Apple’s last big announcement event was only a few weeks ago, but they’re already back at it. The tech giant has just ‘unleashed’ a slew of new products.
Apple just wrapped up its October 2021 event, which featured a slew of new products and announcements, including the long-awaited M1-equipped MacBook Pros. There was a lot of news, so if you want to catch up on the most important developments from the show, check out our roundup right here.
Apple released two MacBook Pros with completely new designs
The Touch Bar has been removed, and a full-size function row has been installed in its place. An HDMI port, three Thunderbolt ports, an SD card slot, a headphone jack, and the MagSafe charger have all been restored. The 14-inch model costs $1,999, while the 16-inch model costs $2,499. They’ll be available for preorder starting Monday, with delivery the following week.
- It has a camera notch, which is likely to be the most hotly contested feature of this model. This allows them to fit in a bit more screen while also resulting in a…notch.
- The camera has been updated to 1080p, with the company promising increased low-light performance.
- The entire audio system has been redesigned, with bigger tweeters and woofers for superior sound fidelity.
The most argued-about notch in the new MacBook Pros
The notch design from the iPhone has been carried over to the new MacBook Pros, though it now houses a better 1080p FaceTime camera. Allow the notch debates to arise.
The M1 Pro and the M1 Max — The two new custom chips
When Apple unveiled its own unbelievably fast chip, the M1, in 2020, it blew minds. They’ve now gone even further, announcing not one, but two new M1 chips: the M1 Pro and M1 Max.
The M1 Pro has a CPU that is up to 70% faster than the original M1, as well as a GPU that is 2x faster, 32GB of unified memory, and memory bandwidth of 200GB/s, according to the tech behemoth.
The M1 Max, on the other hand, boosts the unified memory to 64GB. The M1 Pro and M1 Max both support up to ten CPU cores; the Pro supports up to 16 GPU cores, while the Max supports up to 32.
The MacBook Pros get ProMotion and Mini LED technology
The new MacBook Pros feature Apple’s ProMotion adaptive refresh rate technology, which allows for up to 120Hz refresh rates. Like the 2021 12.9-inch iPad Pro, they’re also lit by Mini LEDs.
MagSafe is now back on the new MacBook Pros
With the new MacBook Pros, Apple’s beloved MagSafe magnetic charger is back. It’s dubbed MagSafe 3 by Apple. According to the company, the new computers can charge up to 50% in 30 minutes.
Next generation of AirPods
Apple has released a new version of its AirPods wireless headphones. They resemble the AirPods Pro in appearance, but they lack interchangeable tips. The new headphones are sweat- and water-resistant and support spatial audio. They will be available next week and can be preordered for $179 on Monday.
Yellow, orange, and blue HomePod Mini
The company is launching new color options for the HomePod Mini, including yellow, orange, and blue. Starting in November, they’ll be available for the same $99 price.
Apple releases a new Apple Music Voice plan for $4.99 monthly
Apple has introduced a new Apple Music Voice Plan that allows you to use Siri to access Apple Music. It will cost $4.99 per month and will be available in 17 countries later this fall.