Apple just wrapped up its Peek Performance event, where it unveiled a new version of the iPhone SE with its latest mobile processor and 5G, a new desktop Mac aimed at creative professionals, and an external monitor with a starting price of less than $5,000. (finally). If you’re looking for a quick recap, here are the key announcements made by Apple during its hour-long presentation.
APPLE M1 ULTRA
Apple announced the M1 Ultra, a new addition to its Apple Silicon lineup. The TL;DR is that it’s basically two M1 Max chips combined, with up to 128GB of RAM support. According to Apple, it is eight times faster than the standard M1 chip. The M1 Ultra will be available in the Mac Studio and, more than likely, in the Mac Pro, which Apple has teased as an upcoming announcement.
APPLE ANNOUNCES THE MAC STUDIO
The Mac Studio is the newest addition to Apple’s Mac lineup; it’s essentially a Mac Mini aimed at creative professionals, with plenty of I/O (at least four Thunderbolt ports and an SD card slot on the front), cooling, and processing power. The M1 Max starts at $1,999, while the M1 Ultra starts at $3,999.
APPLE’S 27-INCH 5K STUDIO DISPLAY COSTS $1,599, AND IT HAS AN IPHONE CHIP INSIDE
The Studio Display features a 27-inch 5K screen housed in an aluminum casing. The display has a maximum brightness of 600 nits, supports P3 wide color, and is compatible with macOS’s TrueTone feature. A 12-megapixel ultrawide camera for video conferencing is located above the screen. Apple’s first new prosumer monitor in years is now available for pre-order, with shipments beginning March 18th.
APPLE’S NEW IPHONE SE HAS 5G AND AN A15 BIONIC CPU
The new iPhone SE brings the advanced features of Apple’s latest A15 CPU to a lower-cost, smaller package with a starting price of $429.
Apple seemed to downplay the SE’s new 5G radio, instead focusing on the fact that when it launches on March 18th, you’ll be able to get an experience similar to its pricier iPhone 13 devices in the same 4.7-inch package — including Touch ID.
THE NEW IPAD AIR HAS AN M1 CHIP INSIDE
The iPad Air has received another update, nearly a year and a half after its last. This time, the improvements are mostly internal. It now has an eight-core M1 chip, similar to the iPad Pro, 5G on cellular-enabled models, and a 12MP front-facing camera.
IOS 15.4 IS COMING OUT NEXT WEEK
You can use Face ID with your mask on (if you’ve got a newer iPhone, that is)!
APPLE TV PLUS ANNOUNCES FRIDAY NIGHT BASEBALL
During the regular season, Apple’s streaming service will broadcast two Major League Baseball games on Friday nights. There’s also a new 24/7 MLB livestream with replays, news, highlights, and analysis in the United States and Canada, as well as on-demand highlights and a new MLB Big Inning live show.
NOW YOU CAN GET THE IPHONE 13 AND IPHONE 13 PRO IN GREEN
The iPhone 13 lineup now comes in a new green colorway, while the Pro phones will be available in “alpine green.” Preorders will begin on Friday, and the product will be available on March 18th.
THE 27-INCH IMAC IS NO MORE
The 27-inch Intel-based iMac was not explicitly announced on stage, but it has since vanished from Apple’s store. It appears that you must now choose between a Studio setup and the M1 iMac with a 24-inch screen.