Apple Event (March 8) Highlights: All the Announcements From 'Peek Performance' Event

Apple's March 8 event had a little bit of everything, from a new 5G iPhone SE to a brand new M1-powered iPad Air, and the M1 Ultra SoC.

Highlights
  • Apple event is titled Peek Performance
  • We can expect new iPhone SE and new iPad Air models
  • Apple silicon refreshes for the Mac lineup also expected

That's all for our Apple March 8 event coverage folks, thanks for tuning in! Check out all our detailed coverage here: iPhone SE (2022) Launch iPad Air 5th Gen Launch Mac Studio, Studio Display Launch

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Finally, the Studio Display will be priced at Rs. 1,59,900 in India with standard glass and Rs. 1,89,900 for the nano-texture glass option. It comes with a tilt-adjustable stand or VESA mount adapter, but if you want a height+tilt adjustable stand, you’ll have to spend Rs. 40,000 more. You can order it now, and shipments will begin in 2-3 weeks.

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As for the Mac Studio, it is priced starting Rs. 1,89,900 in India, for the Apple M1 Max SoC variant that comes with 32GB of unified memory and 512GB SSD storage. The Apple M1 Ultra SoC variant is priced starting at Rs. 3,89,900, featuring 64GB of unified memory and a 1TB SSD. You can pre-order it now, and it will go on sale starting March 18. Deliveries for pre-orders start March 19.

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The fifth-generation iPad Air is available in Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + Cellular models, with the Wi-Fi only models priced starting at Rs. 54,900 for the 64GB storage variant and going up to Rs. 68,900 for the 256GB storage variant. On the other hand, the Wi-Fi + Cellular models start at Rs. 68,900 for the 64GB storage variant, going up to Rs. 82,900 for the 256GB variant. It will go up for pre-orders starting 6:30pm IST on March 11, and go on sale from March 18.

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iPhone SE (2022) price in India starts from Rs. 43,900 for the 64GB storage variant, going up to Rs. 48,900 for the 128GB variant, and Rs. 58,900 for the 256GB variant. It will go up for pre-orders starting 6:30pm IST on March 11, and go on sale from March 18.

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Apple has wrapped up its live stream for the March 8 event. Stay tuned for India prices of all the products announced!

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The Mac Studio starts at $1,999 (roughly Rs. 1,53,700) for the M1 Max + 32GB RAM variant, and goes up to a starting price of $3,999 (roughly Rs. 3,07,600) for the M1 Ultra + 64GB RAM variant. The Studio Display will be priced starting $1,599 (roughly Rs. 1,23,000), with tilt and height adjustable stand, and nano-texture glass options. Both are available to pre-order from today, and will be available from March 18.

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Apple has unveiled the Studio Display, which features 27-inch 5K Retina display panel, powered by an Apple A13 SoC inside. The Studio Display offers a peak brightness of 600 nits, and offers TrueTone colour gamut. It has a 12-megapixel ultra wide-angle webcam, and its speakers support the company's spatial audio tech. There are three USB Type-C ports, and a Thunderbolt 4 port that can also deliver up to 96W of power. New black colour Magic keyboard, trackpad, and mouse accessories were also shown.

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The Mac Studio at the back features four Thunderbolt 4 ports, a 10 Gigabit Ethernet port, 2 USB Type-A ports, an HDMI port, as well as a headphone jack. On the front, the M1 Ultra variant features two Thunderbolt 4 ports, while M1 Pro variants feature two USB Type-C ports on the front. There is an SDXC card slot also on board, apart from Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 connectivity.

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Apple at its March 8 also unveiled a brand new Mac machine - the Mac Studio. Featuring a compact PC form factor, it is bigger than the Mac mini, and is geared to be a high performance desktop. It measures 7.7 inches square at the base, and 3.7 inches in height.

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The Apple M1 Ultra features a 20-core CPU, with 16 high performance cores and 4 efficiency cores. There is a 64-core GPU also onboard the die. The M1 Ultra is said to be 8 times faster than the original Apple M1 SoC.

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Apple has unveiled M1 Ultra SoC, its latest flagship processor that's built using two M1 Max processors

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The fifth-gen iPad Air price starts at $599 (roughly Rs. 46,000), and will be available in 64GB and 256GB inbuilt storage variants, as well as Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi+Cellular variants. Pre-orders start from Friday, with sales starting March 18.

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The new iPad Air is compatible with the second-gen Apple Pencil

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Apple has unveiled the fifth-generation iPad Air, featuring the M1 chip. A new purple colour variant was also revealed

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The new iPhone SE will be priced starting at $429 (roughly Rs. 33,000), and will go on pre-order this Friday, before going on sale on March 18.

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Apple has unveiled the new iPhone SE, featuring the Apple A15 Bionic SoC from the iPhone 13 lineup, and 5G connectivity.

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Apple has unveiled the Green colour variant for the iPhone 13, and Alpine Green for iPhone 13 Pro

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CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple TV+ will show Friday Night Baseball for Major League Baseball, with two games every Friday night.

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Apple has kicked off its March 8 launch event, with Tim Cook starting off detailing Apple TV+, and showcasing a few upcoming Apple Original Films.

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Stay tuned for live updates from Apple's 'Peek Performance' event, starting from 10am PST (11:30pm IST).

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Apple's March 8 event, titled Peek Performance, is kicking off at 10am PST (11:30pm IST), and you can get all the latest updates from the launch event right here. The Cupertino-headquartered company is expected to unveil a brand new iPhone SE model, which should be the most affordable 5G smartphone from Apple. Alongside, the fifth-generation iPad Air is expected to launch, apart from new Apple silicon chips for various Mac machines, and a Mac Studio machine with an all-new form factor. We've also embedded Apple's event livestream above, so you have a choice of watching the event live or following our updates.

Recent leaks have also indicated that Apple may unveil new green colour variants for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, while the new iPad Air is said arrive in a brand new purple colour variant.

Back to the third-generation iPhone SE model, rumours tip the smartphone may be branded as the iPhone SE (2022), iPhone SE+ 5G, or the 5G iPhone SE. While the design is expected to be similar to the last generation, it is expected to get the new Apple A15 Bionic SoC, 5G connectivity, and a better rear camera setup. It's said to be priced starting $300 (roughly Rs. 23,000).

As for the new iPad Air that's expected to be launched at Apple's event today, we can expect the company to make a similar proposition as the new iPhone SE, which is to maintain the same design as the previous generation (iPhone SE (2020)), but include 5G connectivity, the recent A15 Bionic SoC, and upgrade the camera - though this time, the selfie camera is the one getting an upgrade. It is said to be priced starting $599 (roughly Rs. 46,000).

Apple at today's event may also launch new MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac Pro, and Mac mini models with various Apple silicon chips, including the anticipated new Apple M2 SoC, a super-powered M1 Max SoC, apart from offering new configurations with M1 Pro and M1 Max SoCs. A brand new Mac Studio machine, with a bigger form factor than the Mac mini, as well as a new 27-inch 7K resolution display, are also expected.

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  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Powerful SoC
  • IP67 rating, wireless charging
  • Slim and light
  • Regular software updates
  • Bad
  • Small, low-res display
  • Gets warm when stressed
  • Average low-light camera performance
  • Expensive
Display 4.70-inch
Processor Apple A15 Bionic
Front Camera 7-megapixel
Rear Camera 12-megapixel
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
OS iOS 15
Resolution 750x1334 pixels
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