Apple events can sometimes fade. Besides celebrating a new iPhone series every year, it’s a little hard to be excited about Macs and iPads with slightly better chipsets and minor design tweaks. We’ve seen a bunch of colors and some redesigns in the past year, but this March event was packed with devices for elements of Apple’s audience that aren’t always available. For them, this could be an important revelation for Apple.
I say this in muted colors as a phone guy, but Mac Studio might be the standout. It’s a professional desktop built to showcase Apple’s most powerful chip, the new M1 Ultra. The company says the new desktop runs up to 60 percent faster than a Mac Pro with a 28-core Intel processor. Also, unlike some laptops, it’s full of ports. There are four Thunderbolt 4 connections, two USB-A ports, HDMI, and 10 Gbps Ethernet. also! An SD card slot and two additional USB-C connectors are located on the front of the computer. The bad news may be that it starts at $2000, but it’s not the Mac Pro beast some creators have been waiting for. That’s “for another day,” according to Apple. Oh, and there’s a new screen to go with it.
At the other end of the scale is the iPhone SE. It still has a home button. This means that it is mostly similar to its predecessor. However, it now has 5G (welcome 2022) and an updated A15 Bionic quad-core processor — the same processor as the Apple iPhone 13 series, but now in a phone that costs $429. Finally, Apple’s iPad Air is also sticking with its 2020 redesign. It has a new front-facing camera sensor and, like the 2021 iPad Pro, features Apple’s M1 chip.
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This budget-friendly Apple phone looks just like its predecessor.
As I mentioned in the introduction, there are no major design changes here. The new iPhone SE is a less expensive version of the flagship range, which now has an A15 Bionic processor, some new camera tricks (despite the single lens) and a familiar home button. With upgraded internals (including power efficiencies from iOS 15), Apple says we’ll see better battery life performance than the last model. The 4.7-inch screen is covered in what Apple calls “the strongest glass in a smartphone on the front and back.”
It’s basically two M1 Max chips joined together.
After the M1, M1 Pro and M1 Max, Apple is adding a new member to the family: the M1 Ultra. The M1 Ultra is two M1 Max chips combined together, making it best for intense creative applications such as video editing and 3D rendering. Apple says the M1 Max chips feature a cross-link, it’s called UltraFusion, and their specs are basically what happens when you stack two M1 Max chips: the Ultra features a 20-core CPU (16 high performance and 4 high efficiency cores) and a 64-core GPU . Apple says it should offer up to eight times faster graphics than the original M1 chip.
It starts at $1,599.
As expected, Apple is adding a new monitor to its product lineup. The Apple Studio Display is a standalone 5K Retina panel display with 14.7 million pixels, 600 nits of brightness, and P3 wide color gamut coverage. It’s more for work, less for gaming, and tops out with a 60Hz refresh rate. We’re sure Apple thinks it will work really well with the new Mac Studio desktop.
Electric scooters can provide greater range without larger batteries.
Some apple relief. Gogoro, best known for its scooters and charging stations, has announced what it claims is the world’s first interchangeable solid electric battery. Using solid-state batteries, the lithium-ceramic prototype is compatible with existing Gogoro scooters but should offer a much higher capacity — the two companies target 2.5 kWh versus the existing 1.7 kWh. The end result is greater range and improved security.
It clamps down on the incumbents.
Eargo stands out in the world of hearing aids. The company acts more as a tech company than a slow provider of medical devices — it has a fast annual release cycle much like Apple, Samsung, and the rest. In version 6, customizable audio profiles have been added, as well as volume tuning features to help make Eargo more tailored to your hearing levels and preferences.
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