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12:00 AM, April 30, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:54 PM, April 30, 2021

5 takeaways from Apple’s spring event

Apple Inc on Tuesday announced AirTags, its long-rumored device tracker, a new line of iMac computers and iPad tablets with its own processors and a podcast subscription service. Here are five key announcements from the event:

IMACS GET A SPLASH OF COLOR AGAIN

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Apple launched a new line of redesigned iMacs in seven new colors. The computers, which were known to have colorful translucent plastic bodies in the 2000s, have only been sold in silver aluminum variants in recent years.

The new redesigned slim iMac also comes with an in-house M1 chip as the technology giant moves away from its longtime partner Intel Corp for processors.

IPAD PRO FLAUNTS M1 CHIP, 5G CONNECTIVITY

Apple announced a new line of iPad Pros with M1 processor chip and 5G connectivity option. The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch tablets with higher-quality video will support Thunderbolt and USB 4 accessories. The new tablets start at $749 and will be available in the second half of May.

PAY FOR PODCASTS

The company also announced podcast subscription services that will compete with rival Spotify. Subscription prices will be set by creators and billed monthly.

Apple will charge creators $19.99 a year for its podcast program. Apple's Podcasters Program will be available to creators in more than 170 countries and regions, and content creators can enroll in the program on Tuesday.

TRACK BELONGINGS

Apple launched the long-rumored AirTags to help users track and locate everything from keys, bags and jackets. The small inconspicuous circular tracking device is water and dust-resistant, with a built-in speaker.

This accessory will cost $29 for one or $99 for a pack of four. It will be available from April 30.

 

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