Wait, that's cool! Come check out the all-new purple iPhone 12, iPad Pro, and iMac with me
Hello, it's Ronn!
I know this news isn't exactly food-related but I think Apple's latest announcements on 20 April 2021 are pretty cool. I might just start doing lifestyle pieces once a week about things that are of interest to me. Ps. I still love writing about food.
To kick things off, Apple recently introduced a plethora of new products during a livestream and these are tech gadgets I can definitely get behind — especially the all-new iPhone 12. I'm currently using an iPhone 11 Pro Max for my photos and I'm constantly on the look out for something better.
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini
The iPhone 12 isn't new but I guess Apple's really out for our moolah with the introduction of the purple colour. On first glance, the phone definitely looks stunning! I think the elevated design's really cool — especially with the flat-edge design and aerospace-grade aluminium enclosure. Apple also says that the phones are now even more durable because of the inclusion of a high-temperature crystallisation method that grows nano-ceramic crystals within the glass matrix on the Ceramic Shield front cover. If that's the case, that'd be perfect for someone as clumsy as me because I'll be dropping my phone anywhere and any time.
Many of the features on the new purple colour are still similar — from water resistance up to six metres for up to 30 minutes to advanced dual-camera system and A14 Bionic chip to HDR video with Dolby Vision. Of course, there's 5G too. What's different is that both iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini in purple will come equipped with iOS 14.5. This includes "the ability to unlock iPhone with Apple Watch while wearing a face mask, an enhanced Apple Podcasts app with redesigned show and episode pages, and a Search tab, as well as new emoji."
I mean — that's as awesome as it gets. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini will be available for pre-order from 23 April 2021 (and availability beginning 30 April). The iPhone 12 mini starts from RM3,399 and the iPhone 12 begins from RM3,899.
This all-new 12.9-inch iPad Pro with 5G is described as "the most powerful and advanced iPad Pro ever." Now, let's take a deeper look. The iPad Pro is equipped with Liquid Retina XDR display — responsible for the front-of-screen performance of the Pro Display XDR. Perfect for those who prefer enhanced creative workflows, Apple says that the visual experience is as close to the real world as it gets. This includes the ability to view and edit true-to-life HDR content on a large display. I know a lot of my friends would love that!
The iPad Pro also now comes adorned with the M1 chip. This means it features the fastest CPU cores in the world in low-power silicon. According to Apple, users can expect two times faster storage, a high-bandwidth memory architecture of up to 16 Megabytes, an advanced image signal processor (ISP), and a next-generation 16-core Apple Neural Engine. Without being too technical, this just means that the all-new iPad Pro is just in a league of its own in terms of performance.
Other features I think are really cool include the 12 Megapixel Ultra Wide front camera designed specifically for iPad and Centre Stage. The latter is a new experience for video calls that utilises the larger field of view on the new front camera to keep users centred in the frame. With support for Thunderbolt and USB 4, the new iPad Pro is also described as the fastest and most versatile port ever on an iPad.
The new iPad Pro will be available for pre-order from 30 April 2021 (with availability from the second week of May). You will be able to get it in space grey and silver finishes — from RM3,499.
The 2021 iMac is probably one of the more popular launches from the 20 April announcement — at least from what I noticed on my Instagram Stories. It's easy to see why. The all-new iMac appears way more compact and thinner than its predecessors, comes in seven different colours, and is the first Mac designed around the M1 chip. If that isn't a massive ogle fest, I don't know what is.
Officially joining the M1 family, the all-new iMac is now said to be better than ever (especially combined with macOS Big Sur). The M1 chip is also responsible for the iMac's latest design. Compared to the previous generations of the iMac, the 2021 iMac's logic board and thermals are consolidated and reduced in size. You will notice that "the compact design reduces the volume of iMac by 50 percent."
Display also seems to take the cake. The all-new iMac is fitted with a 24-inch 4.5K Retina display with narrower borders and 11.3 million pixels as well as True Tone technology and an anti-reflective coating for increased comfort and readability. Imagine watching your favourite food shows on Netflix on the iMac. Now, wouldn't that be something?
In addition, the 2021 iMac also has a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, a studio-quality three-microphone array, and two pairs of force-cancelling woofers placed side by side. Moreover, you will find two Thunderbolt ports in every iMac — allowing superfast data transfers and high-performance options to connect to more devices.
The all-new iMac — available for pre-order from 30 April 2021 — will be available in green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, and silver from RM5,599.
What are your thoughts on Apple's latest introductions? I'm certainly considering getting my hands on the new iPhone 12 and am interested to see how it'll change the way I work — especially when it comes to mobile photography. If you have something you'd like to share about the gadgets, hit me up on Instagram.