It’s a window to the future of our tech — and many of the rumours proved to be true — Apple has debuted its cheapest-ever iPhone, an updated iPad Air, and a powerful new desktop computer.
The first Apple event of 2022 was a blockbuster for fans and customers, with this year shaping up to be Apple’s most prolific year for new product releases.
Here are six highlights.
A green iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro
It’s green! There are two shades depending on which model you choose — the former is green, and the Pro’s is called “alpine green” — it’s kind of an olive colour. It joins five other finishes in the Apple family, namely sierra blue, graphite, gold, and silver.
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A more powerful iPhone SE3
It’s Apple’s cheapest iPhone ever and looks the same as its 2020 predecessor with the Touch ID home button and the 4.7 inch LCD screen — but under the hood, it’s bolstered with the latest A15 processor, a longer battery life and super-fast 5G connectivity so you can access faster internet speeds on your carrier’s network.
The new model also has an improved 12-megapixel rear camera but sticks with a single lens, unlike its pricier counterparts.
A more powerful iPad Air
The mid-range tablet is up to 60% faster than the 2020 design, with the dreamy M1 chip boosting its performance. The front-facing camera now has Apple’s “centre stage” technology, which means it actually automatically scans and pans to keep the video call participant in the frame. It’s a more environmentally conscious model too — made of recycled aluminium this time.
M1 Ultra chip for Mac
It’s the new Apple processor, and the company are calling it the most powerful personal-computer chip ever. It’s the latest in Apple’s move away from Intel Corp. processors as the company increasingly favours its own in-house components.
The Mac Studio is basically a taller, much more powerful version of the Mac mini desktop computer, though it’ll be made of 80% recycled aluminium. It boasts the M1 Ultra chip, meaning it’ll be lightning-fast — up to 60% faster than Mac Pro. That’s good news for its target market — creative pros, particularly app developers, photo editors and video creators — whose workload packs a punch when it comes to the gruelling processing of raw creative files.
Mac Studio will also have 256GB of unified memory and six Thunderbolt 4/USB 4 ports, two traditional USB ports and an HDMI for connecting displays.
Apple also unveiled a brand new 27-inch monitor that is a lot cheaper than the current model, coming in at US$1599 ($2196). It’ll have 5K capability, giving users a crystal-clear video experience — and it’s also made of recycled aluminium. Customers can expect an embedded A13 chip (used in iPhones) a 12-megapixel Centre Stage camera and three mics for video calls, plus a six-speaker sound system. Nice.
So what’s next? Apple is also mad at work on additional Macs and iPads, as well as the new iPhone 14 and new smartwatches. There are rumours swirling the tech giant might even preview its first mixed augmented- and virtual-reality headset later on this year.