Apple announces new products at its ‘Spring Loaded’ event
The company has just unveiled via an online event many new products and accessories, most importantly the new iPad Pro tablet and iMac. Read more details below.
iPad Pro 2021
The new line-up includes an 11-inch and a 12.9-inch model, both powered by the 8-core CPU and GPU M1 chip. They have a Thunderbold connector over USB-C, and up to 2TB of storage. Users may select up to 16GB of RAM, and choose between 5G and Wi-Fi version. Apple explains that both models will be up to 50% faster than the 2020 version, while the prices will stay the same – from $799 and $899, for the 11 and 12.9-inch variant, respectively.
In addition to the improvements mentioned above, iPad Pro 2021 comes with a capable 12MP main camera with ultra-wide lens working at F/1.8, backed by a 12MP camera with a LiDAR scanner. The larger model also sports a Liquid Retina XDR display, which is based on many smaller LEDs and offers contrast of 1,000,000:1.
Apple announced a major redesign of iMac, based on the M1 processor. With plenty of color options, and new attractive design, iMac 2021 includes a 24-inch display (4.5K Retina), priced from $1299 for the basic version with 7-core GPU, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD capacity. There is also a variant with an 8-code GPU starting at $1499 in the US.
iMac becomes more capable for video conferencing thanks to its improved FaceTime camera, now working at 1080p, and its studio-like microphone. In terms of connectivity, iMac 2021 has 4 USB-C ports, two of them supporting Thunderbolt.
AirTag is a new gadget that can be attached to an item you want to track via the Find My app. It supports ‘precision finding’, and costs $29. The company also unveiled a new Apple TV remote priced at $59. It’s compatible with all Apple TV devices running tvOS.