Apple’s October event
New AirPods are coming in October
At its second event within around a month, Apple focused on music and presented new AirPods.
According to Apple, the AirPods are one of the most popular music products that the company has ever released. It is therefore not surprising that the company presented a new generation of headphones on October 18.
The third generation of AirPods will offer support for 3D audio, among other things, longer battery life. Up to six hours of music enjoyment at a time should be possible. With the well-known charging case, consumers can enjoy up to 30 hours of playback time. Five minutes of charging time should enable a running time of around one hour.
Protected against sweat and water, the headphones should also be able to be used during sports without any problems. The new AirPods will be available from October 26th and can be pre-ordered now. The third generation will cost 199 euros, the second generation will be available from 149 euros.
Apple Music from autumn with a cheaper subscription
The music streaming service Apple Music will also receive an additional subscription in the future. In addition to the subscription for individuals (9.99 euros per month) and families (14.99 euros per month), there will also be a voice option from autumn, which will cost 4.99 euros per month, just like a student subscription. With the voice alternative, users can use voice commands to play music on Siri-enabled devices. In addition, Apple Music receives hundreds of new playlists for every occasion, whether for the shower or a dinner party, which are optimized for voice control.
The HomePod mini will be available in new colors from November. In addition to space gray and white, the smart speaker will also be available in yellow, blue and orange for 99 euros.
New MacBook Pro can cost almost 7,000 euros
Apple has also introduced a new MacBook Pro. The devices are available as 16-inch and, alternatively, as a smaller 14-inch model. Two new chips, M1 Pro and M1 Max, should provide improved performance. Apple speaks of the most powerful chips that the company has developed to date.
The new MacBook Pro offers a Liquid Retina XDR display that, thanks to its thinner screen bezels, is larger than the displays of previous generations. The 14-inch version of the device is just 1.55 centimeters thick and weighs around 1.6 kilograms. The 16-inch model has a height of 1.68 centimeters and around 2.1 to 2.2 kilograms.
The battery life has therefore also been tweaked. Video playback of up to 17 hours should be possible in the 14-inch version, and up to 21 hours in the 16-inch model. The MacBook Pro can also be pre-ordered now and will be shipped from October 26th. Depending on the configuration, the prices of the devices fluctuate greatly. The 14-inch variant is available from 2,249 euros, the 16-inch alternative from 2,749 euros. With an M1 Max chip, 64 gigabytes of RAM and 8 terabytes of SSD storage, the 16-inch model costs 6,839 euros according to the Apple homepage.