Apple’s expensive Studio display works with Windows

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Apple releases the new Studio Display monitor, much to the excitement of Mac fans. But can the high-end monitor work on Windows PCs? According to Apple, you can.

Officially, Apple’s website lists compatibility with a slew of Mac and iPads, but makes no mention of Windows PCs. In fact, the company’s site says, “Studio Display camera functions and firmware updates require connection to a Mac.” That gives the impression that you need a Mac to get firmware updates for the monitor, or even that it won’t work at all without connecting to one of Apple’s computers.

However, the company told The Verge that the monitor works fine with Windows PCs, including the webcam and speakers, although you’ll need a Mac to get updates.

The webcam should work like any other USB camera when connected to a Windows PC. However, as you would expect, Center Stage does not work on Windows. Since that’s a feature specific to Apple devices, it makes sense. Spatial Audio and “Hey Siri” also don’t work, as these are Apple-specific features.

Resolution is another question, and Apple pointed out that not all devices can run with the 5K 60Hz specs supported by the Studio Display.

Basically, linking the Studio Display to Windows makes it a regular monitor with speakers and a webcam (although it’s a really nice monitor with speakers and a webcam). Is it worth spending $1,599 for a nice monitor? That’s up to you to decide, but at least you have the option.

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