The first Apple event of the year 2021 is over and Cupertino showed a lot new products. In this article, we discuss what to make of the iMac 24", the iPad Pro, the Apple TV 4K and the other announcements - and what the mtech.news editorial team thinks of this evening's event.
Apple has let the cat out of the bag, or the chip from the laboratory – depending who you ask. The M2's key data is now known and Apple has undertaken countless improvements, giving us a good impression of how the other chips (Pro, Max, & Ultra)
Apple has hardware updates ready for all of its platforms right now, although the initial beta will only be available for developers with a full release for all users within the next few months. Throughout the rest of this report, we'll briefly summarize what's to be expected for the iPad this fall.
About a year ago, Apple let a bomb go off – the larger HomePod was going to be discontinued with no replacement in sight. Since then, only the HomePod mini has been available for purchase directly, but current rumors point to a new HomePod in the works.
When Apple's in-house processors enter the discussion, the conversation normally focuses on their efficiency and performance. Feral, a company known for porting games to the Mac for the last 2 decades also points to some other implications for the company's new chip-hardware.
As we were able to uncover, Apple has significantly ramped up its internal testing of macOS 12.5. This could indicate that macOS is being prepared for new hardware which could even see a presentation at the WWDC this June.
The picture quality of the Studio Display's integrated camera was not exactly a showpiece in previous reviews - but a software update is supposed to remedy the situation. We now have first feedback on the second beta, because Apple continued to work on the described problem.
Apple was forced to discontinue the original HomePod (not the HomePod mini) due to lack of commercial success. Now, the smart speaker is back in demand, and unaffordable to most due to limited supplies thanks to its discontinuation. Alternatives are like-new and used versions.
Apple's chief developer of the chip department does a great deal of work behind the scenes and prefers to remain outside of the spotlight. There are rarely any interviews with him – making it even more interesting when he does decide to voice himself.
Will this year's WWDC be solely a software event, or will there be any new hardware announcements as well? According to Gurman, there's also a chance we could see some new Macs – as Apple plans to release two new Macs by the middle of the year.
iFixit has now taken a look at the inside of the new Studio Display. This led to the repair experts making an interesting discovery. For example, the webcam is very similar to that of the iPhone 11's. Additionally, iFixit reveals the reason for the device's active fan.
Since the introduction of the iPhone 12, the market has known that although 5G provides a better output – it comes at the cost of some battery life. A new comparison test reveals the meaning of this for current models via a video streaming test.
In the past, Apple has been jokingly accused of stealing the design for the iPad from "Star Trek". The tablet is reminiscent of a gadget that Captain Picard briefly held in one episode. Now, it appears as if Apple is "stealing" another device from Star Trek – the "Communicator".
Currently, new orders of the Mac Studio aren't set to arrive for customers until a few weeks, however, quick-buyers can hope for an arrival this week. In France, there was even a surprise early delivery at the beginning of this week.
Apple's new Studio Display differs from the more than 3x as expensive Pro XDR Display thanks to a tilt-adjustable stand. There's also an optional tilt/height-adjustable stand and a VESA Mount Adaptor. Before ordering, customers should consider which version of the display they need because the stands are not interchangeable.
Apple did not present any follow up to the 27" iMac yesterday – and given how things are looking now, it appears as if there won't be any more "big iMac". The model has disappeared from the line up and a statement during the event has destroyed all hope for a comeback.
In the most recent edition of his newsletter, Mark Gurman just confirmed what the analyst Ross Young had already voiced: Apple is indeed working on a foldable MacBook display. The newsletter also contains a few interesting snippets of information concerning the Apple Watch Series 8 – and the end of the Apple Watch Series 3 approaches.
Since the end of 2020, the Mac has gotten quite a lot of attention in Cupertino. As per Mark Gurman in a new article, 2022 will also be an exciting year for the Mac – with more hardware announcements than ever before.
There's a big problem surrounding the AirTags. Stalking. Unfortunately, Apple's new "smart tracker" is very convenient for more than just finding your lost coffee cup – it can also easily be used for more nefarious purposes such as victim tracking. Apple hopes to put a stop to this and has announced multiple new measures.
With 2020's M2 and 2021's M1 Pro/Max chips, we have a good idea of what direction Apple is headed in as far as processors are concerned. 2022 could see the first rework of the base chip and the arrival of the M2 according to Mark Gurman from Bloomberg.