Apple’s site says the new 27-inch, 5K Studio Display is compatible with a wide variety of Macs (and even some iPads), but the company has also told The edge that it should also work fine when connected to a Windows PC. There are a few caveats, of course, but if your PC is capable of running from it, the Studio Display should work like any normal monitor with a built-in webcam and speakers.
The webcam’s Windows compatibility was a bit up for debate; Apple’s website states that “Studio Display camera features and firmware updates require connection to a Mac.” While that language is unclear, Apple spokesperson Alex Bender told: The edge that the Studio Display’s built-in 12-megapixel camera should work like a normal USB webcam when using a PC.
However, he confirmed that features such as Center Stage will not be available. So are other macOS-specific features, such as Spatial Audio or “Hey Siri” functionality, despite the monitor having a built-in iPhone chip. While it seems theoretically possible that you can access music via AirPlay or Siri while the Studio Display is connected to a Windows computer (as you could if you had a HomePod next to your PC), Apple suggested that kind of functionality is limited to the Mac.
And if that ever changes, you’ll have to borrow a Mac to update the screen to support it.
Apple also notes that the resolution of the monitor depends on your machine – not every computer can output a 5K 60Hz signal over Thunderbolt or USB-C (although that was the case with the LG Ultrafine 5K).
At this point, it’s probably worth noting that the Studio Display probably won’t be a great buy if you alone have a Windows computer – if you’re looking for a monitor with speakers and a webcam, there are much cheaper options, and many people would probably choose a panel with a higher refresh rate rather than an extra K resolution. But hey, if you Real in Apple’s design, being a 5K foe, or switching between a Mac and a PC (which seems like the most likely scenario), it sounds like you’ll be totally fine picking up the Studio Display. But you may want to stay tuned for our upcoming review to see if the new monitor is worth its $1,600 starting price (which thankfully includes a stand, no matter how simple).