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Apple October event 2021 Highlights: MacBook Pro starts at Rs 1,94,900 for 14-inch version

Apple October Event Highlights: Apple's 'Unleashed' event saw the launch of the new MacBook Pro series, AirPods 3 and more colourful options for the HomePod mini.

Written by Shruti Dhapola | New Delhi |
Updated: October 19, 2021 9:26:15 am
Apple Event, Apple's Unleashed Event, Apple's Unleashed Event live streamingApple October 2021 event: Apple MacBook Pro is officially here, with a brighter display and a notch.

Apple Unleashed October Event Highlights: Apple October 2021 ‘Unleashed event’ is now over. The event was streamed live on the company’s official website and its YouTube channel from the Cupertino headquarters. The highlight of the event was the new MacBook Pro in 14-inch and 16-inch variants powered by the new M1 Pro and M1 Pro Max chipset.

As expected, the new MacBook Pro series has a new design, though the display has a notch as well. They are powered by the M1 Pro and M1 Max chipset. Both chipsets have a 10-core CPU and 16-core (Pro) and 32-core GPU (Max). Apple has added HDMI, SD card ports back to the MacBook Pro along with MagSafe charging, which should keep the Pros happy.

Apple also showcased the new AirPods 3 with a redesign, which is similar to the AirPods Pro. They are sweat and water-resistant. Apple AirPods also come with Spatial audio. They also come with adaptive EQ as well, which was earlier seen on Apple AirPods Pro as well. The AirPods 3 start at Rs 18,500 in India and will be available for pre-order from today.

New colour options for HomePod mini were also showcased at the event. The price for the new HomePod mini remains Rs 9,900.

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Apple October 'Unleashed' event 2021: New MacBook Pro, M1 Pro and M1 Max chipset, AirPods 3 price, specifications, features

00:43 (IST)19 Oct 2021
Here’s everything Apple announced at its big October 2021 event

Apple announced a number of new products today, from an Apple Music Voice Plan to two new MacBook Pro variants. Check out all the new products launched here.

00:20 (IST)19 Oct 2021
As Apple launches more M1 silicon, Intel’s chips are certainly down

With Apple unveiling its two new chipsets which are more powerful than ever, what does this mean for Intel? Read more here.

23:42 (IST)18 Oct 2021
Apple MacBook Pro India prices

It looks like the India prices are official. The new MacBook Pro models with M1 Pro and M1 Max are available to order today on the official Apple India online store. They will be in stores from October 26. The new 14-inch MacBook Pro model starts at Rs 1,94,900, and Rs1,75,410 for students. The 16-inch MacBook Pro model starts at Rs 2,39,900, and Rs 2,15,910 for students. Also note that macOS Monterey will be available as a free software update on Monday, October 25.

Customers can trade in their current computer and get credit toward a new MacBook Pro as well.

23:25 (IST)18 Oct 2021
HomePod prices

The new HomePod mini will be available in yellow, orange, and blue, in addition to white and space grey, for Rs 9900 from the official Apple Store and authorised resellers. It will go on sale in November in the new colour options. 

23:21 (IST)18 Oct 2021
Apple event is over, but...

So that's it from Apple for tonight. We are still waiting to know the India prices of the MacBook Pros. 

23:20 (IST)18 Oct 2021
Apple MacBook Pro: Orders open today

The new MacBook Pros go on pre-order today. The 16-inch version starts at $2499. They will go on sale next week. 

23:16 (IST)18 Oct 2021
Battery life on the new Apple MacBook Pro

Apple says the new MacBook Pro now supports fast charge. It charges up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes. The 14-inch version has 17 hours of video playback. The 16-inch version has 21 hours of video playback. 

23:11 (IST)18 Oct 2021
Apple MacBook Pro camera and audio

The web camera is 1080p (finally) and has a wider lens. It also relies on computational technology to ensure better video performance. Up to 60 percent lower noise on the microphones. Larger woofers on the newer Macs to ensure a deeper bass. A six-speaker sound system is there on both the 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro. 

23:09 (IST)18 Oct 2021
Apple MacBook Pro: Mini-LED, HDR display

The new MacBook Pro does come with a Mini-LED display and this is an HDR display. 

