Apple Unveils New MacBooks, AirPods, and $5 Music Service

By Paul Riegler on 19 October 2021
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At what ostensibly was part two of the company’s annual virtual product launch, Apple introduced two new MacBooks, new AirPods, and a $5 music-streaming service.

The new MacBook Pro laptops, which come equipped with 14” and 16” displays, are powered by new Apple silicon.  They address many of the complaints customers have had about the current MacBook lineup until now by restoring several connectors including the MagSafe power connector that had previously disappeared. Apple also eliminated the virtual Touch Bar and replaced it with full-size function keys.

The 14” model will start at $1,999 and the 16” will start at $2,499.  Fully configured, the 16” MacBook costs approximately $6,000.

Pwered by Apple’s upgraded microprocessors, the M1X and M1 Pro, both promise better performance than Apple’s not long-ago introduced M1 chip and use less power than the M1.

Apple’s new third-generation AirPods resist sweat and are water resistant and cost $179.  The new AirPods gain some features from the higher-end AirPods Max including Adaptive EQ which tunes sound in real-time based on how the AirPods fit in the user’s ear, spatial audio with dynamic head tracking, longer battery life, and a MagSafe-compatible charging case.

The new Apple Music Voice plan, which costs $4.99 per month, is intended to be accessed solely via Siri, Apple’s intelligent assistant.  Subscribers  will have access to Apple’s catalog of 90 million songs as well as Apple Music Radio.

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