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Apple event – live: AirPods 3, new MacBook Pro, Apple Music voice discount and more products unveiled

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Apple has unveiled a host of new products at its “Unleashed” virtual event on Monday.

The star of the show is an updated MacBook Pro, which will include a new M1 Pro or M1 Max chip. New AirPods with spatial audio have also been unveiled.

The new MacBooks will come alongside the updated MacBook Air, Pro, Mac Mini and iMac that were released with Apple’s M1 chip – the first “Apple Silicon” processor designed by Apple itself rather than Intel.

Apple describes the new M1 chips as the first truly professional version of that chip, bringing yet more performance for more demanding users.

The outside also received a redesign, with an even thinner screen than its predecessor. The MacBook Pro comes in two sizes (14” and 16”) and comes with additional ports for users.

A live stream of the event can be found at the top of this page.

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Everything Apple announced today

19:27 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Here’s a round-up of everything Apple announced at its ‘Unleashed’ event today:

Apple releases M1 Pro and M1 Max chips

Apple launches redesigned MacBook Pro

New Apple AirPods 3 unveiled

Apple Music announces new Voice Plan

Apple MacOS Monterey release date announced

Tim Cook says thank you and good bye

18:54 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Apple boss Tim Cook is back on screen to say farewell.

We’re not quite finished here though - stick with us and we’ll have a full round up of everything announced today.

Apple MacBook Pro made from recycled materials

18:51 , Anthony Cuthbertson

The new MacBook Pro models meet Apple’s environmental standards, thanks in part to a shell made from 100 per cent recycled aluminium.

These are its green credentials:

 (Apple)
(Apple)

MacBook Pro ‘reimagined in every way'

18:43 , Anthony Cuthbertson

More details about the new MacBook Pro can be found courtesy of our tech editor Andrew Griffin right here.

Ports added to new MacBook Pro

18:36 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Apple is breaking with precedent by actually adding ports to its new MacBook Pro.

It will feature:

• 3 Thunderbolt 4 ports

• HDMI port

• MagSafe 3 port

• Headphone port

• SD card port

Brand new MacBook Pro

18:34 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Here it is, the brand new, “completely redesigned” MacBook Pro.

It comes in two sizes, a 14” model and a 16” model. Apple calls it “a pro notebook that simply has no rival”.

 (Apple)
(Apple)

More details about Apple’s new M1 Pro and M1 Max

18:28 , Anthony Cuthbertson

You can read more about the new chips right here.

Apple just announced the ‘M1 Pro’ and ‘M1 Max’

M1 Pro not the only Apple chip announced

18:26 , Anthony Cuthbertson

On top of announcing the M1 Pro, Apple has also unveiled the M1 Max.

This chip brings “remarkable performance” compared to the chips of PC counterparts.

Here’s the key specs for the M1 Max:

 (Apple)
(Apple)

Apple announces M1 Pro chip

18:22 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Next up is the Apple M1 Pro chip, which takes Apple Silicon “to a whole new level”.

Here’s the key specs:

 (Apple)
(Apple)

Read more about Apple’s AirPods 3

18:19 , Anthony Cuthbertson

You can read more about the new AirPods line up here.

Apple announces ‘AirPods 3’

The all new AirPods line up

18:18 , Anthony Cuthbertson

This is how the new Apple AirPods line up will look, and how much they’ll cost.

 (Apple)
(Apple)

Apple AirPods to go 3D

18:15 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Some news about AirPods, which Tim Cook claims are now the most popular headphones in the world.

AirPods will now support spatial audio to “create something truly multi-dimensional”, offering “a whole new way to experience music”.

It works with AirPods Pro And AirPods Max.

 (Apple)
(Apple)

More about Apple Music Voice Plan

18:14 , Anthony Cuthbertson

You can read more about Apple’s new Voice Plan for its Music streaming service here.

18:08 , Anthony Cuthbertson

First up is former Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, who appears to have fully swallowed the iPill by transitioning from Apple Music host to product unveiler. He introduces a new Voice Plan for Apple Music, which will be available across 16 countries.