23:07 (IST)18 Oct 2021
Yes, the MacBook Pro has a notch. ProMotion in display

Yes, the new Apple MacBook Pro does have a notch. The leaks were correct it seems. The display is brighter. It also supports ProMotion technology with up to 120 Hz refresh rates. 

23:05 (IST)18 Oct 2021
Apple MacBook Pro 2021: Thinner, lighter and more efficient with more ports.

Apple MacBook Pro is here in 14-inch and 16-inch versions. The Touch bar is gone. The Function keys are back. A lot more ports are here. HDMI, Thunderbolt 4 (three in total), SD card slot and a headphone jack is here. MagSafe charging is back. 

22:59 (IST)18 Oct 2021
Apple AirPods 3 Price in India announced

AirPods (3rd generation) will be available for Rs 18,500 and are available to order from apple.com/in/store. They will go on sale from October 26. The AirPods (2nd generation) will be available at the new price of Rs 12,900.  The AirPods Pro now come with MagSafe Charging Case for the same price of Rs 24,900. 

Apple AirPods 3

22:58 (IST)18 Oct 2021
Apple M1 Pro and Max chipset

Apple says the new chipsets are well ahead of the competition. Even Apple made by the company will run natively on M1 Pro and M1 Max. There's Rosetta 2 as well to ensure that Intel-based apps run on the new M1 Pro and M1 Max silicon. LogiXPro will now support Spatial Audio on a notebook as well. Over 10,000 universal apps available, says Apple. 

22:52 (IST)18 Oct 2021
Two new chipsets are being showcased

As expected, Apple is launching two versions of the new chipsets. The second is the M1 Max, it has double the memory bandwidth. This one has 57 billion transistors. It is the largest chip that Apple has ever built by far. This one has a 32-core GPU, and it has 4X faster GPU performance compared to the M1. Apple claims both the M1 Pro and M1 Max have much better power performance as well compared to the earlier M1 and the PC chips as well. 

22:50 (IST)18 Oct 2021
M1 Pro processor

M1 Pro processor has 10 cores, 5nm design and 33.7 billion transistors. It comes with eight high-performance cores and two efficiency cores. It comes with 16 cores for the GPU. That means the graphics performance is 2X of the original M1 processor. It builts on the M1 architecture says Apple. 

22:47 (IST)18 Oct 2021
Time for MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro is here with a new M1 Pro chipset. Let's see what the M1 Pro offers. 

22:45 (IST)18 Oct 2021
Apple AirPods with Spatial Audio

The new AirPods are here and they look exactly like the AirPods Pro. They are sweat and water-resistant. The battery life is 6 hours, and they come with MagSafe and wireless charging. They come with Spatial Audio and adaptive EQ as well. The price is $179. Pre-orders open today, and the new AirPods will be available next week. 

22:40 (IST)18 Oct 2021
Apple HomePod mini in new colours

The HomePod mini is now coming in new colours: Yellow, Orange and Blue. Which one do you think looks the best? 

22:36 (IST)18 Oct 2021
Apple Music and Siri: New Voice plan

Siri will now have custom playlists available for all Apple Music subscribers. These are custom playlists. Apple is also adding a new Voice plan for Apple Music starting at $4.99 where users can access Siri to listen to the entire Apple Music catalog. 

22:32 (IST)18 Oct 2021
Apple CEO Tim Cook on stage

Tim Cook is now on stage. Focusing on Music and Mac, he says. 

Apple's new MacBook Pros come in two new sizes: 14-inch and 16-inch. The Touch Bar is gone from the new MacBook Pros. Apple has gone for a major redesign for the new laptops, which have a miniLED display now and a notch on the front as well. The new MacBook Pro 14 is powered by the M1 Pro processor, while the 16-inch variant will get the M1 Max chipset. The latter chipset has an option of max 32 GPU cores and up to 64GB unified memory.

MagSafe charging has also returned to the new MacBook Pros. Apple has also brought back an SD card, HDMI port in addition to the Thunderbolt ports. Apple also showcased new AirPods (3rd gen) with a design similar to the AirPods Pro. The AirPods now come with spatial audio support as well.

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