April showers might bring May flowers, but before that March brings the Apples.
The company’s first launch event of 2022 added an updated iPhone SE, power-mini-Mac Mac Studio, Mac Studio display, and upgraded iPad Air to the portfolio of Apple products.
There were a few short announcements before Apple Apple TV Plus will be getting new shows and movies, including MLB Friday Night Baseball with two live games. And the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro each have a new variant of green.
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Apple has upgraded the iPhone SE to use the A15 Bionic, the same chip that’s in the iPhone 13, as well as 5G. It retains the home button and Touch ID, has better battery life, and has an improved camera system because of the more powerful computational capabilities offered by the chip.
It starts at $429, $30 more than before, preorders start Friday and it ships on March 18. Apple Announces a New iPhone SE with A15 Bionic Chip.
The new model of the iPad Air incorporates the same M1 chip as in the Pro models and 5G which should give it a big performance boost. It’s got a new tk screen and a 12MP ultrawide camera (targeting users of Center Stage auto framing).
You’ll be able to choose from the same colors, though the blue has been changed. It’ll start at $599, with preorders starting Friday and shipping on March 18. The iPad Air Gets An Overdue Upgrade
Mac Studio with Apple M1 Ultra processor
M1 Max has a die-to-die interconnect, which lets Apple link two of them to create the Ultra, giving it basically double of everything — processor and GPU cores and so on. It uses high-bandwidth memory, supports up to 128GB, but combined it takes less power than it would have for two of the chips.
The chip debuts are the new Mac Studio, a computer that looks like a double-height Mac Mini, though the base configuration comes with the M1 Max.
Apple has basically positioned its performance as equal to or better than the Mac Pro, making it what sounds like a great option for the bulk of creators who really don’t need the expandability of the Mac Pro.
It’s full of venting and a big cooling system, six Thunderbolt 4 ports and can drive up to four Pro XDR monitors. It’ll cost you $3,999 to start. You can order it today and it ships starting March 18.
Apple also hinted that there’s a Mac Pro upgrade coming, “but that’s for another day.”
Mac Studio Display
The 27-inch 5K Retina display has the same iPad-like profile as the 24-inch iMac. It incorporates an A13 Bionic chip, the same one as in the entry-level iPad, to be able to process iPad-like features such as Center Stage via the built-in 12-megapixel webcam, plus multiple mics, six speakers, and four USB-C ports, one of which is Thunderbolt.
If you want a stand that can raise and lower or a good anti-reflective Nano surface screen, it’ll cost you extra. The base price is $1,599 and you can order it now to get it starting March 18.