Apple 2021 presentation: here’s what happened
Good morning dear Tecnogalaxy readers, today we are going to talk about Apple April 20, 2021 presentation.
Apple held its first hardware event of 2021, unveiling new products. Some of the updates were rather insignificant, such as the addition of a purple-colored iPhone 12 model and the news that the second season of Apple’s acclaimed Ted Lasso TV series will debut on July 23.
The most important news of the Apple 2021 event
Here are some of the most significant announcements from the Apple event:
New Apple TV and Apple TV remote control
Apple hasn’t updated its set-top box for streaming video since 2017, and the device used a chip made for the iPhone that came out in 2016. The new Apple TV 4K box includes an A12 Bionic chip, and adds support for the latest Dolby technology to improve picture quality known as Dolby Vision.
The new Apple TV looks a lot like its predecessor: a black box with rounded corners about the size of a small book. But Apple has also updated the design of the Apple TV remote, which had been the subject of criticism. The new remote has a defined clickpad for navigating the Apple TV’s on-screen software and adds dedicated buttons to turn off and on or off the connected TV.
Family credit card plan
An unexpected update that came early in CEO Tim Cook’s presentation added functionality to Apple’s credit card. Calling the expanded program “Apple Card Family,” Cook said Apple will now allow two adults to share a card with a line of credit that will build credit history for both people.
Some joint credit card accounts only track the credit history of the primary cardholder, not build the second person’s credit score. Existing cardholders can choose to merge two accounts to create a shared account, Apple said.
The new program also adds special features for children. Adults can grant a card to a child, tracking all usage on the phone and imposing spending limits if they wish. All users must be at least 13 years old. (all this in the states only).
New iMac on Apple chips
Apple has debuted the first major change to the exterior of its popular iMac desktop computer since 2012. The new lineup features a 24-inch screen and thinner metal body, losing the rounded sides of previous models for a boxy look similar to recent iPhones and iPads. The 21.5-inch and 27-inch options of the previous lineup will be dropped.
Apple is offering seven colors for the new iMac: green, yellow, orange , pink, purple, blue and silver. The choices date back to the early days of the model in 1999, when former CEO Steve Jobs debuted five brightly colored iMac models.
The new iMac also offloads processors from Intel and uses Apple-developed processors similar to those found in other Apple devices.
New iPad Pro with mini LED
Apple has updated its most expensive tablet line, the iPad Pro, with faster processors, 5G cellular service, a faster and more capable USB-C port, and new screen technology. It’s still available in the same two screen sizes, 11 inches and 12.9 inches, as the previous line.
The new iPads include the same M1 chip used in Apple’s new iMac, Mac Mini and MacBook Pro computers. It also adds 5G modems that can connect to the new superfast wireless networks. Apple said the new iPads could approach download speeds of 4 gigabits per second under perfect conditions, fast enough to download an entire 4K movie in seconds.
The larger-screen iPad includes a new display technology based on mini LEDs. Instead of a few hundred LEDs under the screen, the iPad’s new screen has over 10,000 smaller LEDs, allowing for more precise control while saving battery power.
AirTags keep track of lost items
Apple has finally debuted its long wireless tracking tags, called AirTags. These small discs can be attached to items like a keychain, backpack or purse. If lost, a user can find where the items are using the Find My app on the iPhone and have the tag sound an alert.
The tags will go on sale in April for €35 each or €119 for a pack of four.
Pay for podcast
Apple helped start the podcast boom two decades ago when it added the audio format to its iTunes store. Now, in what Apple has called its biggest overhaul ever, it’s updating its podcast app.
That’s all, see you in a future article!
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