The New Apple iMac, iPad Pro, AirTag and TV 4K (2021): Are They Worth Your Buck?

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Rework your budget for the month and keep your credit cards at the ready, for Apple has just announced that they will be launching a tonne of new drool-worthy gadgets. 

During its first product launch of the year on 20 April 2021, Apple announced that they will be launching a suite of new and exciting gadgets.

Here’s the best part – some of these devices will reach our sunny shores as early as 30 April 2021. 

So, what are the new Apple products, how much do they cost, when can you get them, and perhaps more importantly, are they worth your buck? Read on to find out! 

24″ iMac

Prices start from $1,849
Pre-orders start: 30 April 2021
Availability: Second half of May

Source: Apple

Colours, colours everywhere! 

Remember Apple’s legendary iMac G3 that everyone was vying for back in the late-90s to early-00s? Yes, we are referring to that colourful, transparent and egg-shaped desktop. 

It seems like Apple used that as its inspiration when designing the all-new 24” iMac, which will take over the 21.5” iMac (2019).

Visibly slicker, it is powered by Apple’s M1 chip (goodbye Intel) that promises up to 85% faster CPU (Central Processing Unit) performance and up to two times faster GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) performance, when compared to its predecessor.

It also features an impressive 4.5K Retina display with slimmer borders, upgraded camera, comes bundled with colour-matching accessories, and the list goes on. 

If your breath has not been taken away, wait till you see the options available and its price tag below.

Specifications24” iMac24” iMac24” iMac
Core8-Core CPU
7-Core GPU
8-Core CPU
8-Core GPU
8-Core CPU
8-Core GPU
ProcessorApple M1 ChipApple M1 ChipApple M1 Chip
Display4.5K Retina display4.5K Retina display4.5K Retina display
Storage256GB256GB512GB
RAM8GB8GB8GB
PortsTwo Thunderbolt / USB-C ports– Two Thunderbolt / USB-C ports
– Two USB 3 ports
– Two Thunderbolt / USB-C ports
– Two USB 3 ports
Gigabit EthernetNoYesYes
Camera1080p FaceTime HD camera1080p FaceTime HD camera1080p FaceTime HD camera
Accessories included*– Magic Keyboard
– Magic Mouse
– Power lead and power adapter
– USB-C to Lightning Cable
– Magic Keyboard with Touch ID
– Magic Mouse
– Power lead and power adapter
– USB-C to Lightning Cable
– Magic Keyboard with Touch ID
– Magic Mouse
– Power lead and power adapter
– USB-C to Lightning Cable
Colours Blue, green, pink and silverBlue, green, pink, silver, yellow, orange and purpleBlue, green, pink, silver, yellow, orange and purple
PriceFrom $1,849From $2,149From $2,449

*Colour-matched accessories. No, we really aren’t kidding, Apple’s gone all out for this one.

Source: Apple

Is the new 24” iMac worth your buck? 

Considering that its predecessor is 2.5” smaller and costs $1,598 for a standard model, we think that this is a pretty good desktop to consider.

This is especially so as the internal parts are given a massive upgrade, along with its exterior and accessories as well.


11″ and 12.9″ iPad Pro

Pre-orders start: 30 April 2021
Availability: Second half of May

Source: Apple

Not too heavy, not too big and yet powerful enough to get you from work to play without skipping a beat. 

Similar to the 24” iMac, the new iPad Pro is also powered by the M1 chip. According to Apple, it promises to provide 50% faster CPU performance when compared to the older A12Z Bionic chip (used in its predecessor), and up to 40% faster GPU performance.

This means that you should be able to edit a video, play Netflix in the background, and partake in some light online shopping simultaneously, without experiencing any lag.

Here’s a look at their upgraded technical specifications and their slightly flamboyant price tags.

Specifications11” iPad Pro12.9” iPad Pro
Dimensions247.6mm x 178.5mm x 5.9mm280.6mm x 214.9mm x 6.4mm
Core8-core CPU8-core GPU8-core CPU8-core GPU
ProcessorApple M1 chipApple M1 chip
Display11” Liquid Retina XDR display12.9” Liquid Retina XDR display
WeightWi-Fi only: 466gWi-Fi + cellular: 468gWi-Fi only: 682gWi-Fi + cellular: 684g
Storage128GB
256GB
512GB
1TB
2TB
128GB
256GB
512GB
1TB
2TB
RAM8GB (models with 128GB, 256GB or 512GB storage)

16GB (models with 1TB or 2TB storage)
8GB (models with 128GB, 256GB or 512GB storage)

16GB (models with 1TB or 2TB storage)
ConnectivityWi-Fi and Bluetooth

Wi-Fi, cellular and Bluetooth
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Wi-Fi, cellular and Bluetooth
CameraWide and Ultra Wide cameras

– Wide: 12MP, ƒ/1.8 aperture
– Ultra Wide: 10MP, ƒ/2.4 aperture and 125° field of view
Wide and Ultra Wide cameras

– Wide: 12MP, ƒ/1.8 aperture
– Ultra Wide: 10MP, ƒ/2.4 aperture and 125° field of view
SIM cardNano‑SIMNano‑SIM
Battery lifeWi-Fi only: Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi or watching video

Wi-Fi + cellular: Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using a mobile data network
Wi-Fi only: Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi or watching video

Wi-Fi + cellular: Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using a mobile data network
Accessories included– USB-C Charge Cable (1m)
– 20W USB-C Power Adapter
– USB-C Charge Cable (1m)
– 20W USB-C Power Adapter
Colours Silver and Space GreySilver and Space Grey
PriceFrom 1,199From $1,649

Is the new 11” and 12.9” iPad Pro worth your buck?

