Apple unleashed its latest collection of accessories, devices and services in their October virtual Unleashed event with the mandatory Plus, Max and Pro naming inclusion.


  • It was an audio filled presentation with the release of an Apple Music Voice Plan, new colours for the HomePod mini and new AirPods.
  • Apple revealed M1 Pro and M1 Max, the next breakthrough chips for the Mac.
  • A new MacBook Pro is also hitting our shelves.
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As a number of tech journalists dissect and present the October 2021 releases by Apple, bound to land on South African shelves ahead of Christmas, The Sandton Times has listed the latest tech from the US tech giant and ranked it from alright to awesome.


4. Apple Music Voice Plan
The Apple Music Voice Plan, a new subscription tier for Apple Music designed around the power of Siri, offers subscribers access to the service’s catalogue of 90 million songs; tens of thousands of playlists, including hundreds of brand new mood and activity playlists, personalized mixes, and genre stations; as well as the award-winning Apple Music Radio — all for just $4.99 per month.


Once subscribed to the Apple Music Voice Plan, users can request music be played across all of their Siri-enabled devices, including HomePod mini, AirPods, iPhone, or any other Apple device, and when using CarPlay.


Apple Music is also adding hundreds of new mood and activity playlists created by Apple Music’s editorial experts that are fully optimized just for voice.


The Apple Music Voice Plan will not be available in South Africa quite yet.


3. New Colours for HomePod Mini

HomePod mini will be available in these new colours, including the tinted touch surface, mesh fabric, volume icons, and woven power cable. Image: Apple

Apple introduced HomePod mini in three bold new colors — yellow, orange, and blue. HomePod mini is essentially a Bluetooth speaker but offers a little bit more than just a great music-listening experience. It has the intelligence of Siri integrated along with smart home capabilities, privacy and security built-in, and seamlessly integrates across Apple’s products and services.


Placing two HomePod mini speakers in the same room creates a stereo pair for an even more immersive experience when listening to music.


2. 3rd Generation AirPods

One-touch setup automatically pairs AirPods with other Apple devices. Image: Apple

Firstly, thank goodness those silicone ear tips are gone! The new AirPods with spatial audio (a three-dimensional theatre-like experience) and industry-leading sound, longer battery life (up to six hours of listening time) introduce an all-new design that takes these earpieces back to their original glory.


By combining the power of the H1 chip with an Apple-designed acoustic system, the new AirPods use computational audio to deliver breakthrough sound with Adaptive EQ. The new AirPods are resistant to sweat and water and feature a force sensor for easy and intuitive control of music and phone calls.


With a one-touch setup that automatically pairs AirPods with other Apple devices, users can effortlessly enjoy music throughout the day. Audio Sharing allows listeners to share the audio stream between two sets of AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max, while using iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV.


1. New Apple MacBook Pro

MagSafe returns to MacBook Pro with MagSafe 3, featuring an updated design that can deliver more power to the system. Image: Apple

A completely reimagined MacBook Pro powered by the all-new M1 Pro and M1 Max — the first pro chips designed for the Mac – is on its way, being both super-advanced and going back to some fundamental basics.


Gone is the touch bar, replaced with good old fashioned keys, along with a beautiful Liquid Retina XDR display, a wide range of ports for advanced connectivity, a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, and what Apple claims to be ‘the best audio system’ in a notebook, available in both 14- and 16-inch.


South African availability and pricing for the newest tech from Apple will become available over the coming weeks.


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