Apple launches the new Iphone Se 5g, the almighty Mac Studio and the iPad Air with M1 chip

Apple released a host of new features, most of which were hinted and leaked but still managed to pack in a surprise or two, at its (almost) annual spring event on Tuesday. The Cupertino tech giant announced the third-generation iPhone SE with 5G support, the fifth-generation iPad Air with M1 support, and an all-new Mac Studio that sports the new M1 Ultra chip and a monitor. external dubbed Studio Display.

So what did we do right and what did we do wrong?

iPhone SE 3rd Generation

The third generation iPhone SE. (Picture: Apple)

This one was, in hindsight, the easiest guess to make for even the most casual industry observer. The second-gen SE was the only iPhone in Apple’s lineup that didn’t support 5G and Tim Cook was happy to fix that. The 3rd Gen SE is identical to its predecessor in form – they both sport the iPhone 8 chassis. However, it comes with the A15 Bionic chip that powers the iPhone 13 series, and its unique 12 megapixel gets all the computational photography upgrades of its bigger siblings.

Price: The iPhone SE 3 starts at Rs 43,900 for the 64GB variant, Rs 48,900 for the 128GB variant and Rs 58,900 for the 256GB variant. This iPhone is available in Product Red, Midnight and Starlight finishes.

Availablity: In India, the iPhone SE 3 will go up for pre-order on March 11 and will be available for purchase from March 18.

iPad Air 5th Generation

Apple launches the new Iphone Se 5g, the almighty Mac Studio and the iPad Air with M1 chip The fifth generation iPad Air. (Picture: Apple)

It was one of the hits, the hit being that a new iPad Air was actually announced, and the miss being everything else. The new iPad Air is now surprisingly powered by the M1 chip, making it a more attractive alternative for those who wanted the power of the M1 iPad Pro at a lower cast. Everything else about the new iPad Air is identical to its predecessor: Apple Pencil support, display, et al.

Price: The iPad Air 5 starts at Rs 54,900 for the 64GB Wi-Fi variant and Rs 68,900 for the Wi-Fi + 5G variant; Rs 68,900 for the 256GB model with Wi-Fi only and Rs 82,900 for the model with Wi-F1 and 5G support. The new iPad Air is available in Space Grey, Starlight, Pink, Purple and Blue finishes.

Availablity: In India, the iPad Air will be pre-ordered on March 11 and available from March 18.

M1 Ultra

Apple launches the new Iphone Se 5g, the almighty Mac Studio and the iPad Air with M1 chip The new M1 Ultra SoC. (Picture: Apple)

First big surprise of the day, the M1 Ultra SoC (System-on-Chip) was described as a “monster chip”. It’s basically two M1 Max chips fused together using a technique Apple calls “UltraFusion.” The M1 Ultra has a 20-core CPU, up to 64 GPU cores and a 32-core Neural Engine – essentially twice as many as the M1 Max – and supports up to 128GB of RAM.

mac studio

It was the second surprise of the day. Most leakers, analysts, and even this reporter expected Apple to release the (redesigned) successor to the MacBook Air, but instead, in classic Apple fashion, the company pulled a “.. . and one more thing” taking the covers from the Mac Studio .

Aimed at professional creators and artists, the Mac Studio is a powerhouse of a computer that comes with an M1 Max chip or the new M1 Ultra chip. Mac Studio with M1 Max supports up to nine simultaneous 8K ProRes video streams, while the M1 Ultra variant can support twice as many.

Connectivity: Both variants have four Thunderbolt 4.0 USB-C ports, an HDMI port, a 10GB Ethernet port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. On the front, the two variants have in common an SDX card reader; the M1 Max variant has two USB-C ports, while the M1 Ultra model has two Thunderbolt 4.0 ports. Both variants can support up to five external monitors.

Apple launches the new Iphone Se 5g, the almighty Mac Studio and the iPad Air with M1 chip The new Mac Studio (right) and the Studio Display. (Picture: Apple)

Storage room: Both variants can go up to 8TB of storage.

RAM: The M1 Max variants support 32 or 64 GB of RAM, while the M1 Ultra goes up to 128 GB of RAM.

Price: The M1 Max variant starts at Rs 1,89,900 and – depending on configuration – can cost up to Rs 4,69,900. The M1 Ultra model starts at Rs 3,69,900 and — again depending on the configuration — can go up to Rs 7,89,900.

Availablity: The Mac Studio is available for pre-order now, with general availability starting March 18.

The studio display

This one wasn’t as much of a surprise, though Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman expected it to be a standalone launch. The Studio Display is intended to complement the Mac Studio, but supports all Mac models. It sports a 27-inch Retina 5K display, a 12MP ultra-wide front camera, a triple-mic array for better voice quality, and a six-speaker audio system with Apple’s proprietary Spatial Audio.

Price: The Studio Display costs Rs 1.59,900 for the standard glass variant with tilt or tilt and height adjustable stands, while the model with Nano Texture Glass costs Rs 1.89,900. For both models, the VERA wall mount option costs an additional Rs 40,000. The Studio Display is available for pre-order now with no clear availability date – Apple’s official site estimates a “two to three week delivery window”.

The iPhone 13 series gets a makeover

Apple launches the new Iphone Se 5g, the almighty Mac Studio and the iPad Air with M1 chip New green finishes for the iPhone 13 range. (Image: Apple)

Perhaps the least interesting of all Tuesday’s announcements was that the iPhone 13 series was getting a fresh coat of paint. The iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max will now come in “Alpine Green”, while the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini will sport a “Bold Green” color.

Here is. These are all announcements from Apple’s first keynote of the year. The next time Apple CEO Tim Cook takes the stage is expected to be later this summer – possibly June – for the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), where Apple will announce upcoming versions of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS, as well as potential hardware.


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