AirPods 3, new MacBook Pro, HomePod Mini and others were presented at Applela presentation

AirPods 3, new MacBook Pro, HomePod Mini and others were presented at Applela presentation

Apple redesigned its entry-level AirPods — you can buy the new AirPods 3 today, complete with a free case engraving — to be a kind of in-between of earlier AirPods (still available) and the AirPods Pro. Gone are the Q-Tip looking stems, which now have AirPods Pro-like shortness and sensor controls. The design for your ear has a “contour” that Apple said will fit many ears, and it has smarts that can change how audio sounds based on what it believes your ear is hearing.

On Monday, Apple unveiled a new set of wireless earbuds with “spatial audio,” a revamped MacBook Pro, and more. Here’s what you might have missed. For its AirPods and MacBook Pro laptops, Apple wants to crank it up to 11. Apple revealed new third-generation AirPods, new M-series MacBook Pro computers, and a variety of new colours for its HomePod Mini during its October product event on Monday. Apple Music has also been reduced in price, with a $5 per month “Voice” subscription tailored to operate with Siri now available.

Highlights

  • The new devices follow last year’s M1-powered Macs, which were the first Apple lineup not powered by a chip made by Intel. Instead, Apple is using ones similar to the chips that power the iPhone, and so far has been getting positive reviews for them. Apple didn’t change last year’s popular $99 (£89, AU$149) HomePod Mini so much as it introduced colorful new design options. Much like it did with the redesigned M1 iMacs earlier this year, Apple introduced “bold” and “fun” colors to its lineup, offering a “pop of color and personality.” Those new hues — blue, yellow and orange — join space gray and white.

  • The new AirPods offer six hours of listening time and up to 30 hours total after four recharges from their carrying case, which comes with wireless charging for $179 (£169, AU$279). MacBook Pros (how to preorder them now) got their biggest upgrade in years. Apple announced its next generation of computers Monday, new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros powered by its new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, which Apple says are much faster and may go further to replace the “Pro” performance computers powered by Intel chips. Out is the Touch Bar, but returning are an HDMI port, an SD card slot and a MagSafe connector. The 14-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,999 (£1,899, AU$2,999); the 16-inch model at $2,499 (£2,399, AU$3,749).