Apple held an event yesterday to announce its 2021 lineup and new products. In true Apple fashion, the company covered a lot of ground, announcing something new for almost every category it has. We saw big upgrades to iPads, iMacs, AppleTV, iPhones and even a new product, AirTags. Keep reading to find out everything you may have missed from yesterday’s exciting unveiling.
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Everything You Will Likely Jump Through Hoops to Get Your Hands On:
New + Improved Colourful iMac
The star of yesterday’s show? The new and improved iMac. Powered by the new M1 processor, the new iMac is faster, runs cooler and is much quieter than previous models. The iMac comes equipped with a new 1080p FaceTime HD camera, studio-quality mics and a six-speaker sound system. Touch ID has been introduced to iMac keyboards for the first time and makes it easier than ever to log in, use ApplePay and switch between users.
Externally, size has been upped to 24-inches and the computer comes in 7 stunning colours: green, yellow, orange, red, purple, blue and silver. Since the new processor allows the computer to run cooler than previous models, Apple was able to downsize the iMac to just 11.5mm thick.
The iMac is available for preorder on April 30 with prices starting at $1299.
The AppleTV got an overdue makeover as well (the last upgrade to the device was in 2017). The device now features the A12 Bionic and focuses on picture quality, optimized for 4K streaming and better HDR frame rate. A cool new tvOS feature lets you use an iPhone to calibrate your TV for more accurate colors.
Additionally, the new AppleTV 4K comes with a brand new Siri remote. The new design features a dial button, that reminds us of the classic iPod click wheel, and will replace the awkward, slippery touchpad from earlier models. The remote has also grown in size, which will hopefully making it harder to lose between couch cushions.
The Apple 4K TV will start at $179 when pre-orders open on April 30th, and it will be available mid-May. If you are thinking of upgrading to the new remote, it will cost $59 on its own.
New and Improved iPad Pro
New additions to both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models haven’t changed much on the outside, but the inside has been totally revamped. Powered by the new M1 chip, the new iPad Pro will be the fastest of its kind. The 12.9-inch model will feature a new Liquid Retina XDR display that offers stunning visuals. Other notable features include support for 5G and the new front camera that includes ‘Center Stage’ a new feature that automatically tracks you as you move around a room to keep you in better focus and improve video calling.
The new iPad Pro will be available April 30 with the 11-inch starting at $799 and the 12.9-inch starting at $1099.
iPhone 12 and iPhone Mini — Now with MagSafe and Spring Colours
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini with a gorgeous purple finish will now be available for pre-order on April 23. This brings the colour options up to 6 as the phones also come in black, white, red, green and blue. All iPhone 12 models are equipped with the A14 Bionic, the fastest chip in an iPhone that allows for better gaming, powerful photography and stronger battery life.
The iPhone 12 will be available for $799 and the mini for $699 on April 30.
AirTag–Never Loose Your Stuff Again
The long awaited AirTag was announced at yesterday’s unveiling as well. The accessory provides a private and secure way to track any lost items you attach the AirTag to, such as keys, a backpack, a purse or even a pet! The Find My network is used to track the AirTag, but an emphasis on privacy has still been kept as measures were put in place to prevent unwanted tracking.
The new device costs $29 for one fob or a 4-pack is available for $99. They will be released on April 30.
Apple Podcasts Subscriptions
One of the world’s most popular podcasting apps will be getting a few upgrades come the release of iOS 14.5 next week. Soon listeners will be able to listen to their favourite podcasters ad-free and with access to additional/exclusive content through the Apple Podcasts Subscriptions. The subscriptions to individual shows will come with their own price and perks.