Earlier in March, Apple hosted an hour long presentation, the Peek Performance event, with several announcements. The Verge has rounded up some of the biggest take-home’s from the day.
The M1 Ultra was introduced and will be available in the Mac Studio and most likely in the new Mac Pro that was teased. The Ultra is essentially two M1 Max chips put together supporting up to 128GB of RAM at eight times the speed of the standard M1 chip. Mac Studio is like a Mac Mini aimed at creative professionals with tons of I/O, cooling, and processing power. The Max version starts at $1,999 whereas the Ultra version starts at $3,999. The Studio Display will have a 27-inch, 5K screen, reaching up to 600 nits of brightness and can support P3 wide color as well as work with macOS’s TrueTone feature. Above the screen, a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera is included for video conferencing. The monitor, available to order now, can stand on its own but there is also a stand upgrade option for height adjustments available for additional purchase.
Other announcements from the event include Apple’s new iPhone SE, which includes features of Apple’s newest A15 CPU in a cheaper and smaller package, and price starting at $429. The phone will provide a similar experience to the pricier iPhone 13 device, including Touch ID, when it launches this month. If you were interested in the iPhone 13 devices though, they will soon be available in a new “alpine green” colorway. A new version of the iPad Air is coming, with an eight-core M1 chip, 5G on cellular-equipped models, and a 12MP front-facing camera.
Lastly, iOS 15.4 will be released this month, Apple’s streaming service will feature two Major League Baseball games on Friday nights during the regular season, and with all the newness, the 27-inch, Intel-based iMac is seemingly being discontinued. To learn details about all of the exciting announcements from the presentation, visit here.