On March 8, Apple held its first spring presentation online. As always, the company revealed to the loyal users several new products, curious changes and technologies that are to be built into the line-up of devices soon.
So, Hitecher's team has carefully analysed the presentation and spotlighted six highlights for those who have not yet had a chance to get acquainted with Apple's innovations or want to learn more about them.
iPad Air is now Apple's lightest product
The fifth generation of the iPad has undergone a truly impressive change, namely:
- The tablet is now powered by Apple's super-powerful M1 processor, found in all base laptops and the latest iPad Pro. That has doubled the tablet's performance - it's even faster than most premium laptops!
- Also, the company has improved the iPad's front camera - it now has a 12-megapixel sensor with Centre Stage support.
- The Type-C port is now multiple times faster, supporting data transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps.
- New colours have been added to the traditional black, white, and gold: now users can also choose purple and aquamarine designs. However, the storage capacities remain unchanged, from 64GB to 256GB.
The cost of the fifth-generation iPad Air starts at $599. This model is also already on sale in the US from March 18.
The new and best M1 Ultra chip
Apple CEO Tim Cook took a short digression before starting the demonstration of the new Macs and talked about Apple's high-performance M1 Ultra processor, which has become the most powerful in the first generation of ARM chips. What makes it so powerful and unique are its characteristics:
- The chip consists of 114 billion transistors, being made on a 5nm process. For comparison, the basic M1 chip has 7 times fewer transistors. You could say the new processor is the M1 Max chip multiplied by two.
- The M1 Ultra contains 20 processor cores and 64 video cores, allowing it to support up to 128GB of shared memory.
- The processor enables up to 22 trillion operations per second and has proven itself in multi-stream ProRes processing.
Mac Studio - The middle ground between Mac mini and Mac Pro
Mac Studio is Apple's brand new desktop, powered by the same M1 Ultra super processor (however, it does have simpler, more budget-friendly versions based on the M1 Max chip). In addition to this, the Mac Studio:
- Is similar to the Mac mini range and has a solid piece of aluminium chassis.
- Has a wide variety of connectors, namely two USB 3.0 ports, four USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 ports, two more USB-C 3 ports, HDMI, a 3.5mm headphone port and Ethernet that can handle up to 10Gbps.
- Has Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0 module.
- Has up to 128GB of RAM and 8TB of extra space for an SSD.
- Has up to 80% more power than the latest Mac Pro.
The new Mac Studio starts at $1,990 for the standard model.
The innovative Studio Display
Designed specifically for the new Mac Studio, this monitor features a 27-inch, 5K display. It's also compatible with any other Apple desktop and can offer you:
- DCI-P3 and True Tone technologies.
- An A13 Bionic display chip.
- A 12-megapixel front-facing camera with the Centre Stage feature (long live high-quality Zoom or Skype calls!).
- Three Thunderbolt/USB-C connectors with up to 10Gbps bandwidth and end-to-end charging.
- The opportunity to tilt the monitor up to 30 degrees. Furthermore, an optional stand makes the monitor height-adjustable.
The Studio Display starts at $1,599 for the standard configuration.
The iPhone 13 in a new colour scheme
The list of "wonders" could not be without the most anticipated and pleasant news for Apple fans: from now on, all models of the iPhone 13 line-up will be available in green colour.
The new colour will not affect the device's price in any way.
The iPhone SE will get new features
Those who love Apple's "classic" models with an excellent price to quality ratio have been waiting for the iPhone SE update. Here's how its specifications have changed in the third generation:
- Externally, the model is no different from its 2020 predecessor: features such as Touch ID under the display and 4.7-inch size have been fully retained. Face ID, or a more dimensional version like the Max, alas, hasn't been added either.
- The iPhone SE's body surface will now be coated with Ceramic Shield, like the iPhone 13, making the case virtually unbreakable.
- The device will feature the new A15 Bionic super processor, which will make it 26 times more powerful than the iPhone 8.
- The model will now support advanced photography features, namely Deep Fusion and photographic styles.
- The iPhone SE will get support for fifth-generation Sub-6GHz 2x2 MIMO networks.
The iPhone SE 2022 starts at $429 in the US. The device is already available in the US starting March 18.
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