Apple's 'Spring loaded' event was certainly loaded with a ton of new product and service announcements, and that means that there are some things the company is saying goodbye to as well.
So, what did Apple kill off at its April event? Let's dive in!
The Siri Remote
If there is one product that has been finally killed off, it's the last generation of the Siri Remote. Today, along with an update to the Apple TV 4K, Apple has also introduced a new Siri Remote that kills the things that people absolutely HATED about the last one.
The new Siri Remote, instead of featuring a completely touch experience for navigation, is bringing back buttons in a circular design that is actually reminiscent of the iPod click wheel. While everyone who has wanted button navigation back will rejoice, those who liked the current Siri Remote can still breathe easy as the click pad will still be touch-enabled.
Apple also has gone back to a gray aluminum color rather than the black color of the current remote, which should hopefully be easier to find.
A-series chips in the iPad Pro
Apple also announced a new iPad Pro today that brings the M1 processor, which was exclusively reserved for the Mac, to the iPad for the first time. Bringing M1 to the iPad Pro enabled huge performance gains according to Apple:
The A-series chips are still present in the iPad Air, iPad mini, and base-model iPad...for now!
The old design of the iMac
Apple announced a completely redesigned iMac today that also brings color back to the Mac. The iMac has looked the same for a long time now and has been due for a major refresh, and Apple has delivered on that promise.
The new design is sure to start a preference war, but you can't deny that the old design language of the iMac is dead. Long live color on the iMac!
The 720p FaceTime camera
Speaking of the new iMac, Apple has also killed the 720p "potato cam" that people have complained about for years now. The new iMac features a new 1080p FaceTime camera that works with the M1 processor to create a much clearer, higher-resolution image when you are on those FaceTime and Zoom calls.
I don't think anyone will miss the old FaceTime camera. Hopefully, today's announcement will mean a new FaceTime camera is coming to the rest of the Mac lineup as well.
Okay, this is a little bit of a jab, but Apple may have just killed Tile with its announcement of AirTag, the company's own tracking device that works with the Find My app.
Tile is able to make its device compatible with the Find My app so that it could play in the same sandbox as Apple, but until it does, Apple has this space mostly to itself for iPhone users.
If Tile doesn't jump on board, it stands to lose a ton of customers in the Apple ecosystem as they will prefer AirTag due to its tight integration with Apple's software and hardware.
While these were the easy ones that came to mind, there are sure to be a lot of other things that Apple killed (or potentially killed) at its 'Spring loaded' event. Is there anything we missed? Is there anything you're particularly bummed about? Let us know in the comments!
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.