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On this week’s episode of the AppleInsider Podcast, special guest Jason Aten joins us in reviewing everything Apple released in 2021, including the iPhone 13, M1 iPad Pro, 24-inch iMac, 14-inch MacBook Pro and more. .
While the first quarter of 2021 did not feature Apple hardware releases, users saw the skin unlock with the launch of Face ID, and app tracking transparency features hit iOS 14.5. Apple also discontinued the original iMac Pro and HomePod ahead of its first big event of the year.
Following these major hardware releases, Apple’s WWDC Keynote was held on June 7 with updates across the entire software line. iOS 15 announced improvements to FaceTime, SharePlay, focus modes, live text, and the controversial Safari redesign. iPadOS 15 saw Quick Note and on-screen widgets, Shortcuts were the standout feature coming to macOS Monterey, and iCloud + included new privacy-focused features. One of the most anticipated features of WWDC was Universal Control, which was delayed until 2022.
Over the summer, Apple quietly released the MagSafe battery pack to mixed reviews. We discuss our experience compared to Anker’s MagSafe option and dive into the widely publicized child safety features announced in August.
During its last event of the year on October 18, Apple released redesigned AirPods and the long-awaited 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. Our hosts pick their favorite product launches of 2021 and discuss what to look forward to in 2022.
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