Everything Apple announced at its 2021 MacBook Pro event


The moment many a Mac power user has been waiting for has finally arrived: Apple today announced its new ARM-powered 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros, including an all-new design and superpowered versions of Apple’s M1 chip, dubbed M1 Pro and M1 Max. There were a few other announcements too; here’s what you need to know.

Apple Music Voice Plan

Apple today announced the Apple Music Voice plan, which is basically a $5 discount to try to get people to actually use Siri. For $4.99 a month, users can access Apple Music’s entire catalog of music, podcasts, playlists, and stations — including unlimited skips. The caveat is… you have to ask Siri to play the music.

Voice Plan aside, Apple says it’s adding a bunch of playlists curated to for different moods; you can say stuff like “play something chill” or “play the dinner party playlist.”

The Apple Music Voice Plan will be available later this fall in 17 countries. Naturally, it’s only available for devices that support Siri.

The HomePod Mini gets new colors

The HomePod Mini now comes in orange, yellow, and blue. That’s nice.

The new colors are available in November for the same price of $99.

AirPods 3

It finally happened: Apple announced the oft-rumored AirPods 3. The new design looks a lot more like the AirPods Pro, and offers many of the same features. Spatial Audio and Adaptive EQ are both onboard, allowing for an immersive experience that’s better tuned for your ear. However, there’s no noise canceling, and the headphones don’t use silicone tips to provide a seal (which some people prefer).

The new AirPods also offer 6 hours of listening per charge, with a total of 30 hours when you include the case. You can also get an hour of use with a 5-minute charge, and wireless charging is now included in the case.

The AirPods 3 are up to pre-order today for $179, and will be available next week.

M1 Pro and M1 Max

We got not one, but two new chips from Apple today. Rather than the long-rumored ‘M1X,’ we got ‘M1 Pro’ and ‘M1 Max,’ and they are essentially increasingly larger versions of M1. As expected, they appear to be ridiculously powerful while maintaining excellent efficiency.

Apple made a big show of how powerful these new chips are, comparing it to the M1 — which is already one of the most powerful notebook chips available.