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Apple’s latest iPad Air, iPhone SE and the new Mac Studio bring fans of Apple some new features and enhancements, as well as the first brand new product in seven years.
The Mac Studio is Apple’s first new line in since it unveiled the Apple Watch in 2014 (the latest Apple Watch Series 7 came out last year). Apple releases ranged from the updated fifth-generation iPad to the latest version of the popular iPhone SE. Other noteworthy announcements included a new desktop and display, and new colors for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro.
Apple said its latest version of its budget tablet, the fifth generation of the iPad Air, features its M1 chip (which is currently in the iPad Pro) and comes with either 64GB or 256GB storage. It has an improved, 12-megapixel, wide-angle forward-facing camera and support 5G connectivity, Apple Pencil (second generation) and Apple’s Center Stage teleconferencing software, according to the brand. Its screen size remains 10.9 inches, the same as on the previous generation — as we reported in 2020, this was considered a serious upgrade from the third-generation iPad Air. The starting price also remains the same as its predecessor’s — $599, or $749 with cellular service. It comes in Space Gray, Starlight, pink, purple and a new color, blue. The company added that the new iPad’s casing will continue to be made from 100-percent recycled aluminum.
As expected, the third-generation iPhone SE includes the same 4.7-inch Retina Display as the previous generation, which we covered when it came out in 2020. The new SE features 5G connectivity and the A15 Bionic chip currently in the iPhone 13, but the company also announced that the latest iteration of its popular budget smartphone also includes an improved battery and the improved glass currently on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro. This generation has a home button with Touch ID and a new camera system with Smart HDR 4. According to the brand, it’s made with recycled tungsten and rare earth elements and comes in three colors: Midnight, Starlight and product RED. It starts at $429, $30 more than the previous generation.
There are also two new colors: dark green for the iPhone 13 and Alpine Green for the iPhone 13 Pro, both of which we covered when they were announced in September. The new colors are now available. If you want to keep your factory finish safe, you may want to consider iPhone 13 accessories like the phone case-and-wallet combo Select writer Justin Krajeski swears by.
Apple unveiled its new Mac Studio, a desktop that can come with up to 8TB of SSD storage and is powered either with the M1 Max chip (with 64GB of video memory) or the new M1 Ultra (with 128GB of video memory). The Mac Studio comes with Thunderbolt 4, USB-C, USB-A, Ethernet and HDMI ports, as well as an SD card slot and headphone jack. The Mac Studio is 7.7 inches wide and 3.7 inches tall, and the M1 Ultra version can play up to 18 streams of 8K ProRes video, according to Apple.
The 27-inch Studio Display has an all-aluminum enclosure and a 30-degree tiltable stand with adjustable height. It can be mounted in portrait or landscape orientation, and there are three USB-C ports and a Thunderbolt port built in. It uses an A13 chip inside and has six speakers, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera (like the one in current iPads) and Center Stage for video calls. It comes with a glare-reducing nanotexture option.
The Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad, the Magic Trackpad and Apple Mouse are all now available in a black-and-silver color scheme in addition to the traditional Apple white.
Learn more about the new iPhone SE 3 and new iPad Air 5.
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Michael Y. Park is an editor for Select on NBC News.
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