The Apple Spring Special Event has officially been and gone. Always an exciting affair, it didn’t fail to impress Apple enthusiasts.
A focus on services
As expected, the event was very much service-orientated. There was the announcement of the streaming video service, AppleTV+. This will feature original content with big star names like Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey called out. The Apple News+ subscription was another anticipated release, though they did surprise us with the announcement of an Apple branded credit card.
Hardware took a back seat at the Special Event, with no new tools of this type revealed. However, the last couple of weeks have seen some exciting updates to Apple’s hardware.
Relaunched iPad Air
One of the most exciting releases was the brand-new iPad Air. Boasting a 10.5-inch display, it also has an A12 chip which allows for 70% more speed. The iPad mini also saw a much-needed relaunch – for the first time in three and a half years. This has an A12 chip too, along with Apple’s Neural Engine and a 7.9-inch screen.
In addition, new AirPods are now in circulation, offering 50% more talk time, quicker connection speeds and the Siri functionality.
We were expecting revisions to the standard iPad, but we didn’t foresee an updated iMac. Whilst there weren’t any changes to its design, the usability of this device will be transformed with new processors. There’s a new 6-core processor if you opt for the 21.5-inch iMac, or you have the option of an 8-core one if you select a Mac with a 27-inch display. The latter also allows you to choose 6 or 8-core processors from either the eighth or ninth generation of Intel’s Coffee Lake range.
Depending on which processor you choose, you can expect faster memory, along with 80% better graphics performance due to the new Radeon Pro Vega GPUs the refreshed iMacs hold.
It wasn’t just new hardware and services that have occurred recently in the Mac world. Apple have also reduced some of their prices. The MacBook Air, Pro and Mac mini can now be enhanced with 1.5TB storage at a lower cost. And the iMac Pro can now be specified with up to 256GB RAM. We warn you now it’s not cheap, as it is the almost the same cost as the standard machine.
Whilst these will help with getting the best from the Mac, there is still the significant upfront cost of Apple devices. Thankfully, there is the option to spread these fees via leasing, and Lease Loop will soon have the updated devices in stock.
Along with helping to maintain cashflow, the cost of leasing is tax deductible and ensures you don’t have to exhaust other lines of credits. With Lease Loop, you’ll have AppleCare to support you, and you will also benefit from our incredibly simple set-up process.