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Every year, Apple gives us another reason why we should upgrade our devices whether we need them or not. 2022 is no exception with Apple’s March 8 event. 

Apple went over a slew of tech they plan to release over the coming months being the predecessors of last year’s tech and devices. First is the new iPad Air, which is listed to be priced at $599 and will be on pre-order starting at 5:00 a.m. Pacific and 8 a.m. Eastern on March 11 and available everywhere starting March 18. 

Apple reports on some new features the iPad will have, including that “iPad Air lets you immerse yourself in whatever you’re reading, watching, or creating. The 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display features advanced technologies like True Tone, P3 wide color, and an anti-reflective coating.” It will also be “Supercharged by the Apple M1 chip, 12MP Ultra Wide front camera with Center Stage, Blazing-fast 5G, Works with Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard, and Five gorgeous colors.” iPads have always looked like something for people who want a bigger iPhone but don’t want a computer, so maybe these new features will entice you to finally make the leap.

Next, the iPhone SE and 13 are seeing some new features as well. The new SE will start at $429 for pre-order and worldwide availability will be released the same day as the iPad. Apple reports these will have “a chip that really zips, a leap in battery life, a fast 5G connection, a design that’s made to last, a superstar camera and a button you call Home.” 

As for the 13 Pro, Apple reports “a dramatically more powerful camera system,a display so responsive, every interaction feels new again, the world’s fastest smartphone chipexceptional durability and a huge leap in battery life.” 

A new “Alpine Green” color will be added as well that goes for the 13 as well, which releases on the same day as the rest of the devices. “Mac Studio is an entirely new Mac desktop. It packs outrageous performance, extensive connectivity and new capabilities into an unbelievably compact form, putting everything you need within easy reach and transforming any space into a studio. And it all starts with your choice of the ferociously fast M1 Max or the all-new M1 Ultra — the most powerful chip ever in a personal computer.” 

Studio display was also introduced at the event which is basically a monitor that will have a ‘’27-inch (diagonal) 5K retina display, 12MP ultra wide camera with 122° field of view, high-fidelity six-speaker system with force-canceling woofers, wide stereo sound, support for spatial audio when playing music or video with Dolby Atmos and an adjustable stand.’’ Who knows if Apple will introduce the newest iPhone in the line this year, but this should hold the people over for the time being and knowing Apple they still will have plenty more in the tuck for the 2022 year. New emojis were also announced coming in the IOS 15.4 update. The update was made available early last week. 

Isaiah Ireland is a first-year Media & Culture major.


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