Apple’s new Studio Display enables the “Hey Siri” voice commands feature on several older Macs that previously did not offer support for the feature.
As noted by MacRumors, “Hey Siri” normally requires a MacBook Pro released in 2018 or later, the feature can be used on 2016 and 2017 models of the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro while connected to a Studio Display. In addition, while “Hey Siri” normally requires an iMac released in 2020 or later, the feature can be used on 2017 through 2019 models of the 21.5-inch iMac and 27-inch iMac while connected to a Studio Display.
The new display also enables the feature on Mac Desktops that didn’t support the feature with non-Apple displays, including the 2019 Mac Pro and 2018 and newer models of the Mac mini.
The Studio Display has a built-in A13 Bionic chip, which powers several features, including “Hey Siri,” Spatial Audio, and the Center Stage camera feature that helps keep you centered within the frame during video calls.
The full list of Macs compatible with the Studio Display on macOS Monterey 12.3 or later:
- Mac Studio
- 14-inch MacBook Pro, introduced in 2021
- 16-inch MacBook Pro, introduced in 2019 or later
- 13-inch MacBook Pro, introduced in 2016 or later
- 15-inch MacBook Pro, introduced in 2016 or later
- MacBook Air, introduced in 2018 or later
- iMac, introduced in 2017 or later
- iMac Pro
- Mac mini, introduced in 2018 or later
- Mac Pro, introduced in 2019
The Studio Display, which was released last week, boasts a 27-inch 5K Retina display, a 12MP Ultra Wide camera with Center Stage, and a high-fidelity six-speaker sound system with spatial audio, one Thunderbolt 3 port, and three USB-C ports.
Studio Display is $1,599 (US), and $1,499 (US) for education. Additional technical specifications, including nano-texture glass and a choice of stand options, are available at apple.com/store.