This week’s news was dominated by Apple’s event on Monday, and the company spent most of its time talking about the new MacBook Pro models with M1 Pro and M1 Max chip options, though we got a few other announcements at the event.
With Apple’s latest event in 2021 probably now out of the way, we’ve also returned straight to the rumor cycle this week with reports of future updates to the iMac, MacBook Air, iPhone SE and AirPods Pro, so read on for all the details!
Everything announced at the Apple Event in just 7 minutes
Apple held its virtual “Unleashed” event this week with several product announcements, including redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with Apple’s next-generation M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, a third-generation AirPod with a design similar to AirPods Pro with the exception of silicone ear tips and three new HomePod mini colors. There’s also a new Apple Music Voice Plan that revolves around Siri.
We put together a video with everything Apple announced at its event in just 7 minutes. For more details on Apple’s event announcements, check out our most important stories this week below.
Apple unveils redesigned MacBook Pro with notched screen
After months, if not years of rumors, the redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models are finally here, and full of new features. Early orders are being prepared for delivery before launch on Tuesday.
Key features of the new MacBook Pro models include Apple’s new generation M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, mini-LED screens with ProMotion for refresh rates up to 120Hz, additional ports such as HDMI port and SD card slot, MagSafe, physical function keys instead of Touch Bar -and much more.
Apple announces redesigned third-generation AirPods
Apple this week introduced the third generation of AirPods headphones with a similar design as the AirPods Pro, but without active noise cancellation or silicone ear tips.
Key features include improved sound quality with Adaptive EQ and surround sound, longer battery life, MagSafe charging housing, IPX4 water and sweat resistance and more. The third generation AirPods headset is available to order for $ 179 and will be launched on Tuesday, October 26th.
AirPods Pro now come with a MagSafe refill case, at the same price of $ 249.
HomePod Mini gets three new colors in November
Apple has announced that the HomePod mini will be available in three new colors next month, including yellow, orange and blue. The price remains $ 99, and space gray and white will still be available.
Apple also announced that, starting later this year, Siri support for multi-user voice recognition is expanding to all regions where the HomePod mini is available.
There’s also a new Apple Music Voice Plan that is limited to Siri for $ 4.99 per month.
The new MacBook pros are over 1.5x faster than the M1 Mac in test results
The first Geekbench 5 benchmark results have appeared for the new MacBook Pro models, and Apple’s M1 Pro and M1 Max chips are over 1.5x faster than the M1 chip in lower Macs.
There are also Geekbench graphics results that reveal that the GPU chip M1 Max is over 3x faster than the GPU chip M1 based on Apple’s Metal framework. Apple said the GPU in the M1 Max chip is actually up to 4x faster than the M1 GPU chip, so we’ll have to wait for further results to see.
It is rumored that Apple will launch a 27-inch Mini-LED iMac with promotion in early 2022.
Apple plans to unveil the new 27-inch iMac in early 2022, according to information shared by Display Supply Chain Consultants CEO Ross Young.
Young said the iMac’s screen will have a mini-LED backlight and ProMotion, allowing for an adjustable refresh rate between 24Hz and 120Hz.
We’ve also heard of some potential MacBook Air features for 2022, including the M2 chip, gray-and-white frames, MagSafe, and more. And finally, we’ve heard some short-lived rumors about the next iPhone SE and the second-generation AirPods Pro, so we’ll have to wait and see how those rumors evolve in the coming months.
Apple says high-power mode on a 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Max is designed for tasks like color grading 8K ProRes video
The new 16-inch MacBook Pro configured with the M1 Max chip features a new high-power mode to maximize performance in intense, enduring workloads such as 8K ProRes color-grading video, according to information shared by Apple.
We also learned some other MacBook Pro details, including that the SD card reader supports up to 250MB / s data transfer with UHS-II SD cards, that eGPUs are still not supported on Apple silicone and more.
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