n the realm of technology, the challenge of integrating Apple's Studio Display into a multi-device setup through hardware-based KVM switches cannot be overstated. These displays are more than mere monitors; they're sophisticated hubs equipped with a built-in webcam, dynamic audio systems, 3 USB-C downstream ports, and a Thunderbolt upstream port. It's like having a gigantic iPad as part of your workspace, redefining the conventional notion of a "monitor."
However, sharing Apple Studio Display monitors among two MacBook Pro laptops concurrently is a technical hurdle. These displays are designed to connect to a single device at a time, lacking built-in KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse) switch functionality or multiple device input ports (such as HDMI or DisplayPort), which would facilitate seamless switching between laptops without physically juggling cables.
To transform your Apple Studio Display into a shareable monitor through a KVM switch, it needs to operate in a "Display-only mode" – disabling all its multifunctional features. Moreover, the KVM switch must incorporate specialized VIDEO FAST Switching protocols to ensure swift transitions between the Display-only mode and Thunderbolt combo device mode.
Another critical requirement for a KVM switch to enable the Apple Studio Display's shared usage is comprehensive EDID emulation and EDID feeding to all connected systems. This ensures that the connected devices can communicate effectively with the display, delivering a seamless user experience.
In essence, sharing Apple's Studio Display with a KVM switch is a challenging feat, but with the right combination of features and protocols, it can be transformed from an impressive all-in-one hub into a versatile shared monitor for multiple devices.
With these important know-how in mind, we had successfully conducted a test to make an advanced DDM-class dual-monitor DP 1.4 KVM switch shared two Apple Studio Display monitors (27-in 5K60hz) with one Gaming PC ( GPU 4090) and one M2 MacBook Pro.
Attached is a link of the proof tested.