Apple unveils AirTags, updated iPad Pros and iMacs, and more at virtual event
Apple has unveiled its new AirTag tracking devices alongside updates to the iMac and the iPad Pro.
AirTags are small devices designed to be attached to bags, keys or anything users want to keep track of.
Their whereabouts can then be tracked with the 'Find My' app using Bluetooth if nearby or an encrypted network made up of nearly a billion Apple devices.
Users can also place AirTag into Lost Mode and be notified when it is in range or has been located by the Find My network.
If a lost AirTag is found by someone, they can tap it using their iPhone or any NFC-capable device and be taken to a website that will display a contact phone number for the owner, if they have provided one.
The IP67 water- and dust-resistant devices also include a built-in speaker that plays sounds to help locate them and a removable cover that lets users replace the battery.
The AirTags concept was previously popularised by Tile, which launched similar Bluetooth devices, albeit without the Find My network, which makes it easier for users to locate them at a greater distance.
AirTags can be purchased in one and four packs for £29 and £99 respectively from Friday 30 April.
At its virtual event, Apple also introduced an all-new iMac design for the first time since 2012. While the all-in-one screen and computer has had its guts upgraded over the years, its exterior design has not changed.
The new iMac is just 11.5mm thick and powered by the M1 chip, Apple’s latest desktop processors that were debuted last year and use ARM’s system architecture much like smartphones.
The iMac also features a 24in 4.5K Retina display, a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, 'studio-quality' mics, and a six-speaker sound system.
Also, Touch ID comes to iMac for the first time, making it easier to securely log in, make purchases with Apple Pay, or switch user profiles.
The iPad Pro also received a refresh and adopted the M1 chip, replacing the A-series chips of previous models.
The new range comes in two sizes – an 11in and a 12.9in display, and is equipped with a new Liquid Retina XDR Display, which brings high-quality screen technology relied on by professional videographers to the iPad for the first time.
The event also revealed a new purple iPhone 12, a redesigned podcast app with a premium subscription model, and an upgraded Apple TV with a new remote.
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