Apple has announced the third generation of its wireless AirPods, the latest generation of the company’s hugely popular true wireless earbuds, featuring spatial sound. The company also launched the MacBook Pro with 14 and 16 inches.
Priced at $179, the third-generation AirPods are available for pre-order today and go on sale next week on October 26.
And with a new design that blends aspects of previous AirPods and AirPods Pro, third-generation AirPods retain tough plastic with a one-size-fits-most ear.
But the look is undergoing a major change for the first time since 2016, with the new earbuds having much shorter stems than before. The headphones are also now water and sweat resistant with an IPX4 rating for both the earbuds and the charging case.
Battery life is extended to 6 hours of continuous listening and up to four hours of talk time. Five minutes of charging provides about an hour of battery life.
And with the case, you get a total of 30 hours of listening time. It features a force sensor for easy control of music and phone calls. AirPods are now also part of the MagSafe wireless charging ecosystem.
The new third-generation AirPods feature a redesigned custom driver and Adaptive EQ that automatically adjusts and optimizes audio output by combining the power of the H1 chip with the company’s engineered audio system.
The inboard microphone for audio, and then Adaptive EQ, powered by arithmetic audio, adjusts the low and mid frequencies to account for what might be lost due to differences in fit.
The company is focusing heavily on spatial audio and blends Dolby Atmos music with its new AirPods. It supports the same dynamic head tracking capabilities as AirPods Pro and AirPods Max.
The original AirPods were released in 2016 followed by the second generation that added wireless charging and other modest improvements. AirPods Pro arrived in 2019 with a traditional in-ear fit with silicone ear tips.
And last year, Apple expanded its AirPods line to cover over-ear headphones for the first time with the launch of AirPods Max, priced at $549.
And there was a lot of pressure for the latest AirPods to maintain the massive popularity of previous generations. The earbuds are popular due to their ease of use and seamless integration with the company’s system of devices, including the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV.
But Apple faces tough competition, especially at lower price points. Aside from the latest alternatives from Samsung, Sony, Amazon, Jabra, and others, newcomers like Nothing have sought to differentiate themselves in terms of design and value with prices starting at around $99.
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The third generation of AirPods builds on the audio quality that AirPods are known for, starting with a custom driver and high dynamic range amplifier that together produce powerful sound with crisp, high frequencies.
The microphone is covered with an acoustic grille to help reduce wind noise, so the speaker’s voice is clearly visible in calls.
AirPods also feature AAC-ELD, a superior speech codec that delivers Full HD audio quality, providing clear, natural communication for FaceTime calls.
Using advanced spatial sound algorithms, and by applying directional audio filters to tune the frequencies each ear receives, the new AirPods can position sound throughout the user.
Audio Sharing allows listeners to share audio streams between two sets of AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max, while using their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple TV.
A new skin-detection sensor accurately marks whether AirPods are in the ear and pauses playback when removed.
To help with voice clarity, beamforming microphones block out ambient noise and focus on the user’s voice. While users can also enjoy a hands-free experience just by saying Hey Siri for requests.
Apple also announced the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, promising to update both design and performance. The new models are available in silver and space gray next week, with a starting price of $ 2,499.
The new 16-inch MacBook Pro is configurable with the M1 Pro and M1 Max, the company’s new 10-core processors with 8 high-performance cores and 2 high-efficiency cores.
The M1 Max has twice the M1 Pro GPU cores (32 for the M1 Max to 16 for the M1 Pro) and double the memory bandwidth, plus 64GB of unified memory (the M1 Pro has 32GB).
The chassis also received a recent redesign. The device weighs 2.1 kilograms, has a thickness of 16.8 millimeters, and a screen of 16.2 inches.
The Touch Bar has been replaced with physical switches, and there’s an HDMI port on the right side as well as a Thunderbolt 4 port and SD slot, with a headphone jack and two Thunderbolt 4 ports on the left.
The company also redesigned the MacBook Pro, which now includes a 14-inch screen, the company’s new M1 Pro and Max chipset, a bump, and a wide range of ports in addition to the standard Thunderbolt ports.
The price starts from $ 1999, and it can be ordered Monday. It brings back the HDMI port and SD card reader, and adds a MagSafe 3 connector for charging (though you can also charge it using the Thunderbolt ports).
The device has a 14.2-inch ProMotion MiniLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz, which is branded by Liquid Retina Pro XDR.
The device has thinner bezels than the previous generation. It also includes a notch that includes the 1080p webcam but without the FaceID feature.
In terms of resolution, the 14-inch model works with a resolution of 3024 x 1964 pixels. It can run at 1,000 lumens of sustained brightness and 1,600 lumens of peak brightness.
And you can configure your new 14-inch MacBook Pro with the new M1 Pro or M1 Max chipset. And both have 10 CPU cores.
The M1 Pro can have 14 or 16 GPU cores, while the M1 Max has 24 and 32 GPU cores.
The new MacBook Pro comes with 16GB of RAM. You can upgrade to 32GB with the M1 Pro, or 64GB with the M1 Max.
The Thunderbolt ports are now Thunderbolt 4, an upgrade from the Thunderbolt 3 ports on previous models.
new operating system
Apple revealed during its Unleashed event that the next version of its operating system, macOS Monterey, will begin rolling out as an update on Monday, October 25.
The new operating system includes several improvements for FaceTime, including support for spatial audio.
It also offers other exciting features such as the ability to use SharePlay to listen to music and watch videos with your friends.
One of the biggest changes is Universal Control. It allows users to easily switch between their Mac and iPad.
The feature also enables seamless file transfer between multiple devices and typing via the iPad from the MacBook keyboard.