the great novelty of the Apple event yesterday afternoon was undoubtedly the MacStudio and its corresponding monitor studio display. A high-performance screen, to which you can connect an iPad with a USB-C connection. But unfortunately, it is not compatible with all iPads that have this port.
Of all the iPads that already have the USB-C connector, only three of them are compatible with the new Studio Display. Simply for the Transmission speed of data that the iPad can support.
Yesterday a few new devices were presented at the event «Peer Performance" from Apple. And until they begin to reach users who have already requested it, we have to limit ourselves to reading the features that Apple tells us, neither more nor less.
And one of those features of the Studio Display monitor refers to the iPads that are compatible with said screen, and that can be connected via a cable USB-C. It turns out that not all iPads that have such a connection will be able to use the Studio Display.
According to the company, the new 5-inch 27K Studio display is compatible with a range of Macs dating back to 2016 MacBook Pro models, but its compatibility with iPads is notably limited to the 11-inch iPad Pro, 12,9-inch iPad Pro (XNUMXrd generation and later) and the new Fifth generation iPad Air.
That excludes some iPad models that do have a USB-C connection, like the fourth-generation iPad Air and the latest iPad mini. The problem is that these models, even with a USB-C connection, do not reach the necessary data transmission speed in said port.
transmission speed issue
iPad Pro models that support Studio Display feature USB-C with a performance of 10 Gbps (also known as USB 2.1 Gen 2), while the fourth generation iPad Air and iPad mini 6 include a USB 3.1 Gen 1 USB-C connection of 5 Gbps. This connectivity standard supports a single external display with a resolution of up to 4K at 30 Hz. Therein lies the problem.
In contrast, the new iPad Air uses a USB 3.1 Gen 2 connector, which doubles its data throughput compared to the model it replaces, which matches the USB 2.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) of compatible iPad Pro models. Therefore, these devices can stand connection to a Studio Display.