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Editorial Office: New Products Week; iPad Air 5, Mac Studio, iPhone SE, etc.

Editorial Office: New Products Week; iPad Air 5, Mac Studio, iPhone SE, etc.

Source: Luke Filipowicz / ComoHow

There are very few days more exciting at ComoHow, and for Apple fans everywhere, than the day a new product launches. Last Friday, March 18, the official launch of all the products announced by Apple at its event earlier this month took place. This means that a new iPhone SE, the iPad Air 5, the new Mac, the Mac Studio, and a new monitor called the Studio Display have all been officially released into the wild.

Naturally, the last few weeks have been all about the new products, but now that they’re finally here, there’s been a ton of buzz, so let’s get to it!

Table of Contents:

iPhone SE 3 (2022)

For anyone who doesn’t like paying $800-$1,000 for an iPhone or anyone who likes small iPhones with Touch ID, the iPhone SE 3 is here to make you happy.

Like the iPhone Se before it, it features the same old design you know and love (or hate), but this time Apple’s new A-series chip powers the device. The A15 Bionic is the exact same chip that powers the current iPhone 13 lineup, so you know the iPhone SE has the brains and brawn to handle all your iPhone tasks with ease.

It also included 5G support, but only for Sub-6 and not mmWave, meaning it can’t take advantage of the best 5G networks but will still be faster than 4G LTE connections.

I don’t want to spoil the iPhone SE 3 too much, because our very own Christine will have a review of the device this week. So keep an eye on ComoHow to see if you think the new SE is worth the new $429 price.

ipad air 5

The iPad Air finally got the update we’ve been waiting for. In fact, I had the opportunity to see it again, I love it.

The M1 chip provides all the power and performance you’d expect from an iPad; it may even be a bit exaggerated. Still, all GPU-intensive tasks like heavy photo editing, music production, or even 3D animation can be tackled on the iPad Air 5. Nothing I threw at it was too much to handle, and it kept me going. movement throughout iPadOS 15. . so soft.

The front camera is now a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera featuring center stage, which is a very noticeable improvement over the previous model. The picture is sharp and I’ve loved Center Stage since it was first introduced, so I’m glad to see the iPad Air 5 finally has a front-facing camera that doesn’t suck.

While I highly suggest reading my full iPad Air 5 review, here’s the gist.

The iPad Air 5 has the almighty trifecta every tech user wants; Power, performance and reasonable price. It’s hard not to recommend the iPad Air 5 as the best iPad for most people, especially if you want to keep it for several years. The M1 packs so much power that it will likely keep your workflow going at a steady pace for years to come, making it a great tablet for anyone looking to upgrade from an older model.

However, while the M1 is impressive and makes the iPad Air 5 look very similar to the iPad Pro, there are still only features on the iPad Pro. Whether it’s the Thunderbolt port that allows for faster data transfer speeds, the display ProMotion that makes the screen much smoother and improves visuals, better speaker array that sounds louder than Air or just more storage options, there are some things iPad Air doesn’t offer.

Mac Studio and Studio Screen

Apple surprised us at this year’s spring event when it came to the Mac section of the presentation, as they announced a new computer. Things got even more interesting. Apple announced that Mac Studio would be the first Mac to use the new M1 Ultra chip, the fastest and most powerful chip in the M1 series to date.

As Mac Studio reviews progressed, we saw a lot of positive feedback online, although some reviewers were very concerned about the safe box. There seems to be no way to open it yourself, which means you may not be able to get inside to clean the fan inside. Apple isn’t exactly known for making its Macs easy to repair, but keeping the M1 Ultra cool is a must for maximum performance.

It seems like a misstep on Apple’s part, but maybe with the AppleCare+ service, cleaning your Mac often isn’t a big deal.

Perhaps more shocking were the reactions to Studio Display, which appear to be mixed.

Many reviewers mention that the lack of a 120Hz refresh rate is a bit strange, but some reviewers failed to mention that 5K displays at 120Hz are simply not possible with current technology. If you were expecting a 120Hz display from Apple, you’d be disappointed, but Apple displays are super sharp and crisp, and 60Hz is a reasonable refresh rate for many uses.

The biggest bug is the included webcam, which I’ve seen in reviews of pictures and video looks pretty bad. Apple said there was a software bug that seemed to be causing a problem, and considering the monitor itself has an A13 chip to drive the camera and other things, it’s entirely possible that’s true. Hopefully a software update will be released sooner rather than later so we can see what kind of a difference it makes.

More information as we go deeper

As always, we at ComoHow are working hard to test these products and discover even more about the new devices. With more reviews coming this week and possible new developer betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, and Apple Watch on the way, I’m sure there will be plenty of exciting news to discuss for quite some time!

I had a good time!

– Luke

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