From tweaks to the Apple Card to all new iMacs and iPads, Apple crammed this one-hour event with the news. Don’t have time to sit down and click through every last announcement? We’ve slimmed it down to just the critical points for maximum immobility. Enjoy!
Apple kicked things off with a quick but critical mention outlining a shift in how Apple Card works. “Apple Card Family” will allow you to share your card with anyone in your family over the age of 13, with customizable spending limits for each added user. You’ll also now be able to “co-own” an Apple card with another adult, with both owners building up their credit equally.
Apple will launch a redesigned Podcast app, including an option for paid subscriptions (monthly or annual) to individual podcasts.
There is no new iPhone this time (those come later in the year, generally), but the existing iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini are getting a new color option: purple. They used a song from Willy Wonka to announce it, because… well, purple.
After literal years of rumors and leaks, Apple has at long last officially announced its accessory for tracking things like keys, wallets, and bags through the same “Find My” app you use to find your various Apple devices when you lose them on the couch. Called “AirTag” (curiously, not ‘AirTags’), Apple says they’ll cost $29 each or $99 for a four-pack and launch on April 30th. They’ll have user-replaceable batteries but, oddly, no built-in attachment loop; if you want to attach it to something like a keyring, you’ll need to add a case. Which, of course, they’ll be making and selling.
Next-gen Apple TV 4K
Apple announced a significant refresh to the Apple TV 4Kit, first launched back in 2017. Here’s the breakdown:
- Powered by Apple’s A12 Bionic chip
- You can use an iPhone to calibrate the picture. Start the calibration, point your iPhone’s camera at your display, and Apple TV 4K automatically optimize its output accordingly.
- They’ve redesigned the remote! They’ve moved away from the much-lamented touchpad slight, building this new remote around a five-way click pad complete with an iPod-esque scroll wheel. There’s a Siri button on the side if you feel like talking to your TV instead of pushing buttons. Word is (via WSJ’s Joanna Stern) they’ll also be selling this remote separately for $59.
- $179 for 32GB model or $199 for 64GB.