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Biggest Announcements From Apple’s Unleashed Event

Apple has finished its October 2021 Unleashed event, which was full of news and announcements from the company including the long-awaited M1-equipped MacBook Pros. Apple announced a whole lot of new equipment. So if you want to get caught up on the biggest updates from the show, here are the biggest announcements from the Unleashed event:

New MacBook Pros

Apple revealed a brand-new set of MacBook Pros, available in 14-inch and 16-inch models. The Touch Bar is gone, replaced with a full-size function row. The laptops will feature an HDMI port, three Thunderbolt ports, an SD card slot, a headphone jack, and the return of the MagSafe charger. The 14-inch model starts at $1,999, while the 16-inch model starts at $2,499. The MacBooks will be available to preorder Monday ahead of availability next week.

Notch Design

Apple has brought over the notch design from the iPhone to the new MacBook Pros, though it houses an improved 1080p FaceTime camera. Let the notch debates begin anew.

ProMotion and Mini LED technology

Apple’s new MacBook Pros use the company’s adaptive refresh rate technology, ProMotion, topping out at up to 120Hz refresh rates. They’re also lit by Mini LEDs, like the 2021 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

M1 Pro and the M1 Max

Apple announced its next two custom chips, dubbed the M1 Pro and M1 Max. They seem like they’ll be beefy chips, as Apple says the Pro has more than 33 billion transistors, while the Max has 57 billion transistors.

Airpods

Apple launched a new version of its popular AirPods headphones. They look a lot like the AirPods Pro, but they don’t have interchangeable tips. The new headphones support spatial audio and are sweat- and water-resistant. You can preorder them Monday for $179, as they will be available next week.

The HomePod Mini

Apple is introducing new colors to the HomePod Mini — the smart speaker will now also be available in yellow, orange, and blue. They’ll retail for the same $99 price starting in November.

New Apple Music Voice Plan

Apple launched a new Apple Music Voice Plan, which lets you access Apple Music with Siri. It will cost $4.99 per month and will be available later this fall in 17 countries.

MagSafe

Apple’s MagSafe magnetic charger is back with the new MacBook Pros. Apple is calling it MagSafe 3. The company says the new computers can charge up to 50 percent in 30 minutes.

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