Apple launched a host of new products at its Spring Loaded event on Tuesday, April 20. These include new iPad Pro models and a 24-inch iMac with Apple’s M1 SoC, a new color option for iPhone 12 and 12 mini, new Apple TV . 4K streaming device, AirTag tracker, and Apple Podcasts subscription. Apple also announced iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, macOS 11.3, watchOS 7.4, and tvOS 14.5 during the event which will be released next week. Here is a summary of India’s pricing of all the products launched at Apple’s biggest event of the year so far.
New iPad Pro models were launched at the Spring Loaded event in 11-inch and 12.9-inch models powered by Apple M1 SoC. The starting price of the 11-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi model with 128GB storage is listed to be Rs. 71,900 and the Wi-Fi + Cellular model starts at Rs. 85,900 for the same store.
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi model with 128GB storage has a starting price of Rs. 99,900, while the Wi-Fi + Cellular model will sell for Rs 1,13,900 with the same storage capacity. Both iPad models are going to be pre-ordered from April 30 and will be available in the “second half of May”.
The same pre-order dates and availability apply to the latest 24-inch iMac that also comes with Apple M1 SoC and has been launched in seven color options. It is priced starting at Rs. 1,19,900.
IPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are getting a brand new Purple color option which will be available for pre-orders from April 23. The price of iPhone 12 in India starts at Rs. 79,900 for the 64GB storage variant and the iPhone 12 mini is priced in India starting at Rs. 69,900 for the new Purple color variant as well as all other color variants. The new color option for both models will be available from April 30.
The Apple TV 4K powered by the A12 Bionic chip is listed on Apple’s website for Rs. 18,900 for the 32GB storage variant and Rs. 20,900 for the 64GB storage variant. It can be ordered from April 30 and will be available in the second half of May
Apple has finally launched the AirTag tracker which will be available for pre-order from April 23 and will go on sale on April 30. The AirTag is priced at Rs. 3,190 for a single piece and Rs. 10,900 for a four-pack.
Finally, Apple Podcasts are also undergoing a revamp. Apple Podcasts subscriptions will allow listeners to pay podcast creators a monthly subscription fee to access a range of benefits from non-advertised episodes, additional content, and early access to exclusive episodes or series. Creators will also be able to determine the pricing. Podcast creators can also offer free trials and sample episodes so listeners can decide if they think it’s worth a fee. But creators will need to sign up for the Apple Podcasters Program to access all the tools needed to offer premium subscriptions. It costs Rs. 1,799 per year.
Purple iPad Pro, iMac, iPhone 12 and 12 variant specifications
Key launches at the event included the M1 powered iPad Pro. It comes in two sizes – 11 inches and 12.9-inches. Both feature Liquid Retina displays but the 12.9-inch model gets an XDR mini-LED display with over 10,000 LEDs. Along with the Apple M1 SoC, both iPad Pro models include 8GB of RAM for the 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage variants and 16GB of RAM for 1TB and 2TB storage variants.
The 24-inch Apple M1 iMac has a brand new design. Like the original iMac, the new iMac M1 is offered in a variety of colors – Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, Red, Silver and Yellow. It features a 4.5 inch 24K Retina display (4,480×2,520 pixels) with Apple’s True Tone technology for color balance, P3 wide color gamut, 500 nits of peak brightness, and low reflectance cover.
The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini just got a new color variant at the event. Launched in October 2020, both iPhone models running on iOS 14, are powered by Apple’s A14 Bionic and include up to 256GB of RAM.
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