is using the exact same display as the 5K iMac, and there’s an internal power supply, which iFixit says is an impressive feat of engineering. The internal power supply makes the Studio Display different from the iMac because it requires massive fans for heat dissipation, plus it requires a ~50 percent thicker chassis.
The speakers are “impressive for a display,” and are glued down, which will make the speaker hardware difficult to remove. According to iFixit, the Studio Display’s build in general is an “impressive testament to Apple’s ability to solve problems.”
iFixit has not yet shared a full written teardown of the Mac Studio or the Studio Display, so there could still be a few additional tidbits to discover when the complete teardowns are available in the future.