One of the features Apple brought to some of its “newer” Macs is the ability to activate Siri with its trigger word, like how you would on an iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Presumably this is a hardware requirement because older Mac computers were not able to take advantage of this.
However, there is some good news because if you were thinking of picking up the Studio Display, it appears that the monitor is giving older Mac computers the ability to activate Siri with the “Hey Siri” phrase.
For context, only MacBook Pros released in 2018 or later can take advantage of the “Hey Siri” feature without requiring a Studio Display, but if a 2016 or 2017 MacBook Pro were to be attached to the Studio Display, they’ll be able to do that as well. We can only assume that this is due to the fact that the Studio Display actually comes with an A13 Bionic chipset inside of it.
This is the same chipset used to power the iPhone 11 series from back in 2019. While some did raise an eyebrow as to why a monitor requires such a powerful chipset, we now kind of know the reason why. The A13 chipset will also be used to activate certain features of the built-in webcam, like Center Stage that attempts to track the user’s face to ensure they remain in the center of the frame at all times.