Apple unveils new hardware at WWDC
Earlier this week, we unveiled some of Apple’s new software developments that were announced at this year’s annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference – before you carry on, make sure to check out the new apple software developments blog post first!
Although it isn’t traditional for Apple to announce the release of hardware during the WWDC, we have seen some new products added to the line this year. Let’s get started!
With the introduction of the new M2 chip, the new MacBook Air features an extremely thin design from every angle, whilst remaining durable and eco-friendly thanks to its recycled all-aluminium enclosure, with a 20% reduction in volume than the previous model. Apple have said that the new laptop will have “a beautiful Liquid Retina display, 1080p FaceTime HD camera, four-speaker sound system and up to 18 hours of battery life.”
Weighing just 1.24KG, and 1.13cm thin, the MacBook Air comes in four different finishes, including Midnight, Space Grey, Silver, and Starlight, each with its own matching MagSafe charging cable – a new feature that we haven’t seen used on the MacBook before and replacing the Thunderbolt charger that is usually included.
What is interesting about the new MacBook Air is that it is said to be silent. We are all familiar with the ‘taking off’ sound of an overused laptop, but Apple have said that “Thanks to the efficiency of the M2 chip, MacBook Air can deliver amazing performance without a fan — so it stays completely silent, no matter how intense the task.”
Check out the other MacBook Air features.
The all-new MacBook Pro has been designed with a lengthy 20 hours of battery life, 2 hours more than the Air, and an enhanced cooling system to be able to cope with high usage, pro-levels of performance and intense tasks. Apple have said, “Featuring a brilliant Retina display, a FaceTime HD camera and studio‑quality mics, it’s our most portable pro laptop.”
The MacBook Pro is known for its brilliant editing capabilities, and fans of Final Cut Pro will be intrigued to know that the M2 chip supports ProRes encode and decode, meaning you’re able to “play and edit up to 11 streams of 4K ProRes video and up to 2 streams of 8K ProRes video — including 4K ProRes video shot on iPhone 13 Pro, and convert projects to ProRes up to 3x faster than before.”
The MacBook Pro features a lot of the same upgrades as the Air, but the Pro is a great option for heavy-duty gamers, as playing graphics-intensive games is nearly 40% faster than the previous 13” generation.
Both the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro will be available from next month.
Check out the other MacBook Pro features.
Mixed reality headset
Unfortunately, we are yet to hear any more about the rumoured AR/VR headset from Apple. We can assume that the headset is still in the works, and Apple are not in the position to release a teaser quite yet.
The New York Times have mentioned that due to the production difficulties, the release is likely to be delayed until 2023.
If you have read our previous blog post as well as this one, you’re now fully up to date on this year’s software and hardware releases from Apple! We look forward to seeing the new additions in action in the near future.
Will you be purchasing any of the new Apple hardware?