Apple Peek Performance Event Review

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On Mar. 8, Apple’s Peek Performance event went live and announced a plethora of advanced company products and features.

The new tech consisted of improved versions of Apple’s handheld devices, a new desktop computer, a companion monitor, and more. A new line of Apple chips, the M1, is also now in production. Featuring the M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra, these chips offer 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB RAM respectively. This line will be used in the upcoming Mac Studio desktop.

The Mac Studio is a product aimed at professional artists and those with a passion for creation. The specifications of the device are similar to that of the Mac Mini. The PC consists of at least four thunderbolt ports and a SD card slot that will use either the new M1 Max (pricing the computer at $1,999) or M1 Ultra ($3,999). 

“I’d probably get the Mac Studio with the M1 Max chip, [M1] ultra is overkill,” Instructional Facilitator of Technology, Christopher Archie said when asked his preferences on the new products.

The new companion monitor is a 27-inch 5K display that will act as a companion to the Mac Studio. The screen can achieve up to 600 nits of brightness, has Protocol 3 wide color, and is equipped with the recent TrueTone feature included in newer iPhones. Stationed above the screen is a 12-megapixel ultra wide camera. The monitor is currently on sale for $1,599.

Of the handheld tech discussed, an improved iPhone SE model was built with a 5G Radio and A15 CPU, the same CPU used in the iPhone 13. An improved version of iPad Air is now upgraded with an eight-core M1 chip, 12MP front facing camera, and 5G coverage (only cellular models). The phone is currently on sale for $429, the tablet at $599 (base) or $749 (cellular). 

They aren’t really meant for me, more aimed at professionals in the arts.”

— Christopher Archie

A few side notes mentioned provided info on a green colorway for iPhone 13 models, IOS 15.4, and the premier of Friday Night Baseball on Apple TV (with a constant live stream providing news, replays, highlights, etc. in the US and Canada).

“They aren’t really meant for me, more aimed at professionals in the arts, it’s fun to know, but nothing I would use.”

The March event, though small, offered a huge glimpse into the future of Apple.