Apple crammed fairly a number of bulletins into a brief, one-hour presentation yesterday: new iPad Pros, new iMacs, a brand new Apple TV 4K, and the long-rumored launch of AirTags, to call a number of. But for every part Apple executives and product managers mentioned onstage, there was one thing else that did not get talked about (or received 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 checklist of all the issues that modified on Apple’s web site, however we’re selecting a few of the most fascinating ones.
Let’s begin with OS updates.
New OS updates hit subsequent week
Apple seeded the launch candidate (RC) variations of iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, tvOS 14.5, macOS Big 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 launch candidate and the last public launch has diverse from replace to replace, however it has virtually at all times been speedy—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 methods at roughly the identical time.
We’ll drill down into the varied options and bug fixes in these updates once they arrive, however it’s protected to say that what’s attracted the most consideration is Apple’s new App Tracking 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 anyplace (but)
When Apple launched the first M1 Macs late final yr, legacy Intel variations of the Macs continued to coexist alongside their new Apple Silicon cousins, normally in the top-end configurations. That at the 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 still available to buy in Apple’s on-line retailer.
The 27-inch mannequin is enterprise as common. It’s an analogous 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 received M1 variants final yr are nonetheless in the retailer with Intel CPUs.
The 27-inch iMac remains to be out there 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.
More stunning, although, is that there’s nonetheless a 21.5-inch Intel iMac on the market, although it’s buried deep in 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 as the outdated 21.5-inch iMac, with none of the radical adjustments we noticed in the newly launched 24-inch mannequin.
The Mac mini will get higher Ethernet
When the M1 Mac mini launched, some would-be consumers complained that it did not provide the 10 gigabit Ethernet possibility out there 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 starting price from Apple’s on-line retailer.
A kaleidoscope of equipment
After Apple’s occasion, it got here to gentle that the new Magic Keyboard peripheral that comes in a number of shade choices with Touch ID works with Macs aside from the 24-inch iMac it’s bought with. But do not get too excited in case you’re an present Mac person who likes Touch ID: the keyboard is, at the least at the second, solely bought with the new iMac. That would possibly change in the future—we’ll have to attend and see.
Apple did not go into element about this throughout the presentation, however there are a wide range of new colours for the Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, and Magic Keyboard. They all match the new iMac colours, they usually’re all solely out there 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 solely issues out there with new colours and customization choices. Apple added two new iPad Smart Folio and Smart Cover colours: “Mallard Green” and “Electric Orange.” The Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro is offered in white now, too.
The retailer has additionally been up to date with new Apple Watch bands. They embody the new Hermes Jumping Single Tour model in varied colours, and there are new colours for present band kinds, too, together with the Solo Loop, Braided Solo Loop, Leather Loop, and Sport band. You can go to the Apple Watch website to see the full checklist of colours out there.