Apple Keynote: AirPods, MacBook, HomePod Mini … bold new features and renewals

The essential

  • After the iPhone 13, the Apple Watch Series 7 and new iPads presented last month, Apple still has new products ready to leave the warehouses.
  • Two more powerful MacBook Pros were unveiled in 16-inch and 14-inch format. They are equipped with the new in-house M1 Pro and M1 Max processors and a 120 Hz Mini Led screen. They also mark the return of the late connectivity (USB-C and HDMI and MagSafe 3).
  • A new pair of AirPods 3 headphones (199 euros) with a design close to the AirPods Pro completes the range but without active noise reduction.
  • The HomePod Mini is available in new colors in addition to white and space gray: yellow, orange and blue and at the same price of 99 euros.

Relive Apple’s announcements:

7:50 p.m. The last word for Tim Cook who thanks everyone. Most of the material on the hardware side is for professionals.

Note that macOS Monterey will be available from next Monday as a free software update.

7:45 p.m. Prices are coming in for the MacBook Pros and they’re beefy. The 14-inch model costs 2249 euros and the 16-inch rises to 2749 euros.

A summary of the MacBook Pro datasheet.

7:40 p.m. Small revolution: the new MacBook Pro adopt Mini Led screens and ProMotion, refreshing up to 120Hz. The borders also fit the display at the top around the camera as if there was a notch.

For audio, more powerful speakers produce “80% more bass” according to Apple.

MacBook Pros adapt the screen to the display around the webcam.
MacBook Pros adapt the screen to the display around the webcam.

7:30 p.m. New MacBook Pro unveiled with more connectors and in two sizes, 16 inches and 14 inches. The TouchBar bar disappears from the keyboard in favor of a more classic bar. The sockets also come back with a mini jack port, an SD card reader and several USB-C / Thunderbolt ports. The MagSafe also returns to charge with a magnetic cable. A return to the future.

The MacBook Pro has been partly reworked on its design.
The MacBook Pro has been partly reworked on its design.

19:25. It’s time to talk about MacOS. Apps designed for iPhone and iPad will run smoothly on Macs and become universal in Apple’s ecosystem.

19:22. Chef’s surprise is mainly intended for professionals : a second chip, the M1 Max, will also be fitted to MacBooks. The processor supports up to 64 GB of RAM and embeds 57 billion transistors The CPU goes to 10 cores and the GPU to 32 cores.

7:18 p.m. Make way for MacBook Pro with the M1 Pro! More powerful than on mainstream Macs, the new processor promises a power of + 70% compared to the M1 just released. The M1 Pro supports up to 32 GB of RAM and embeds 33.7 billion transistors. It features a 10-core CPU and a 16-core GPU. Enough to run the most greedy pro software.

7.15 p.m. We move on to AirPods 3. The new AirPods take the design of the Pro and incorporate spatial sound and are sweat resistant. Compatible with wireless charging and MagSafe, the wireless headphones have 30 hours of battery life and control over short rods. They will go on sale next week at 199 euros, with the current price of AirPods 2 dropping to 149 euros as a result. AirPods Pro are still 279 euros.

The AirPods 3 take the design of the Pro but without the noise reduction.
The AirPods 3 take the design of the Pro but without the noise reduction.

7:10 p.m. A grooming for a bestseller. The HomePod Mini takes colors with blue, orange and yellow … It is still sold at 99 euros.

The HomePod Mini comes in several more flashy colors.
The HomePod Mini comes in several more flashy colors.

7:05 p.m. First announcement for Apple Music and voice assistant : Siri will offer playlists that fit a context like a dinner or a sports hike. A new subscription at 4.99 dollars is launched in particular in France to launch the voice of music.

19 hours. Start right on time. It’s 10 a.m. in California and the October Apple Event kicks off with Tim Cook at the helm.

6:50 p.m. The animated home straight. Rhythmic music accompanies the last moments before the start of this pre-recorded keynote.

6:40 p.m. How to watch the live keynote for English speakers. Several options: Apple broadcasts his conference on his official website or on the Apple TV App (Events). Even simpler, go to the YouTube channel.

6.30 p.m. Tim Cook splits his traditional tweet before the conference of which he will be one of the main moderators.

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