On its first official event for 2021, Apple has spilled the beans on the latest tech the company has been working on lately. The biggest news is that the M1 chip has come to the new iMac and iPad Pro. That way, the latest Apple iMacs will deliver up to 85% faster performance with the 8-core CPU, allowing filmmakers to edit up to four streams of 4K footage, or a single stream of 8K footage in Final Cut Pro.
The iPad Pro, on the other hand, is expected to deliver up to 50% faster CPU performance than previous models, thus blurring the line between laptops and tablets even further. You can find all details in the video below.
iMac with M1 Chip
It’s also worth mentioning that the all-new iMac comes with a pretty slim design measuring just 11.5mm thin. The newcomer has a 24″ 4.5K retina display with 11.3 million pixels and 500 nits of brightness. Besides the impressive resolution, the new iMac display has a wide P3 color gamut which provides a larger color space complemented by True Tone technology for a more natural viewing experience.
The brand new iMac comes with two Thunderbolt 3 ports which provide USB 4 support and can even connect to a single Apple Pro Display XDR in full 6K resolution. Apple also included a Full HD 1080p FaceTime HD camera with Apple’s latest camera ISP in the M1 chip. Wireless connectivity options include Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.0 technologies.
On the audio side, the iMac sports a studio-quality three-mic array which provides high signal-to-noise ratio and directional beamforming for clear recordings and calls.
The iMac also features a high-fidelity six-speaker system with force-canceling woofers. Providing wide stereo sound, the iMac also supports spatial audio when playing videos with Dolby Atmos.
The 24″ iMac is available in different colors starting at $1,299 and $1,499 for the 8-core GPU or 7-core GPU models respectively.
iPad Pro with M1 Chip
The iPad Pro now features an 11-inch as well as 12.9-inch retina XDR display with up to 1000 nits of full-screen brightness and 1600 nits of peak brightness. Furthermore, the latest iPad Pro with M1 chip comes with 16GB of memory and up to 2TB of storage.
Additionally, the device supports Thunderbolt and USB 4 connectivity, making it possible to connect the Magic Keyboard and other compatible wireless accessories.
Other noteworthy features include a front-facing 12MP ultra-wide camera, rear 12MP and 10MP cameras, 5G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.0 support, as well as Apple Pencil (2nd Gen) compatibility.
The 11″ model starts at $799 whereas the 12.9″ iPad Pro will set you back $1,099.
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