Here is all the latest news from the Apple Event Day including the latest products and features which were announced this week during the one-hour Spring Loaded Event with the tech giant’s CEO Tim Cook leading the way.
Apple led the way with a deep dive into how Apple Card works. “Apple Card Family” will allow you to share your card with any family member over the age of 13. It comes with customisable spending limits for each added user. It is also possible to “co-own” an Apple card with another adult, where both can build up their credit equally.
Apple plans to launch a redesigned Podcast app, with an option for paid subscriptions (monthly or annual) to individual podcasts.
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are getting a new colour option: purple. They used a song from Willy Wonka to announce it in order to match with the colour theme.
Apple has officially announced its accessory for tracking everyday things such as keys, wallets and bags through the same “Find My” app you use to find your various Apple devices when you lose them in the couch.
Called “AirTag”, Apple sells this product for $29 each or $99 for a pack of four, and will launch on April 30. They’ll have user-replaceable batteries but, no built-in attachment loop.
Each AirTag has a built-in speaker for tracking down lost items, and you can engrave them with texts and/or select emoji for free when you buy them online.
Next-gen Apple TV 4K
Apple announced an update on the Apple TV 4K which first launched in 2017. Here are the new features:
- Powered by Apple’s A12 Bionic chip.
- You can use an iPhone to calibrate the picture. Start the calibration process, put your iPhone’s front-facing camera near the TV, and Apple TV 4K will automatically optimize its own color/contrast output accordingly.
- They’ve redesigned the remote! They’ve moved away from the much lamented touchpad remote, building this new remote around a five-way clickpad complete with iPod-esque scroll wheel. There’s a Siri button on the side, in case you feel like talking to your TV instead of pushing buttons. Word is (via WSJ’s Joanna Stern) they’ll also be selling this remote separately for $59 for use with the previous-gen Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD.
- $179 for 32 GB model or $199 for 64 GB.
Apple announced a new lineup of iMacs and in a throwback to the iMacs of yesteryear, these new ones will come in different colours. Here are some of the new features:
- Built around the absurdly zippy M1 chipset Apple first introduced into its laptops last year.
- 24-inch “4.5K” display.
- At last, a decent webcam! These new iMacs will ship with a 1080p FaceTime camera.
- Pre-orders start April 20, shipping in late May.
- $1,299 gets you an 8-core CPU/7-core GPU setup, while $1,499 will bump it up to 8-core CPU/8-core GPU.
- It’ll come in seven colors: green, yellow, pink, orange, blue, purple and silver. Some colors will only be available in the more expensive model.
- Both models come with a 256 GB SSD, and two Thunderbolt ports. The $1,499 model adds two USB 3 ports.
- Apple will ship a new version of its Bluetooth Magic Keyboard, now complete with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
New iPad Pros
The iPad Pro is going M1, Apple says this shift brings a 50% performance improvement over the previous iPad Pro. Here are the new features:
- 8-core GPU/8-core CPU.
- The 11-inch model will start at $799, while the 12.9-inch model will start at $1,099.
- Cellular models will now have 5G support.
- Thunderbolt and USB 4 support through the USB-C port.
- The 12.9-inch model will have “Liquid Retina XDR” display that Apple says packs 1,000 nits of full-screen brightness or 1,600 nits of peak brightness.
- A feature Apple calls “Center Stage” will automatically keep your face in the center of the frame during FaceTime calls, even as you move about the room.
- Up to 2 TB of built-in storage, and 16 GB of RAM.