On Monday, Apple refreshed several of its product lines in an event held at the San Jose Convention Center in California. In addition to introducing a new Studio desktop computer. In new iPad Air tablets and iPhone SE devices, Apple announced price cuts on some models of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. The press conference was the first public appearance by Apple CEO Tim Cook. Since he disclosed his battle with pancreatic cancer last month. Here are the highlights from the event
With a larger screen but thinner design than its predecessor, there’s no doubt that Apple’s latest iPhone is a good upgrade. The display is nearly half an inch bigger than last year’s model and even slightly brighter. In addition to being lighter and faster, it has two cameras on its back—one standard and one telephoto. This allows for better-quality photos in low light and zoomed-in shots. There are also a few smart features like integrated Siri access using just your voice or a new Portrait mode (similar to DSLR) that blur out background objects so your subject really pops. The biggest downside? Like Apple’s other smartphone models, it still doesn’t have expandable storage space.
Apple officially introduced two new 9.7-inch iPads on Tuesday: The $329 iPad and the $429 iPad Pro. Both include a slew of refinements over previous models, including a faster A9 processor; better display technology; support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard; and up to 10 hours of battery life. But both tablets were introduced alongside the new $399 12.9-inch iPad Pro which features similar hardware upgrades but with a larger screen and 4K video output capabilities. You’ve never seen anything like it, said Philip Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple. It’s beautiful.
iMac Pro Overview
The iMac Pro comes with a 10-core Xeon processor and Radeon Vega graphics. The top-of-the-line model boasts 128GB of memory. The device runs on a new operating system called High Sierra, which will work on older Macs as well. It has been designed to support virtual reality apps and other high-performance content. Apple also said it had worked with Adobe to bring touch screens to its desktop computers for editing photos, video, and audio files; traditionally these screens have been reserved for laptops only.
Apple TV 4K Review
For Apple TV owners, it might be time to ditch your cable or satellite package. $200 is a lot to pay for a set-top box (especially with Amazon’s $40 Fire Stick just sitting there waiting to be used), but in its new iteration, Apple TV gets 4K and HDR support via HDMI 2.0A ports. More than that, though: The new Apple TV 4K is actually an incredibly powerful computer with an A10X Fusion chip under its hood and 2GB of RAM helping that processor out—which allows for it to run apps from Google Play and iOS’ App Store.
HomePod Mini Review
Not a full-fledged smart speaker but still pretty darn good. The iHome HomePod Mini is a solid little smart speaker that may or may not be worth your hard-earned cash. It has strong audio quality, decent microphones for voice control, and some of those smarter features like an interface with Siri. But with only its App Store approval to connect it to other devices in your home (aside from Bluetooth), it seems somewhat overpriced when compared to similar products on Amazon or Walmart’s online store. For example, you can get two Dot speakers for less than $100 (or less than $160 if you want to add an Echo).