Apple has released the updated version of the iPad Air along with the Apple Mac Studio and Studio Display during the Peek Performance event!


The iPad Air pretty much retains an identical design. At least Apple doesn’t call it all new this time.

During the Peek Performance event, Apple has released three “new” products. Well, “new” because they’re just slightly updated versions of already-existing devices. On the bright side, at least Apple doesn’t mindfuck you into buying a last-gen handset and call it new, like what Xiaomi is doing with their products.

You could also read about the iPhone SE, which we covered on a separate article

iPad Air 2022

The new iPad Air has a 10.9in. Liquid Retina (AMOLED) display and is built on an Aluminium chassis. The screen has a 2K resolution (2360×1640). The processor used for this iPad is identical to the iPad Pro, that being the M1 chip which has unsurprisingly top-notch performance both in productivity and gaming. The chip is an octa-core chip split into two. There are four performance cores and four efficiency cores. In addition to that is the octa-core GPU with a 16-core neural engine. This is complemented by 8GB RAM and either 64 or 256GB internal storage.

There is a single 12mp f/1.8 camera at the back. Unlike Android tablets, this camera can be potentially capable of rivaling smartphone cameras, even pixel-binned ones. Like the iPhone SE, it has Focus Pixels which is a fancy way of saying autofocus. At the front is a similar 12mp f/2.4 “FaceTime” camera for high-res video calls. Oh, this camera is also ultrawide so that you can fit a group into a singular frame. It has a field of view of 122 degrees.

It has 5G Connectivity, Sub Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, and USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 which finally Apple gave in, so you could use any USB-C charger and it would probably work for the iPad Air. It has stereo speakers and dual-mic.

There is a 26.6Whr battery inside with up to 9h battery life with 5G enabled. Apple did not state whether it has any sort of fast or wireless charging.

The tablet comes ship with iPadOS 15, a modified version of iOS exclusively for iPads. It is available in five colours: Space Grey, Pink, Purple, Blue, and Starlight. It will be available for purchase officially on 18th March.

Regardless of what connectivity you buy whether Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi LTE, the prices will be the same. It all lies down to the storage. The 64GB variant is priced at Php35,990 while the higher 256GB variant starts at Php44,990. Apple also lets you engrave on the device for free but why would you do that? The iPad will have a significantly less value compared to a clean textless back.

SPECS:

  • 10.9in. 2K (2560x1640px) Liquid Retina, P3 wide colour support
  • Apple M1, octa-core
  • CAMERAS:
    • 12mp (main), f/1.8, Focus Pixels, Auto Image Stabilization
    • FRONT: 12mp, f/2.2, 122┬░ FOV, Cinematic Video Stabilization, Center Stage
  • 26.6Whr battery
  • 5G services, stereo speakers, Apple Pencil Support, USB-C, Magnetic Keyboard attachment
  • Space Grey, Pink, Purple, Blue, and Starlight
  • PRICE:
    • 8/64: Php 35,990
    • 8/256: Php 44,990

Source: Apple

Mac Studio

The new Mac Studio has quite a kidney-destroying price. Not surprising since this is Apple we’re talking about, and people who buy them are usually rich kiddos.

Its main feature is the M1 chip that Apple has designed to be perfectly flexible on both their tablets and PCs. Remember when Intel supplied chipsets to phones? That alas is now just a memory. The M1 chip supplied here is the Ultra variant for maximum performance output

The Mac Studio is called by the company as the most powerful desktop they have released yet and it’s all within a lunchbox-sized package. The entire computer is made of a 7.7in. aluminium body in length and 3.3in. in height. It also is engineered for smooth airflow.

Going back to the M1 Ultra, it’s a 5nm chip with 20 CPU cores and 64 GPU cores. It is a chipset fused with the UltraFusion technology which combines two M1 Max chipsets. It has a 32-core neural engine with 32 TOPS

The 20-core CPU is divided into 16 performance cores and four efficiency cores and is designed to consume less power (by 100W) in comparison to competing chipsets. The chipset has a unified RAM of up to 128GB along with up to 8TB HDD with speeds of up to 7.4GB/s

There are ports at the back which include the four Thunderbolt 4.0 ports, an Ethernet port, two USB-A ports, a single HDMI port, and finally, a 3.5mm jack that phones have continued hunting down to extinction. At the front of the Mac are two USB-C with Thunderbolt 4.0 and a MicroSDXC slot.

There is also a Max version with a slightly lower price tag.

Mac Studio Display

Aside from the system unit itself, Apple has also released a monitor to complement the Mac Studio. Enter the Mac Studio Display!

The display itself stands at a 27in. 5K resolution Retina display with 1 billion colours and true tone for world-accurate colour reproduction. It has three USB-C ports as well as dedicated studio-quality mics and six speakers with spatial audio. The speakers consist of 4 woofers and 2 tweeters. There is also a monitor stand which definitely is not sold for cheap even though it’s probably made in a Chinese sweatshop with less than $10 salary. There’s also a VESA mount sold separately, obviously.

At the back consists of 3 USB-C ports and also, the monitor has several accessories which are also sold separately. One of the USB-C ports has Thunderbolt 4.0 charging which Apple said can deliver up to 96W of power delivery. The display also has a built-in front camera that is used for video calls and not intended for taking selfies. It has a surprisingly high resolution of 12mp. The camera is supported by the A13 Bionic so that it can process the center stage and ultrawide features, as well as other camera-related processing.

There are two variants of the monitor. One with standard glass that’s more affordable, and another with the so-called nano-texture glass that offers a much more premium experience.

PRICES:

  • Mac Studio 32/512 (M1 Max version): Php 117,990
  • Mac Studio 64/1TB (M1 Ultra version): Php 237,990
  • Studio Display Standard Glass – Php 94,990
  • Studio Display Nano-texture glass- Php 112,990
  • Tilt-and-height adjustable stand- Php 24,000 (yep, just for a stand)

These two are now available in Apple’s website, where we also got the prices from.

Source: Apple Studio Display, Apple Mac Studio