This is CNBC’s live blog covering Apple’s online event where Apple announced new AirPods with spatial audio, the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops and the M1 Max and M1 Pro processors.
Apple just wrapped up its hardware event where it unveiled new processors, laptops and AirPods. It’s Apple’s second event of the fall, and means it now has new iPhones, Apple Watches, Macs, AirPods and more ready to ship during the holiday season. Here’s everything Apple announced:
You can read all of the news below.
Apple is slated to release the MacBook Pro at a hefty price tag. The 14-inch model will begin at $1,999 and the 16-inch model at $2,499. Pre-orders begin today and they begin shipping next week.
— Samantha Subin
Apple announced new MacBook Pro laptops using its M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, which it says is much faster than laptops that use Intel chips.
The new models have an HDMI port to connect to displays and TVs, a SD card slot for photographers. It also uses a MagSafe magnetic connector, bringing back a beloved feature from older MacBooks. Users can still charge using the USB-C ports, of which there are three, which support Thunderbolt connections.
It comes in 16-inch and 14-inch sizes with denser screens and ProMotion screens with a higher refresh rate, a feature that landed on the iPhone 13 this year. The displays are using MiniLED technology, Apple said.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,999. The 16-inch model starts at $2,499, representing a slight price increase from previous models, although the price can increase when users configure their laptops with upgrades. They are available for pre-order on Monday and hit store shelves next week.
The display includes a notch cutout at the top of the screen for its cameras, according to an Apple video on Monday. Apple made the bezels thinner, and said its software would “wrap” the top option bar around the camera, which juts out into the screen.
However, unlike iPhones, the notch does not appear to house Apple’s Face ID facial recognition camera. Apple says the front-facing camera can take 1080p video and has been improved for better image quality.
The new models do not have a Touch Bar touchscreen on the keyboard but have a fingerprint sensor in the power button.
The 14-inch models can play video for 14 hours, and the 16-inch model manages 21 hours, Apple said. Both models charge to 50% in 30 minutes, Apple said.
— Kif Leswing