Precisely at 7 p.m. Apple launched its “Spring Loaded!” themed live stream. The company presented new iPad models, new iMacs and … finally the long-awaited AirTags. Follow the jump links to get to your desired topic.
- iPad Pro with M1 chip
- Apple AirTags
- AppleTV 4K
- Apple iMac
- Everything else
Antoine and Fabi have written additional articles about the Apple iPad and the AirTags, which you can see linked in the article. However, let’s start with the product that should be the most exciting for NextPit readers. The new iPho … I’m kidding! The iPad, of course!
New iPads with M1 chip
If you’re using an iPad as a notebook replacement, applaud now! That’s because Apple also built its M1 processor into the iPad Pro and has reportedly been able to increase CPU performance by a whopping 75 percent. Both the CPU and the GPU use eight processor cores. This enables Apple to improve performance in graphics applications by 1,500 percent compared to the original iPad.
There is also a big fat upgrade with the memory: The memory has not only become faster, Apple also offers configurations with up to 2 terabytes (goodbye, left kidney). The USB-C port now supports Thunderbolt – as do two of the new iMac ports (more on that later), and the iPad port is even ready for USB 4.0.
Apple is now venturing into the 5G network with the iPad Pro. This is especially exciting in the US, where mmWave networks already exist. Apple likes to highlight journalists who can now report from all over the world as a usage scenario for 5G.
Speaking of which: let’s talk about cameras. Here Apple is now using the iPhone’s TrueDepth camera for selfies, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide shooter. Thanks to the 3D sensors and wide-angle lens, you can now zoom in on the camera and follow you on video calls.
Like the Pro Display XDR, the new 12.9-inch iPad also has a Liquid Retina XDR display that is illuminated by 10,000 mini LEDs. This again increases the contrast considerably. The brightness should now also be up to 1,000 nits. But I don’t want to anticipate Antoine and his release article so much about the new iPad.
In his article, Antoine goes into a little more detail about the updates of the iPad accessories. Well-known names like the Apple Pencil or the MagicKeyboard are of course included. The new iPad Pro with an 11-inch display starts at $ 799, and the larger model with a 12.9-inch display starts at $ 1,099.
Apple AirTags start at $ 29
The time has finally come: the AirTag! The trackers are designed to help you find your key chains, handbags, and anything else you can attach to a piece of hardware the size of a dollar coin. There are even some fancy AirTag bag tags from Hermès.
You can find your articles using the U1 sensor and the FindMy app on your iPhone, among other things. Four AirTags are priced at $ 99 – a single one is $ 29. For more information, see our dedicated article on AirTags!
Another new announcement was the new generation AppleTV 4K. The streaming box now uses the A12 Bionic chip from the iPhone XS. This enables the AppleTV to play 4K HDR videos at high frame rates. If you’re using and filming an Apple iPhone 12 Pro this is exactly what you should be interested in.
Because yes, with the latest iPhone you can already record HDR material at 60 fps. Thanks to the improved AirPlay, the recordings then land directly on your AppleTV – without any loss of quality. When you hold the iPhone in your hand, there is another interesting feature.
You can use the camera on the back of your iPhone to automatically calibrate the colors of your TV. To do this, hold the phone with its back facing the television and start the calibration. The cameras and software do the rest.
The new AppleTV 4K costs 199 euros with 32 GB of internal storage and will be available from the second half of May. The new Siri remote control will also be available for the HD model in the future. Price? From $ 179.
Apple’s all-in-one PCs named iMac have also been upgraded! The new iMac has a brand new design with new pastel colors that are reminiscent of the transparent colors of the first generations of iMacs.
As with its new MacBook models, Apple is saying goodbye to processors from Intel. Instead, an ARM SoC is used, the Apple M1. The main purpose of this is to reduce the size of the components so that the new iMac is now 50 percent smaller than the previous model. The thickness is only 11.5 millimeters.
The display now measures 24 inches and is even sharper than before. Apple has increased the resolution to 4.5K Retina and the webcam is finally getting the long-awaited 1080p upgrade. Thanks to the image signal processor of the M1 chip, the quality should be better anyway. The webcam is coupled with several microphones, which, thanks to beamforming technology, are supposed to record your voice without background noise.
Thanks to the M1 SoC, Apple was able to increase the CPU performance by up to 85 percent compared to the previous model. The graphics performance is said to have doubled in comparison. The new architecture is also exciting because you can use iPhone and iPad apps on the computer. You can even continue to write emails that you started on your phone on the computer.
On the technical side, there are four USB-C ports on the back, two of which are Thunderbolt-capable. You can use them to connect displays with a resolution of up to 6K. Are you wondering why there is no Ethernet port on the back? Take a look at the power adapter because that’s where Apple installed the connector. The power supply connects to the back of the new iMac using a magnetic connector.
In addition to the new iMac, Apple has introduced new Magic keyboards, which now not only have an emoji key and new colors, but also come with Touch ID in some versions. As for the mouse called Magic Mouse and the external touchpad, there is no news other than new matching colors.
The cheapest iMac will set you back around $ 1299 with a 7-core GPU. The 8-core GPU model costs at least $ 1499. You can find the different configurations on the Apple website.
At a glance: Small details that Apple presented
Phew, pretty much typing! Since Apple has also presented some other news that are not sooooo important, I’ve summarized the rest for you here:
- The Apple Card is getting a new family model in the US that can be used with children 13 and over with a credit limit
- Apple Podcasts are getting a redesign and subscription service
- Ted Lasso gets a second season in July and is available on Apple TV +
- The iPhone 12 now comes in a new color: purple!
What do you think of Apple’s new products? Were you surprised by the Spring Loaded event or did it come out exactly as you imagined? Let’s talk a little about it in the comments!