Daily US Times: Apple has revealed its latest product line-up in its first big event of 2021. Three major products were AirTag, iPad and iMac.
Apple is increasing the number of products which will contain its own built M1 chip, as the sector struggles with a global semiconductor shortage.
The firm finally unveiled its much-anticipated tracker tile, the AirTag, which will launch at the end of April.
The new iMac is Apple’s first significant update to the iconic iMac desktop computer in recent years.
It also showcased a new iPad Pro, complete with 5G connectivity and M1 chip.
What was not discussed in the Apple event, but was later shared by the firm, was the roll-out of the latest version of its operating system, iOS 14.5, which will include a controversial update limiting what app owners can see about user activity outside of their own apps without permission.
AirTags have been a highly-anticipated product by Apple fans. They are small round disks which can be attached to anything, and transmit a Bluetooth signal to a home gadget – an iPhone or iPad – to alert the user to their location.
AirTags will cost $29 and are due to launch on April 30. AirTags will work with all devices containing the U1 chip, which includes the iPhone 11 (which launched in 2019) and later models.
Apple completely redesigned its iMac. The new iMacs are in seven different colours, built with Apple’s new M1 chip, and a 24 inch, 11.3 million pixel screen, along with a revamped 1080p camera and other upgrades. One of Apple’s older products, the iMac has not seen a significant change for years.
However, it only has a top RAM of 16GB, putting it on a par with the older Mac Mini.
The M1 chip, 5G data connectivity and an ultra-wide camera are all coming to the new iPad Pro, said product manager Raja Bose.
The M1 chip will make the latest version iPad graphics performance 1,500 times faster than the original one, he said, in a presentation which focused on the iPad’s graphics and gaming benefits.
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