Apple on Tuesday held its highly-anticipated “Peek Performance” after months of speculation. This year’s March event was a big one that saw the releases of new hardware products. If you missed the event, then we got you covered. In the section below, we have gathered everything the Cupertino firm announced at its event.
Green iPhone 13
iPhone 13 is not new as it has been out there for months. At this year’s March event, Apple’s 2021 smartphones got new color options. Specifically, iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are now available in a new dark-toned Green color. The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max come in the Alpine Green color option. We have to admit that those new Green-colored iPhones look amazing.
Apple confirmed that all the new Green color options will be available for pre-order this Friday and will hit stores worldwide starting March 18.
3rd-gen iPhone SE
The iPhone SE was first introduced back in 2016 and received mixed reviews with most tech experts criticizing its old-fashioned design. According to Apple, the SE lineup is mainly targeted at users who are looking for a small-screened iPhone with powerful hardware.
The third-generation iPhone SE retains the classic design with a Home button but rocks the more powerful A15 Bionic chip, 5G support, and camera improvements. The new chip is expected to offer a much faster performance when compared to the iPhone 8 with the A11 chip.
The battery life has been improved on the new SE, offering two hours longer than the second-generation SE. The 12MP camera on the rear now features Deep Fusion, Smart HDR, and Photographic Styles for much-improved picture quality. The third-generation iPhone SE will be up for pre-order starting March 11. It will be priced at $429 in the US, a $30 price increase from the predecessor.
iPad Air 5
With the new iPad Air, Apple finally added the M1 chip to its Air lineup, promising a much-improved performance. In fact, the new tablet with the M1 chip is about 50% faster than the A15 Bionic and 70% more powerful than the A14 Bionic chip found in the 4th gen iPad Air. The new Air also features a 12MP front-facing shooter with support for Center Stage, a faster USB-C port, and support for 5G networks. The new Air model will be available for pre-orders starting on March 11 for $599.
The Mac Studio is Apple’s latest entry to its Mac lineup. It features new hardware with up to 64-core GPU and up to 20-core CPU, making it the most powerful Mac desktop ever made. While the base model is powered by the M1 Max chip, the more expensive option is fueled by the M1 Ultra – a new chip that includes two M1 chips working together.
In terms of connectivity options, the new Mac Studio includes two USB-C ports, 4 Thunderbolt 4 ports, an SD card reader, a 10GB Ethernet port, and a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. Like any other Mac model, the Studio can be customized to rock up to 128GB of RAM and 8T of SSD storage. Of course, this won’t come cheap as it starts at $1999 for the base model. According to Apple, the new Mac Studio will start shipping starting March 18. You can pre-order the machine now.
The new Apple Studio Display was a big surprise at this year’s event. The new display joins the Apple lineup alongside the Pro Display XDR which was first introduced in 2019. The Studio Display targets casual users with basic needs at home or at work.
Apple Studio Display features a 27-inch display LCD panel with 5K resolution. It sports an all-aluminum look with thin bezels and an integrated stand that can tilt up to 30 degrees. It has a 12MP shooter with Center Stage support. There are also 3 built-in microphones and 6 internal speakers with Dolby Atmos support. In terms of connectivity, the new display has 3 USB-C ports and a Thunderbolt 4 port. It will be available for sale on March 18 starting at $1599 in the US.