The Studio Display is powered by the same A13 Bionic chip found in the iPhone 11 lineup, the 2020 iPhone SE, and the ninth-generation iPad to support its 12-megapixel Ultra Wide front-facing camera with Center Stage and a six-speaker sound system with Spatial Audio. The A13 processor is paired with 64GB of onboard storage, but only 2GB of that is currently used by the display.
Even though the A13 chip initially indicated that the display likely ran a variant of existing Apple software, it actually runs a full, up-to-date version of iOS, similar to the HomePod and HomePod mini. In System Information, under “Graphics/Displays,” the Studio Display’s software can be seen, stating that it is running “Version 15.4 (Build 19E241).” This is the same build number as iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4, which indicates that the Studio Display runs the full version of iOS.
Apple acknowledged that it had “discovered an issue where the system is not behaving as expected” and would be “making improvements in a software update” after receiving complaints about the Studio Display’s built-in webcam from early reviewers. Considering that the Studio Display runs on iOS, Apple’s planned upgrade to the webcam will be included in an iOS update. Rene Ritchie, a writer for The MacRumors Show, said in the most recent episode that Apple could go even further in the future, bringing new features like AirPlay to the Studio Display.
To be consistent with Apple’s 9.3-inch iPad Pro, the Studio Display uses the same 2.65GHz A13 Bionic chip and 12MP Ultra Wide front-facing camera with Center Stage as the 9.3-inch iPad Pro. If this is the case, the A13 processor and 62 GB of free storage on the Studio Display mean that future updates are possible, just like they have been for Apple’s other products.