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Biggest Announcements at Apple’s Peek Performance event

Apple also announced an external display, for the first time with a price tag of less than $5,000

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Apple recently wrapped up its “Peek Performance” event on March 8. The company unveiled the latest iPhone SE incorporated with its newest mobile chip and 5G onboard, a new Mac desktop tailored for creative professionals, and eventually an external display for the first time with a price tag of less than $5,000. Apple made many announcements, of which the biggest have been listed below.

Apple’s iPhone SE with 5G: Releasing on March 18th, the phone comes with the powerful capabilities of Apple’s latest A15 bionic CPU and that too, at a lower cost. It is a smaller 4.7-inch iPhone with an experience similar to the costlier iPhone 13 devices. The phone will be introduced with 5G onboard and have a starting price of $429.

Apple’s 5K Studio Display with an iPhone chip: Sporting a 27-inch 5K screen housed in an aluminium shell, the Studio display has the potential to reach 600 nits of maximum brightness, supports P3 wide colour, and comes with macOS’s TrueTone feature compatibility. Above the screen is a 12-MP ultra-wide camera aimed for video conferencing. It also incorporates multiple mics, six speakers, and a total of four USB-C ports, including one Thunderbolt. The starting price is $1,599 and it will be available to ship starting March 18th.

Updated iPad Air with M1 processor: The iPad Air has received another update, about a year and a half after its predecessor. This time, the enhancements are entirely internal. It now has an eight-core M1 CPU, similar to the iPad Pro, 5G on cellular-enabled variants, and a 12MP front-facing camera. The integrated USB-C connector is up to twice as fast, with data transmission speeds of 10Gbps.

New iPad Air with M1 Chip

The gadget has a storage capacity of 64GB or 256GB and is available in a range of colours, including grey, blue, pink, purple, and a unique colour combination of silver and gold dubbed “Starlight” by Apple. The Wi-Fi-only device will cost $599, while the bundled Wi-Fi and cellular version will cost $749.

Apple M1 Ultra processor in the all-new Mac Studio: Apple’s recent chip M1 Max has a die-to-die interconnect and this allowed Apple an upper hand to combine two of these chips to give birth to the Ultra version, thus doubling the servings of everything in the chip, for example, the CPU and GPU cores. The creation employs high-bandwidth memory and accommodates up to 128GB of unified memory. And an important aspect is that it consumes less power than the two standalone M1 Max chips.

The M1 Ultra makes its debut in the all-new Mac Studio, a computer that looks like a Mac Mini but has twice the height. Apple has portrayed the Mac Studio’s performance as being on par or even better than the Mac Pro. However, the offering seems to be an excellent alternative for the creators who don’t require expanding to the Mac Pro. The base version of the studio includes the M1 Max.

The new Mac Studio boasts plenty of ventilation and a large cooling system, as well as six Thunderbolt 4 connections and the ability to drive up to four Pro XDR displays. The base version has a price tag of $1,999, or $3,999 with Apple’s new M1 Ultra Processor. It’s up for pre-order and will ship on March 18th.

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