Apple’s last blockbuster announcement event was only a few weeks ago, yet they’re already returning to this. The previous one was all about iPhones and Apple Watches. Is it different this time? It was all about new AirPods, Chip, and MacBook Pros.
Too busy to attend an event! Here’s an overview of everything you want to know, broken down into the highlights.
Airpods 3rd Generation
The non-Pro AirPods are receiving a makeover, with a new design, spatial audio compatibility, the Pro line’s “force sensor” for managing music and calls, and enhanced sweat/water resistance. Apple claims that the battery life has been increased as well, with a claimed run duration of 6 hours on a single charge up from 5 hours before. The third-generation AirPods will be available for $179 from next week.
HomePod Mini In Bold Colors
Apple has unveiled three additional bold color options for the HomePod mini: yellow, orange, and blue, in addition to space grey and white. The HomePod mini was among our favorite wireless speakers last year, winning up the title for best wireless speaker in 2021. The launch of the new colors coincided with the revelation of a new price – the HomePod mini has been slashed to $99.
This speaker can take whatever you throw at it while still providing remarkable room-filling volume. It’s also a good smart speaker, allowing you to manage anything in your Home app with ease, and the new Thread hub allows you to connect certain smart devices directly.
Scary Fast M1 Pro & M1 Max Chip
In 2020, Apple stunned the world by introducing its own insanely fast microprocessor, the M1. They’ve now gone one step further, unveiling not one, but two special M1 chips – the M1 Pro and M1 Max.
Apple claims that the M1 Pro CPU is up to 70% speedier than the original M1, with a GPU that is up to boost up, 32GB of unitary memory, and a storage capacity of 200GB/s. Meanwhile, the M1 Max increases the overall memory to 64GB. Both the M1 Pro and M1 Max support up to 10 CPU cores; the Pro supports up to 16-core GPUs, while the Max allows up to 32-core.
Supercharged Macbook Pro
The all-new MacBook Pro range is now available. The new MacBooks are powered by the M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets, which are built specifically for Mac. The new MacBook Pro notebook includes a Liquid Retina XDR display, a new set of connectors for outstanding connectivity, and a 1080p FaceTime HD camera. Apple has reinstated MagSafe 3 charging with the latest Mac laptops.
- It’ll be available in two versions: 16-inch and 14-inch.
- MagSafe has returned! The Touch Bar has gone away! It features ports, such as an SD card slot and an HDMI port!
- Endorse for 120Hz ProMotion for better scrolling.
- It has a camera notch, which is likely to be the most contentious feature of this device. This allows them to fit in a bit more screen while also resulting in, well, a slot.
- The camera has been improved to 1080p, with Apple touting triple low-light performance.
- The entire audio system has been redesigned, with bigger tweeters and woofers for better acoustic fidelity.
- The 14-inch model will cost $1999, while the 16-inch variant will cost $2499.
Following are the most recent devices unveiled at Apple’s October 2021 event, along with their pricing and availability dates:
irpods 3rd Generation – Starts at $179. Available next week.
Homepod Mini – Starts at $99. Available next week.
MacBook Pro – Starts at $1999. Available next week.
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