Apple crammed fairly just a few bulletins into a brief, one-hour presentation yesterday: new iPad Professionals, new iMacs, a new Apple TV 4K, and the long-rumored launch of AirTags, to call just a few. However for all the pieces Apple executives and product managers stated onstage, there was one thing else that did not get talked about (or acquired handed over shortly, maybe).
Many of those smaller particulars had been hidden on product, specs, or help pages after Apple up to date its web site with the occasion’s new merchandise. This is not a complete record of all of the issues that modified on Apple’s web site, however we’re choosing among the most fascinating ones.
Let’s begin with OS updates.
New OS updates hit subsequent week
Apple seeded the discharge candidate (RC) variations of iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, tvOS 14.5, macOS Massive Sur 11.3, and watchOS 7.4 to app builders yesterday, signaling that these working system updates are mere days away from launch. The time between the discharge candidate and the ultimate public launch has diverse from replace to replace, but it surely has nearly at all times been fast—as fast as a single day, typically.
Apple additionally particularly acknowledged that tvOS 14.5 will hit subsequent week, and Apple normally pushes out software program updates to a number of working programs at roughly the identical time.
We’ll drill down into the assorted options and bug fixes in these updates after they arrive, but it surely’s protected to say that what’s attracted probably the most consideration is Apple’s new App Monitoring Transparency change, which would require apps to ask customers for permission to trace them throughout a number of apps.
The Intel 21.5-inch iMac isn’t going wherever (but)
When Apple launched the primary M1 Macs late final 12 months, legacy Intel variations of the Macs continued to coexist alongside their new Apple Silicon cousins, normally within the top-end configurations. That at the very least partially stayed true with the introduction of M1 24-inch iMacs yesterday: each the 27-inch and the 21.5-inch iMacs with Intel CPUs are nonetheless in the stores in Apple’s on-line retailer.
The 27-inch mannequin is enterprise as regular. It is a comparable case to these late 2020 M1 Macs; Apple sees the M1 as an entry-level chip, and the beefier, extra feature-laden high-end variations of the Macs that acquired M1 variants final 12 months are nonetheless within the retailer with Intel CPUs.
The 27-inch iMac continues to be accessible as earlier than, carrying the high-end flag for that product line till an inevitable Apple Silicon refresh hits the costlier a part of the lineup.
Extra stunning, although, is that there is nonetheless a 21.5-inch Intel iMac on the market, although it is buried deep within the buy web page for the 27-inch iMac, oddly sufficient. This surviving configuration has a 2.3 GHz, dual-core, seventh-gen Intel Core i5 CPU, both 8GB or 16GB of 2133 MHz DDR4 reminiscence, and both 256GB of SSD storage or 1TB of Fusion Drive storage.
It prices $1,099 at entry-level or $1,299 with the 16GB RAM possibility. It has the identical design because the outdated 21.5-inch iMac, with not one of the radical adjustments we noticed within the newly launched 24-inch mannequin.
The Mac mini will get higher Ethernet
When the M1 Mac mini launched, some would-be patrons complained that it did not provide the ten gigabit Ethernet possibility accessible in Intel Mac mini fashions. Apple has now addressed this by including the identical improve choice to the M1 Mac mini. It prices $100 over the M1 Mac mini’s $699 base beginning worth from Apple’s on-line retailer.
A kaleidoscope of equipment
After Apple’s occasion, it got here to gentle that the brand new Magic Keyboard peripheral that is available in a number of shade choices with Contact ID works with Macs apart from the 24-inch iMac it is bought with. However do not get too excited in the event you’re an current Mac person who likes Contact ID: the keyboard is, at the very least in the mean time, solely bought with the brand new iMac. That may change sooner or later—we’ll have to attend and see.
Apple did not go into element about this throughout the presentation, however there are a selection of recent colours for the Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, and Magic Keyboard. All of them match the brand new iMac colours, they usually’re all solely accessible as bundles with new iMacs at current. Even the 24-inch iMac’s braided energy twine is color-coded.
iMacs and Magic Keyboards aren’t the one issues accessible with new colours and customization choices. Apple added two new iPad Sensible Folio and Sensible Cowl colours: “Mallard Inexperienced” and “Electrical Orange.” The Magic Keyboard for iPad Professional is offered in white now, too.
The shop has additionally been up to date with new Apple Watch bands. They embody the brand new Hermes Leaping Single Tour type in varied colours, and there are new colours for current band kinds, too, together with the Solo Loop, Braided Solo Loop, Leather-based Loop, and Sport band. You’ll be able to go to the Apple Watch web site to see the total record of colours accessible.