Well, that was quite a week packed with Apple news, wasn’t it? From a media event on Tuesday where Apple introduced three new Macs based on the new custom M1 chip to the launch of macOS Big Sur on Thursday and the launch of two new iPhones on Friday, this week it had it all.
Next week is shaping up to be another busy one, too, with deliveries of the HomePod mini and new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini models hitting customers’ hands, but before you get there, breathe and go. reading for the details of everything that happened this week.
Everything announced at Tuesday’s Apple event in 6 minutes
Apple held its third virtual media event in as many months on Tuesday, this time focusing on the Mac. Unsurprisingly, Apple introduced the first Apple Silicon-based Macs in the form of the new M1 chip.
The M1 hit three different machines this week, including the MacBook Air, the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the Mac mini. All new machines are available to order now, with availability starting next Tuesday, November 17. Apple also continues to offer Intel-based configurations of the higher-end 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac mini.
Apple’s event was efficient, clocked in under an hour, but we also narrowed it down to just a six-minute recap, so be sure to check out our video recap and links to all of our coverage of the event.
Apple Releases macOS Big Sur with New Design, Control Center, Safari Privacy Report, Message Updates, Map Review, and More
In the wake of Tuesday’s event, Apple on Thursday finally released macOS Big Sur to the public, bringing a new look and a host of new features to macOS.
However, the launch did not go smoothly, as Apple’s servers appear to have crashed after launch, halting Big Sur downloads and even preventing the launch of some third-party Mac applications due to Apple’s Gatekeeper service not. works.
The craze has died down, so once you’ve been able to install macOS Big Sur, be sure to check out our feature guide and our more detailed roundup with all the details. We also have a great list of 50 tips and tricks to get you started with macOS Big Sur.
Apple Silicon M1 chip in MacBook Air outperforms high-end 16-inch MacBook Pro
It didn’t take long for the first benchmark results for Apple’s new Macs with the M1 chip to appear, and those results look impressive.
With a multi-core score well above 7,000 on Geekbench 5, the new MacBook Air manages to outperform even the highest-end 16-inch MacBook Pro with the 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processor.
Benchmark results have also appeared for the new 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac mini, showing very similar performance, which is to be expected given that the M1 chip has virtually identical technical specs on all three machines beyond the configuration of Lowest end MacBook Air you have. a 7-core GPU instead of 8-core.
If you need help deciding between the new MacBook Air or the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 chip, we’ve put together a helpful buyer’s guide.
Practice with the new iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Mini
It was easy to lose track given all the news related to Apple’s Mac event this week, but this week also saw the launch of two new iPhone models, the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Anticipated media reviews of both the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max have been positive, although some reviewers have some concerns about the limited battery life on Apple’s smaller flagship phone. Of course, we have our own handy overview of the two new phones, and we’ll have more coverage next week once we have more time to spend with them.
What’s new in iOS 14.3: ProRAW support for iPhone 12 Pro, cardio fitness features, and more
Apple released the first beta version of iOS 14.3 on Thursday, and MacRumors was able to dig into the software update and make some discoveries.
Specifically, iOS 14.3 introduces support for Apple’s new ProRAW image format on iPhone 12 Pro models, the beginnings of support for a new cardio fitness feature for Apple Watch, functional QR codes for App Clips, and more.
The update also includes an icon that may hint at the design of Apple’s rumored AirPods Studio earbuds, appears to be preparing to support third-party Bluetooth item trackers in the Find My app, and may start suggesting third-party apps to users. during the process of setting up a device in certain countries.
Apple also released the first beta versions of watchOS 7.2 and tvOS 14.3.
Future Apple Silicon Macs are rumored to include a redesigned 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro, 24-inch iMac, and smaller Mac Pro.
After its event on Tuesday, Apple reiterated that the transition to Apple Silicon across the entire Mac line will take about two years to complete.
Apple didn’t reveal which Macs will get M-series chips next, but rumor has it, we can expect a redesigned 14-inch MacBook Pro, 16-inch MacBook Pro, 24-inch iMac, and smaller Mac Pro models, with at least Some of those models are expected to launch in 2021.
At WWDC 2020 in June, Apple also said it still had exciting new Intel-based Macs in development in the meantime, but it’s unclear if that will extend beyond the updated 27-inch iMac released in August.
See: HomePod Mini Reviews, Sound Quality Tests, and Unpacking Videos
In the midst of a busy week for Apple, the first reviews and unpacking videos of the HomePod mini have been shared, and many media outlets and YouTubers have found that the speaker offers “great sound” despite its compact design.
Priced at $ 99, the speaker is available to order in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Spain, and the UK. Orders will begin in China, Mexico and Taiwan later this year.
The HomePod mini will begin reaching customers on Monday, November 16.
Every week, we publish an email newsletter like this one that highlights Apple’s top stories, making this a great way to get a short summary for the week that addresses all the top topics we’ve covered and linking related stories to a great picture view.
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