After last week’s Apple event, this week has been busy with the launch of all the hardware introduced at the event, as well as the next round of operating updates.
Ahead of Friday’s hardware launch, we saw early media reviews of the Mac Studio, Studio Display, iPad Air 5, iPhone SE 3, and even some practical take on the new green iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro colors visibly seen.
We also saw the update associated with the public release of iOS 15.4 and a slew of new features including the long-awaited Universal Controls, so read on for all the details on these stories and more!
Mac Studio Reviews: Faster Than the $13,000 Mac Pro
Just a week after Apple introduced Mac Studio, the first reviews of the desktop computer have emerged.
The first Mac Studio reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, with reviewers praising the computer for its impressive performance. When configured with Apple’s new M1 Ultra chip, Mac Studio is faster than the Mac Pro with 28-core Intel processors, which cost $12,999.
Apple last week began accepting Mac Studio pre-orders ahead of its launch on Friday, March 18. Mac Studio prices start at $1,999 with the M1 Max chip and $3,999 with the M1 Ultra chip.
Apple will improve the Studio Display’s camera in a software update after several bad reviews
The first reviews of Apple’s Studio Display have come to an end, and a common criticism among reviewers was that the webcam’s image quality ranged from “awful” to “awesome” on par with the “old Blackberry”.
In response, an Apple spokesperson said the company had “discovered an issue where the system is not behaving as expected” and is “improving software updates” without specifying further.
iPhone SE 3 reviews: Impressive performance in ‘tired design’
While reviews of the third-generation iPhone SE praised the addition of the faster A15 chip and 5G support at the budget-friendly $429 price point, the device still has the same design as the iPhone 8 from 2017.
Other key features of the new iPhone SE include longer battery life, more durable glass, new camera features, a return to 256GB storage option, and increased RAM of 4GB.
iPad Air 5 reviews: Great value $599 with M1 chip . From
The new fifth-generation iPad Air started reaching customers on Friday and ahead of the launch, the first reviews of the device were shared online, while we have already started working with our unit.
Overall, the new iPad Air remains a great value, thanks to the addition of the M1 chip with performance now on par with the iPad Pro. The new iPad Air features 5G connectivity over cellular models, an upgraded 12-megapixel front camera with support for Center Stage, 2x faster USB-C ports for data transfer, new color options, and more.
iOS 15.4 Released: Here’s Everything New
Apple released iOS 15.4 and iPadOS 15.4 to the public this week after nearly two months of beta testing, and there are several new features for iPhone and iPad users to check out.
Specifically, iOS 15.4 lets you unlock an iPhone with Face ID while wearing a mask, which doesn’t require an Apple Watch. This is just one of many new features, so be sure to check out our list of what’s new in iOS 15.4.
Other releases this week include macOS 12.3, watchOS 8.5, tvOS 15.4 and HomePod software version 15.4.
Kuo: Only iPhone 14 Pro models to get A16 chip, standard models to retain A15
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, only the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will receive Apple’s latest A16 Bionic chip later this year, leaving the two lower-end iPhone 14 models with the A15 chip.
Should this information be accurate, it seems plausible that Apple could introduce a new chip with only the “Pro” model, and then that chip would roll over to two cheaper iPhone models next year.
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