Apple’s second event in as many months meant there was some big expectations to live up to. Following the unveiling of a new range of iPhones and iPads is no easy feat and that’s why all at TORRO were excited to hear of what was next up on Apple’s agenda. Here is our round up of the key announcements.
Acting as almost a blend between the AirPods and the AirPods Pro, Apple yesterday introduced AirPods 3 with a design similar to the AirPods Pro but without the interchangeable tips. They are currently available for pre-order, arriving from the 26th of October. The new AirPods 3 offer a similar form factor to the pros, with much shorter stems than the previous 2nd Generation AirPods.
Apple state that the new AirPods 3 have extended continuous listening times of around six hours (and with the case around 30 hours after 4 recharges), while also now being designed to be sweat and water resistant. Unfortunately, with the new design which rests in the ear, the new AirPods lack active noise cancellation, meaning the AirPods Pro are still the way to go if you’re looking for that feature. They do however feature Adaptive EQ and Spatial Audio, which means the AirPods will tune sound based in real time with dynamic head tracking to apply directional audio filters. When on a video call, for instance, the sound will seem like its coming from the direction in which the person is positioned on the screen.
MacBook Pro 14” and 16”
The long-awaited upgrades to the Apple MacBook Pros are finally upon us. Apple announced their next generation 14” and 16” MacBook Pros are to be powered by new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, each of which are more powerful than Apple existing M1 chip, with Apple promising large jumps in performance. Both the 14” and 16” model will be available starting the 26th of October.
Just like the 2021 iPad Pro 12.9” the new MacBook Pros will also be lit by mini-LED’s, while also using Apple’s refresh rate technology, ProMotion, to allow for up to 120Hz refresh rates. After ditching MagSafe five years ago in favour of USB-C, Apple have reintroduced MagSafe charging on the new devices, which they say can charge up to 30% in just 30 minutes.
The new MacBook Pros have ditched the touch bar, in favour of traditional keys for brightness, volume etc. which seems to have been reasonably well received. However, it wouldn’t be an Apple Event without something to split opinion. The new MacBook Pros now also feature a notch, the likes of which you can find on iPhones, in order to incorporate a 1080p resolution webcam which has already sparked online debate. It does seem, however, that this is what have allowed Apple to make the bezel around the screen slightly narrower, so even if you aren’t a notch fan, it’s not all bad.
Apple’s home speaker, the HomePod Mini, also got a little bit of love – with three new colours, yellow, orange and blue becoming available from next month, at the same price point as the existing white and space grey options. Not the most enthralling technological announcement but it’s always good to have more options to suit your own aesthetic!
Apple Music Voice
Apple also introduced a slight evolution in the world of music streaming with the announcement of Apple Music Voice. The new service gives you full access to the Apple Music catalogue, with the caveat that you must operate it through Siri. Essentially meaning instead of navigating the Apple Music app UI, you must use voice commands. At a slightly cheaper price point than a regular Apple Music subscription, it may be a valuable option for those seeking a slightly more budget way to stream music.