 (Apple)
(Apple)

18:03 , Anthony Cuthbertson

After an intense build-up that felt like flying at warp speed through space, a much more sedate opening video is here to launch the event.

It’s a man in a garage making music from sounds made by Apple devices and software. Mac startup sound, iPod wheel scrolling, all providing a soundtrack building up to... Tim Cook.

“We’re focussing on two important areas: Music and the Mac,” he says

“Apple has forever changed the way people listen to and create music.”

Apple Unleashed event live stream is here!

17:59 , Anthony Cuthbertson

With just a minute to go, the live stream for the Apple Unleashed event is here.

You can find it at the top of this page.

Apple event comes amid global chip shortage

17:48 , Anthony Cuthbertson

Previous Apple events suggest that most products announced at today’s event will likely be made available to pre-order immediately and ship before the end of next week.

This pattern could be complicated, however, by a global component shortage and logistics issues that have already impacted the roll out of the iPhone 13, which was unveiled last month.

Apple has been forced to slash production of its latest iPhone due to a lack of chips, with reports suggesting that the tech giant may end up selling 10 million units less than anticipated. You can find out more about it here:

Apple to slash iPhone 13 production amid global chip shortage

Apple AirPods that can take your temperature?

17:39 , Anthony Cuthbertson

One of the rumours ahead of today’s Apple event involved a major upgrade for the AirPods headphones.

According to a report in the The Wall Street Journal last week, Apple is looking at ways to make next-generation AirPods read your body temperature, improve your hearing and even help fix your posture.

It’s not clear if or when such an upgrade might come, though the report warns that the new features aren’t expected to come until some point next year.

You can read more about the latest AirPod rumours right here.

Sign up to the IndyTech newsletter

17:14 , Anthony Cuthbertson

With less than an hour to go until show time, we thought we’d take the chance to give a quick plug for our IndyTech newsletter. It comes out on Tuesdays, so you’ll be able to read all the analysis from today’s event tomorrow, together with all the latest tech news.

You can sign up to the free weekly newsletter by clicking right here and scroll down to the tech icon.

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Intel will ‘never give up’ pushing chips to Apple

17:03 , Anthony Cuthbertson

After Apple ditched Intel chips and switched to its own in-house hardware for its Mac computers, the CEO of the processor giant has said he hasn’t given up on supplying Tim Cook’s company in the future.

“What I have to do is create a better chip than they can do themselves. I would hope to win back this piece of their business, as well as many other pieces of business, over time,” Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said in a new episode of Axios on HBO.

“In the meantime, I got to make sure that our products are better than theirs, that my ecosystem is more open and vibrant than theirs, and we create more compelling reason for developers and users to land on Intel-based products. So, I’m going to fight hard to win Tim’s business in this area.”

Thicker bodies and raised feet? Apple expert guesses what new MacBook Pro might look like

16:11 , Andrew Griffin

John Gruber, an Apple pundit, has given his guesses for how the new MacBook Pros (or is that MacBooks Pro?) might look:

Tim Cook says 'good morning’

15:56 , Andrew Griffin

As is traditional, Tim Cook has wished everyone a good morning ahead of the event. (It’s an early morning, too; it’s not yet 7am in California.)

Late rumours suggest MacBook Pro overhaul

15:33 , Andrew Griffin

There’s only a few hours left to go before the event. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t time for some late rumours.

The latest suggests that the new MacBook could be getting a notch, similar to the one found in the iPhone.

You can read our wrap of the news here.

14:06 , Andrew Griffin

Here’s everything you need to know about when today’s event is happening, and how you can watch it.

Apple Store goes offline

12:26 , Andrew Griffin

The Apple Store has gone down ahead of today’s event.

Visiting instead just shows a message indicating that it will be back with new updates:

 (Apple)
(Apple)

That confirms that something is actually coming, since Apple only takes down the store when new products are expected. But that’s hardly surprising.

These days, it’s not clear whether Apple actually needs to take the store down or does it for the sense of occasion. But given it won’t be back for about eight hours, the cost of taking it down must be fairly significant.

Hello and welcome...

10:01 , Andrew Griffin

... to The Independent’s live coverage of Apple’s “Unleashed” event.

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