Apple has made another announcement this year!
From it’s MacBook Pro line, to new AirPods, and finishing with new colors for its HomePod Mini!
We’re here to go over everything that Apple announced on 10/18.
The MacBook Pro has gotten it’s biggest update in years. Apple announced it’s new generation of computers: MacBook Pro 14- and 16-inch powered by it’s new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. Apple says these new chips are much faster and may go further as to replace the “Pro” performance computers powered by Intel chips. They removed the touch bar, but they are bringing back the HDMI port, and SD card slot, and a MagSafe connector. It will have 3 Thunderbolt 4 ports and also a headphone jack.
The M1 Pro chip is said by Apple to be “scary fast.” It has up to 10-core CPU, up to 32GB of unified memory, up to 16-core GPU (Graphical Processing Unit), up to 200GB/s memory bandwidth, up to 20 streams of 4K ProRes video playback, and support for two external displays. Both the 14-inch and the 16-inch can support the M1 Pro chip.
Apple has said that the M1 Max chip is “scary fastest.” Being as fast as it is, it has 10-core CPU, up to 32-core GPU (Graphical Processing Unit), up to 400GB/s memory bandwidth, support for four external displays, and up to 7 streams of 8K ProRes video playback. Both the 14-inch and the 16-inch can support the M1 Max chip.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro has up to 17 hours of video playback and 11 hours of wireless web browsing. The 16-inch MacBook Pro has up to 21 hours of video playback and 14 hours of wireless web browsing. Both MacBook models are also 8TB of storage.
The MacBook Pro lines are less than 4 mm thin, has custom optical films and diffusers (7 films and diffusers mixed), and the cameras are 1080p HD! The cameras are double the resolution and uses a lens with a wider aperture that lets in more light.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro has a 14.2″ Liquid Retina XDR display. The 16-inch MacBook Pro has a 16.2″ Liquid Retina XDR display.
Apple has even upgraded their keyboards on the new computers. Removing the Touch Bar allowed Apple to bring in a full-height function key row to the Macbook Pro. There are shortcuts now for Spotlight, Siri, Dictation, and Do Not Disturb. They also made Touch ID have a new, tactical ring that guides your finger for a fast, easy, secure way to unlock your Mac.
The Macbook Pro 14-inch model starts at $1,999.00 and the 16-inch starts at $2,499.00.
AirPods (3rd generation)
Apple released it’s new line of AirPods that were redesigned to look similarly to the AirPod Pros. The AirPod 3rd generation has up to 6 hours of listening time with one charge and up to 30 hours of total listening time with this case.
Here are a few new features for the AirPods 3rd generation:
- Spatial audio with dynamic head tracing.
- Sweat and water resistant.
- MagSafe, wireless, and Lightning charging.
- Pitch-Perfect Control – You can press to play, pause, and skip through songs, or answer and end calls.
The AirPods 3rd generation is $179.00.
The new HomePod Mini‘s that were released in 2020 will now have different colors to add to the collection! The new colors are Blue, Yellow, and Orange.
All functions remain the same as far as the HomePod Mini is concerned.
The HomePod Mini’s still are $99.00.