Apple hosted its first event for 2021 and it played host to a range of new announcements centred around its M1 SoC. This includes a new range of iMac, and iPad Pro with an M1 CPU, AirTags and even a new Apple TV 4K with a newly-designed remote.
Apple M1 iMac
The biggest new announcement was of course the new iMac range that uses the company’s in-house M1 chip. These are 24-inch all-in-one desktops with 4.5K displays, 1080p wide-angle webcams and a range of new accessories that align with the funky new colour range of the units.
Apple will release a new Smart Keyboard for the M1 iMac with Touch ID. Users will be able to select from two keyboards which include a full-sized one and a half keyboard. There’s also a new Magic Mouse that comes in various colour accents.
The new M1 iMac will come in various configurations. All of them will boast the M1 chip but users can choose from an 8GB of RAM 256GB SSD and go up to a 16GB 2TB SSD. The iMac will be available in May starting at $1,299 and the higher-end model will be available for $1,499.
The new Apple AirTags will act as the company’s new “Find My” accessories. Users will be able to pick these little nifty discs up alongside a range of attachable cases. The tags use the Apple U1 chip and allow users to find missing items by attaching these tags to objects. Using the Find My app, you can then find and track down these tags if you lose items and even pets. The tags will be available from late may and sell for $29 each.
Apple TV 4K
There’s a new Apple TV coming your way that boasts a new remote and Apple’s A12 Bionic chip. Apple says the device can play HDR content in high frame rate which is great for sports games. The device will have all the features the current Apple TV 4K includes but the performance boost is a welcome new addition.
Apple M1 iPad Pro
Apple has now powered the new iPad Pro range with the M1 chip. The new pro tablets boast improved performance thanks to these chips alongside new 12-megapixel wide-angle front-facing cameras. The company has also built the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a mini-LED display which allows it to reach the peak brightness of 1,000 nits.
The display is quite a revolutionary step for the company. These new Liquid Retina XDR panels include 10,000 Mini-LEDs and over 1200 dimming zones. The 12.9-inch display boasts a resolution of 2732 x 2048 and the 11-inch a 2388 x 1688 resolution.
Both 11-inch and 12.9-inch M1 iPad Pro models will be available in late May. They come in various storage and RAM configurations starting with an 8GB 256SSD and going all the way up to a 16GB 2TB model.
Catch up on the full reveal down below or check it out on the Apple site here.