The Apple Unleashed conference has just ended in which the Cupertino house presented 2 new MacBook Pro models and the brand new third generation AirPods.
New Apple MacBook Pro
The two new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros that had been expected for several weeks have met most of the expectations. Visually, the two new MacBook Pros feature a new design with a thinner display and thicker case.
The bezels are thinner (24 percent on the sides and 60 percent on the top), a notch that houses the webcam has been introduced to reduce the bezels.
The display panels are larger. For the 14-inch we have 3024 x 1964 pixels, while those of the 16-inch are 3456 x 2234.
The Touch bar also disappears , replaced by the function keys and the keyboard is very similar to the Magic Keyboard of the Mac Pro.
The other innovations concern the screen, which will be equipped with Pro Motion technology that will guarantee an adaptive refresh-rate that can reach 120Hz . Connectivity has been improved, with 3 thunderbolt Usb-C ports (which also allow charging), an HDMI port and a compartment for SD cards . The MagSafe is also back, with a new technology that will allow faster recharges.
The optimization of the energy consumption allowed by the two new chips will guarantee a much improved battery life. The 14-inch model will have 17 hours of uninterrupted video playback, compared to 21 for the 16-inch model.
New Apple Silicon processors: M1 Pro and M1 Max
The biggest novelty is that contained under the body. The two new Macs mark the debut of two brand new SOC (System on chip): the M1 Pro and the M1 Max.
The two processors promise unprecedented performance. Both have a 10-core configuration , two of which are dedicated to high-performance operations and 8 for low-performance operations.
The GPU instead features a 16-core configuration for the M1 Pro and 32 for the M1 Max, with a performance boost of 2 and 4 times respectively compared to the M1 chip presented last year.
All models are already bookable on the Apple website. The 14-inch model starts at 2349 euros for the configuration with M1 Pro and 2849 for the model with M1 Max. For the 16-inch, prices go up to 2849 and 3949 euros.
Third Generation Apple AirPods
The other big news presented during this event concerns a new model of Airpods, the third generation Airpods.
The design is a hybrid between that of the 2nd generation Airpods and the Airpods Pro . In fact, they have a shorter and thinner “stem”, similar to that of the pro model, and an ear capsule without rubber pads but smaller than that of the second generation Airpods.
Among the major innovations, in addition to improved speakers , there is the introduction of spatial audio (the same present on the pro model) which allows you to listen to music and multimedia content equipped with Dolby Ambient technology.
They also feature water and sweat resistance to ensure good performance even while running. Thanks to Adaptive EQ technology , they automatically change the transmission frequency according to the content.
The battery guarantees 6 hours of listening , and thanks to the case (also rechargeable via Mag Safe) they can play music for up to 30 hours. Fast charging allows you to get up to an hour of listening in 5 minutes.
The launch price is 199 euros and can already be ordered on the Apple website.
The Apple Unleashed conference was therefore full of surprises. Apple's line up is increasingly rich with very interesting products, after last month's iPhones and iPads, the new third generation MacBook Pro and AirPods arrive.
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