At the heart of it all, the iPad Pro is a tablet, so its prices might look a little steep given that it isn’t bundled with accessories such as a detachable keyboard, stylus or mouse.

Not to mention, this is the first time an iPad Pro is powered by the M1 chip, which means that there’s much left to be known about how well it actually works. 

However, if you were to compare it to a similar tablet-cum-laptop like the 12.3” Microsoft Surface 7 (prices start from $1,388), then maybe the new iPad Pro will start to feel a little more affordable—assuming you don’t go crazy overboard with technical upgrades.  

Then again, when did price really matter to Apple fanboys and girls?


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iMac vs iPad Pro: Which should you get?

There’s been some debate over which of these Apple devices should we spend our hard-earned money on.

After all, both devices are equipped with the M1 chip, which means you can use the same app across both the iMac and iPad Pro. They have comparatively similar performance, so it does make the decision harder.

The question is, do you prefer an all-in-one device that has the sheer display prowess of the iMac’s 24” screen? Or would you rather take the portable option with the iPad Pro and make some incremental additions to mirror it on a bigger screen with an Apple TV?

Another thing to consider is your budget – at first glance, there is a huge difference in the price points between the iMac and iPad Pro. However, before you make the call on that, have a look at the storage options, it might shock you to see that the iPad Pro could end up costing a tidy sum, and inch closer to the higher-end iMac.


AirTag

$45 for 1 AirTag, $149 for 4 AirTags
Pre-orders start: 8pm, 23 April 2021
Availability: 30 April 2021

Source: Apple

Always misplacing your items or have trouble remembering where you last left them? With AirTag, that might be a problem of the past.

A small, lightweight, water- and dust-resistant device, attach it or place it in valuable items that you constantly want to keep track of (e.g. wallet, bag, pet, etc.) or items that you frequently misplace (e.g. keys, jacket, etc.). 

Set up is easy, pair it with your iPhone via Bluetooth and once connected, you should see the location of all your paired AirTags in real time on the Find My app. And if you’re in the vicinity of your misplaced item but still can’t locate it, at the press of a button, AirTag’s in-built speaker will start playing sounds to help you locate it. 

AirTag also gives you directions, just like Google Maps. Using Precision Finding technology (compatible with iPhone 11 and 12 only), AirTag accurately determines the direction and distance you should head towards.

Is the AirTag worth your buck?

The AirTag works very similar to another Bluetooth-enabled tracking device known as Tile. Prices are about the same, with the biggest difference being the amount of design options Tile has to offer. You get to choose from a basic tracking device that resembles a small mosaic tile, to one that has an extended tracking range and even one fashioned as a sticker for easy attachment to bicycles, laptops or water bottles. 

Unless you are looking at the other fancy options, AirTag might be the way to go, since it pairs seamlessly with your iPhone and you already have the Find My app installed. 

We get that this might sound like a silly contraption to some, but we think that it is a great device for worriers, like myself. I’ll no longer have to worry about my valuables’ location. For example, I’ll know if the bicycle that I’ve left outside my house, and unused for the last two years, is still around. At least, until AirTag shows it moving after someone finally steals it.


Apple TV 4K 

Prices start from $269
Pre-orders start: 30 April 2021
Availability: Second half of May

Source: Apple

Watching TV just got a whole lot more fun, and clearer, with the new Apple TV 4K. 

Think of it as a streaming box, but one that also allows you access to a suite of lifestyle Apple apps that include Music, TV+ (similar to Netflix), Arcade and Fitness+. 

Thanks to its upgraded A12 Bionic chip, the Apple TV 4K now supports HDR (High Dynamic Range) and Dolby Vision videos, for a smoother and more seamless video-watching experience.

And when it comes to remote controls, this one’s pretty smart. 

The new Siri Remote features a clickpad that’s also touch-enabled, giving you some control over the television(so you don’t have to switch remote controls).

And of course, since it’s Siri-enabled, finding new shows to watch is as easy as just asking for it. 

Here’s a peek into Apple TV 4K’s technical specifications.

SpecificationsApple TV 4K
Dimensions35mm x 98mm x 98mm
Weight425g
Siri Remote dimensions136mm x 35mm x 9.25mm
Siri Remote weight63g
Storage32GB
64GB
Ports/connectivity– HDMI 2.14
– 802.11ax Wi‑Fi 6 with MIMO; simultaneous dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
– Gigabit Ethernet
– Bluetooth 5.0
– IR receiver- Power supply
ProcessorA12 Bionic chip
Accessories– Siri Remote- Power cable
– Lightning to USB Cable
– Documentation

Is the new Apple TV 4K worth your buck? 

As sleek and fancy it seems, $269 is a slightly steep price tag, especially when there are cheaper (and maybe better) alternatives around. 

Besides, don’t we all watch Netflix or shows on our laptops or tablets now? When was the last time you actually sat down and binge watched shows on an actual television set?


Considering an Apple gadget upgrade? Then you’ll want to charge it on the right card to earn points, miles and cashback, that can be used to offset your bills or exchanged for vouchers. Apply for one through SingSaver today and you stand to be rewarded with cash and prizes*! 

*Rewards may change at any time. Terms and conditions apply. 

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By Geralyne Ong
A lover of gin and all things Nigella Lawson, Geralyne’s a big believer of #Adulting. She spends her leisure time serving fur-babies and doing as many mountain climbers and kettlebell swings as she possibly can.