Gadget lovers especially those big fans of Apple products have reasons to smile today.
Apple Inc on Monday launched two new MacBook Pro models powered by new in-house Apple Silicon chips as well as a new generation of its AirPods wireless earbuds.
Based on the data released by Apple, the new MacBook Pro laptops with 14-inch and 16-inch displays are powered by the new chips.
The company said the models eliminated the “Touch Bar” that Apple’s fans had groused about and restored several connectors – including the company’s “MagSafe” power connector – that had disappeared in recent years, angering some of the company’s users.
Apple revealed the 14-inch model will start at $1,999 and the 16-inch model will start at $2,499.
Apple added that both computers will start shipping next week.
The leading gadget company said the two new high-powered chips are called the M1 Pro and the M1 Max.
They said the chips are meant to have better performance than the company’s previous M1 chips but do so while using less power than rival chips from firms like Intel Corp and Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
Johny Srouji, Apple’s chip chief, explained the M1 Max chip uses up to 100 watts less power than other high-end laptop chips, which translates to better battery life.
“It’s the most powerful chip we’ve ever built,” Srouji said.
Aside from MacBooks, Apple also launched its new AirPods.
The Apple AirPods is a must-buy gadget since they are sweat- and water-resistant for use with workouts and will have some sound features previously found in the higher-end AirPods Pro.
The AirPods are priced at $179 and will start shipping next week.
Apple’s new AirPods are available to order online in the United States and more than 26 other countries and regions starting on Monday. The earphones will be available in stores beginning Oct. 26.