Several new Apple products announced earlier this month are now available for sale and shipping at the Apple Store and several other retailers.
The new products include the new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, a revised Apple TV 4K, a completely redesigned iMac with a 24-inch display, and a radically redesigned Siri Remote that is compatible with older Apple products. TV devices.
While these devices can be ordered, some are in short supply, so not all of them will necessarily ship today.
The new iPad Pro looks similar on the outside, but offers significantly better performance on the inside than its predecessor.
That’s thanks to Apple’s new M1 chip, previously seen in new Macs. We found that the chip offers about 50 percent better CPU performance than the 2020 iPad Pro’s A12Z chip, which was already at the forefront of tablet hardware.
The iPad Pro comes in two sizes: 11-inch and 12.9-inch. The former doesn’t introduce many changes from older models other than the inclusion of the M1 and the addition of a 5G option, but the 12.9-inch iPad Pro uses a new display technology called Mini LED, which improves the contrast. and significantly improves black levels and color compared to last year’s iPad Pro.
The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799 and the 12.9-inch starts at $1,099. Stocks are relatively limited on that new screen, so the 12.9-inch iPad Pro shipments are currently being backed up for several weeks, even though Apple is taking orders today.
The 11-inch model ships in a week or two.
The new low-end iMac has a radically new look, with clean lines, sharp edges (the old curved design of the all-in-one is gone), and a bunch of bright new colors that will delight some would-be buyers and scare others. It also increases the screen size from 21.5 inches to just 24.
The star of the show, however, is the same M1 chip found in the iPad Pro. It should offer significantly better performance than users saw in the old 21.5-inch iMac.
The 24-inch iMac starts at $1,299, but the most decked out configuration costs $2,499. While Apple is taking orders today, demand seems to outstrip supply, so ship dates are somewhere between three and six weeks from now in the US, depending on setup.
We’re working on our 24-inch iMac review right now, so keep an eye out for that over the next few days.
Apple TV 4K
Apple first introduced the Apple TV 4K almost four years ago. When we reviewed it, we were happy with many of its features and praised the image quality, but we also felt it was expensive compared to competitors.
The new version announced earlier this month is a modest update in many ways; it won’t be a radically different device for watching TV and movies, and it’s still pricey.
For example, users who hoped for 120 Hz support for the Apple TV 4K were disappointed. “High framerate HDR,” as Apple calls the improvement in this model, simply means 60 frames per second when displaying content in HDR standards such as Dolby Vision.
Other than that, the new Apple TV 4K is significantly faster than its predecessor, which should make playing Apple Arcade games a much better experience. And for many people, the best part will be the new remote.
The Apple TV 4K costs $179 with 32GB of storage and $200 with 64GB. Apple’s online store is now taking orders and orders are currently shipping within one business day in the US.
There’s no question that the Siri Remote that came with the Apple TV until recently has been controversial. The touchpad made it easier to scroll through large lists of content than other remotes, but it also lacked precision for easy text entry, among other issues.
Apple redesigned the remote, combining the benefits of the touch features with what users loved about older Apple TV remotes.
As mentioned above, the most visible change in the recently revamped Apple TV 4K is the remote. The Siri Remote is included in the box with new orders of current Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD models, but also supports previously shipped Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K models, so you can purchase it separately if you prefer.
The remote is sold on its own and costs $59. While Apple is currently taking orders for the new remote, shipping dates are currently one to two weeks in the US online Apple Store.