Apple unveils new laptops as the first to be fitted with Apple’s powerful in-house processing chip, as it continues its switch away from Intel.
A new range of laptops and the third generation of AirPods were the key highlights from Apple’s latest launch event. Chief executive Tim Cook announced Apple’s much-anticipated new Macbook Pro computers, with new screens and high-end M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, as the tech giant continues its switch from Intel.
Tim Cook also announced the third generation of AirPods, five years after they were first launched, during the live-streamed event on Monday, with a range of updated features.
The new Macbooks mark the biggest change in Apple’s laptop line since 2012, with a variety of ports, including three Thunderbolt ports, HDMI, SD card slots and the Magsafe 3 magnetic charging system being added.
The secondary OLED “touch bar” screen, which was added in 2016, has been ditched after it proved unpopular, while they will be available in bigger screen sizes. A 14.2 inch and 16.2-inch screen will be available, alongside an upgraded 1080p webcam.
Both sizes’ have miniLED and 120Hz ProMotion technology, which has been utilised in the iPad Pro.
The body is made of 100% recycled aluminium and inside, Apple’s new M1 Pro and Max chips drive the laptops engine. The new chips have 10-core processors which are up to 70% faster than the M1 and 16 or 32-core graphics.
The 14in and 16in MacBook Pros start at £1,899 and £2,399 respectively and will ship on 26 October.
A new desktop operating system, macOS Monterey, will be released on 25 October.
The wireless earbuds have improved speakers for better quality audio, longer battery life and a redesigned case. The third generation will also support head-tracking for Apple’s spatial awareness surround-sound feature. The third-generation AirPods will cost £169 and will ship on 26 October.
Watch the full announcement event here.