This week was a bumper week for Apple. Following the announcement of the iPhone 13, iPad, and iPad mini 6 last month, Apple treated us on Monday to a brand new MacBook Pro (2021), new AirPods 3, new HomePod mini colors and even a new cleaning cloth. So which announcement was your favorite this week? Take our poll below and let us know, but first a recap.
Before any hardware, Apple treated us to the news that it was adding a swathe of new playlists to Apple Music, all in preparation for the rollout of its new voice-only Apple Music tier. Priced at just half of the current Apple Music subscription, the $5 a month voice-only mode does exactly what it says on the tin. You can listen to everything on Apple Music without restriction, you just have to use your voice to ask for it.
Apple also unveiled some new fruity colors for the HomePod mini. The three new colors are yellow, orange, and blue, available in November for just $99.
M1 Pro and Max
I've separated the M1 Pro and M1 Max Apple silicon chips so that you can pick this separately from the new MacBook Pro if you so desire. That's because it seems likely that the new chips will also feature down the line in other Mac products, and deserve to be treated separately. Apple's new chips offer 70% faster CPU performance over M1 and nearly double the graphics power. A true pair of behemoths.
Apple's new MacBook Pro takes these chips and houses them inside a new all-pro display with a return of useful ports like HDMI and the SD Cart slot. It also has a stunning new 120Hz liquid retina mini-LED display.
Apple's new third-generation AirPods bring a new design and improved audio in the same sleek package as the last one. Some have even suggested they might be better bang for your buck than the AirPods Pro, suggesting they might be a contender for best true wireless earbuds.
Take our poll below and let us know what your favorite announcement was this week.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9