Tuesday, Apple unveiled a range of new devices, including a new iPhone SE with 5G, a new version of the iPad Air and Mac Studio, an all-new desktop PC with a powerful new processor. Apple made all of these announcements in a pre-recorded presentation that, oddly, made no reference to the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, even though the company changed its policies last week in response to the conflict. Apple product presentations are like waffle restaurant– no matter how many crises hit the world around them, they will continue.
Here is everything that was announced.
iPhone SE 5G
Anyone who loves iPhones with physical home buttons will be happy to see another iPhone SE update. Not much has changed since the 2020 update to the cheapest small iPhone. This time, Apple stuffed the A15 Bionic processor inside, the same one found inside the iPhone 13 models. This means that this budget model iPhone is almost as good as the super iPhones. expensive, and Apple claims that this chip allows for better battery life. You also get 5G connectivity, giving you access to faster internet speeds on your carrier’s network, and the glass around the phone is the same ceramic shield that protects the iPhone 13 models from ‘Apple. The SE also has a 12-megapixel main camera, which enables similar features introduced in the mainline iPhones, like Photographic Styles and Deep Fusion. That’s all it gets for the new optical guts – there are no extra sensors here. Even the 7-megapixel selfie camera is the same.
Oddly, the new iPhone SE does not include support for the MagSafe accessory system. Apple introduced MagSafe with the iPhone 12, allowing you to magnetically attach accessories like wireless chargers, wallets, and batteries to the back of the phone. (Don’t worry, you can still charge this iPhone wirelessly.) Everything else is more or less the same, from the 4.7-inch LCD screen and IP67 water resistance to the home button. with TouchID. It is available in three colors: midnight, starlight and product (red). Pre-orders open this Friday and go on sale March 18 for $429.
If you prefer a Face ID-enabled iPhone, you might be wowed by the new colors available for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, Green and Alpine Green respectively. They will also be available for pre-order this Friday, with official sales starting March 18. —Julien Chokkattu
M1 Ultra chip
To make its chipset naming convention even more confusing, Apple is adding another processor to its M1 line and calling it the M1 Ultra. It joins the M1, M1 Pro and M1 Max. The design is interesting, as it’s essentially two M1 Max chips put together using die technology Apple calls UltraFusion. According to Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering, John Ternus, the M1 Ultra offers a ridiculous 128GB of graphics memory and has seven times as many transistors as the base M1 chip. —Boone Ashworth
The biggest surprise at Apple’s spring event was the announcement of a new desktop PC called the mac studio. It looks like a double-height chonky Mac Mini, a chunky silver block 4 inches tall. It has ports for days, including four Thunderbolt ports, two USB-A slots, an HDMI port, and a headphone jack on the back. On the front are two USB-C ports and an SD card slot. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are integrated. Apple says you can view the display simultaneously on four of its XDR monitors and a 4K TV. The Mac Studio can be configured with an M1 Max or the new M1 Ultra chip. Learn more here.