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Apple has just conducted its October 2021 digital event, where the company announced highly anticipated third-generation AirPods and not less awaited M1-equipped MacBook Pros with new screens. 

Tim Cook the CEO of Apple revealed a lot of news and announcements as well as the new Bluetooth earbuds which design resemble their AirPods Pro and its premium class laptops which are powered with Apple’s custom chips.   

The third-generation of AirPods

It may seem that the third-generation of AirPods is copying the design of the AirPods Pro, and that will be true. The new Airpods will have shorter stalks and squeeze controls, but they come without silicone earbud tips and active noise cancelation.

The third-generation of AirPods

The company improved water- and sweat-resistant levels. Also, they increased the battery life to six hours of continuous listening which in combination with the case expands to a total of 30 hours. The case also gets the improvement as MagSafe wireless charging. 

Apple made a huge accent on spatial duo audio and Dolby Atmos music mixes with the new AirPods. The earbuds also support head-tracking for Apple’s spatial audio surround-sound feature for movies, TV, and music, and have an adaptive equalizer similar to the AirPods Pro.

The third-generation AirPods will cost £169 in the UK and $179 in the US and will ship on 26 October. Apple also introduced a cheaper Apple Music plan costing £4.99 a month that can only be controlled via Siri on Apple devices.

The New MacBook Pros

The new MacBook Pros differ a lot from their predecessors. They now have a new design and a better performance. The long-awaited new MacBook Pros mark the biggest change to Apple’s top laptop line since 2012 and ditch the secondary OLED “Touch Bar” screen introduced in 2016. 

First of all, Apple got rid of the OLED “Touch Bar”. Because it was unpopular among MacBook users. The laptops now have larger 14.2in or 16.2in screens with diminished bezels and a notch similar to the iPhone for the upgraded 1080p webcam. Both displays have miniLED and 120Hz ProMotion technology as seen in the iPad Pro for increased brightness, HDR (high-dynamic range) support, and smoother animations.

Apple MacBook Pro
The new ports on MacBook Pros. Image credit: theguardian.com

Instant win for the new MacBook Pros will bring new ports that are not only Thunderbolts. The new laptops now have three Thunderbolt ports, HDMI, SD card slots and the MagSafe 3 magnetic charging system. Models will be available in silver and space gray and the body is made of 100% recycled aluminum. 

Under the hood you can find the M1 Pro and the M1 Max, Apple’s new 10-core processors with eight “high-performance” cores and two “high-efficiency” cores. 

According to The Guardian, the new chips have 10-core processors that are up to 70% faster than the M1 and 16 or 32-core graphics, depending on the version, which Apple says are twice or four times more powerful than M1. The chips support up to 64GB memory and have a significantly longer battery life of up to 21 hours video playback, with fast charging support too.

Apple MacBook Pros

There’s a new 1080p camera, which Apple says delivers twice the low-light performance of previous MacBook shooters. A new six-speaker sound system supports Spatial Audio, and a Liquid Retina XDR display delivers up to a claimed 1,600 nits of peak brightness. The enclosure is entirely aluminum, and Apple says the new cooling system can move “50 percent more air” than previous MacBooks with lower (and thus, quieter) fan speeds.

The 14in and 16in MacBook Pros start at £1,899 or $1,999 and £2,399 or $2,499 respectively and will ship on 26 October.

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