Apple’s long-awaited AirTags finally go on sale TODAY

Apple’s long-awaited tracking device, AirTag, finally goes on sale today (April 30). 

The £29 AirTag is a small, circular device with an Apple logo at the centre that tracks missing items through the ‘Find My’ app.

AirTag is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity to pair with an iPhone or iPad – and can be personalised with a very short message or an emoji. 

Similar to the popular Tile tag, AirTag can be attached to non-techy items like keys or wallets and provides notifications when you become separated from the item. 

The ‘Find My’ app provides step-by-step directions to locate the tag and the missing product to which it’s attached. 

Customers are able to buy the new AirTags online or in store, although you’ll need to make an appointment. 

The tag itself is a small, water and dust resistant disc that can be personalised with a custom message or an emoji, on its laser-etched stainless steel body

Apple has officially unveiled its long-awaited AirTag - a Tile-like device that tracks missing items through the 'Find My' app - at Spring Loaded on April 20

Apple has officially unveiled its long-awaited AirTag – a Tile-like device that tracks missing items through the ‘Find My’ app – at Spring Loaded on April 20

Find My lets people track the whereabouts of their Apple devices, such as iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and AirPods, in case they get lost – but AirTag extends this to other everyday, non-electronic items.  

AirTags only work with a new software update, iOS 14.5, which was released on Monday evening – and features a controversial privacy update. 

‘AirTag requires iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 14.5 or later, or iPad running iPadOS 14.5 or later,’ Apple says. 

Apple has also emphasised the new device – which was rumoured as far back as September 2019 – is not for tracking people.

It has added privacy features to ensure AirTags are not used for anything but to find inanimate objects. 

Apple revealed several new products at its live-streamed Spring Loaded event last week, on Tuesday April 20.

As well as AirTag, they included a purple iPhone 12, which is also available from today, and a line of computers inspired by its 1998 Mac line.

Here’s a rundown of everything Apple announced, other than AirTag.  

Purple iPhone 12

Apple wasn’t expected to reveal a new phone at Spring Loaded – making the announcement of a new purple iPhone 12 a pleasant surprise. 

The new shade of purple will be available for both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini.

‘The new purple finish, just in time for spring, adds another bright and fun option to the lineup, and we think customers are going to love it,’ said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini in purple will be in Apple Store locations and Apple Store online from today. 

The fetching new shade of purple will be available for both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini

The fetching new shade of purple will be available for both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini

Retro-inspired iMacs

Apple also announced a new range of colourful iMac computers, inspired by one of its most memorable products in its history – the iMac G3.

iMac G3 was the hugely successful series of Apple computers released in 1998, known for its vibrant, translucent range of colours and bulbous body. 

The new iMac range is available in seven different vibrant colours and includes a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, studio-quality mics and a six-speaker sound system. 

It’s also the first to come with Touch ID, making it easier to securely log in, make purchases with Apple Pay or switch user profiles – all of which can be done with the touch of a finger.

The new iMac is the latest addition to the family of Mac models powered by Apple’s M1, chip including MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini. 

The colourful new iMac computers are available for orders from today and should ship in the second half of May.

Image of the back of a the original Apple iMac G3 home computer from the 1990s with a 'Bondi Blue' finish

Image of the back of a the original Apple iMac G3 home computer from the 1990s with a ‘Bondi Blue’ finish

The new iMac is available in seven different vibrant colours and includes a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, studio-quality mics, and a six-speaker sound system

The new iMac is available in seven different vibrant colours and includes a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, studio-quality mics, and a six-speaker sound system

iPad Pro

Apple also announced a new iPad Pro that is said to be the most powerful and advanced yet.

The device is the first to include the tech giant’s in-house M1 chip, providing the iPad Pro with similar performance of its iMac desktop computer.

With the upgraded processor, Apple says the graphics performance is more than 1,500 times faster and boasts a battery life of up to 10 hours.

The iPad Pro features a new Liquid Retina XDR display, 5G capability and an all-new Ultra Wide front camera.

It’s available as an 11-inch from £749 and a 12.9-inch from £999 – orders open April 30 and shipping begins in the second half of May.

‘The revolutionary M1 chip has been a breakthrough for the Mac, and we’re incredibly excited to bring it to iPad Pro,’ said Joswiak. 

Apple announced a new iPad Pro during its ‘Spring Loaded’ event that is said to be the most powerful and advanced yet. This is the first to include the tech giant’s in-house M1 chip, providing the iPad Pro with similar performance of its Mac systems

Apple announced a new iPad Pro during its ‘Spring Loaded’ event that is said to be the most powerful and advanced yet. This is the first to include the tech giant’s in-house M1 chip, providing the iPad Pro with similar performance of its Mac systems

Apple TV 4K 

Lastly, Apple announced the next generation of Apple TV 4K with a new Siri Remote and a A12 Bionic chip for a boost in graphics.

‘Apple TV 4K is in a category of its own, leveraging a deep integration of Apple hardware, software, and services that delivers a massive upgrade to any TV for the very best cinematic experience,’ said Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. 

‘With the A12 Bionic and the all-new Siri Remote, Apple TV 4K lets customers enjoy their favourite shows, movies, and more in the highest quality, with simple and intuitive controls.’ 

iPad Pro and Apple TV 4K are also available to order from today and will be shipping second half of May. 

Some other Apple products rumoured to be unveiled on April 20 didn’t materialise, namely a third-generation Apple Pencil and third-generation AirPods – the wireless Bluetooth headphones that come with their own charging case. 

Both these products could be unveiled this autumn, along with a new flagship iPhone, expected to be called iPhone 13.     

iPHONE 13 RUMOURS 

NO NOTCH? 

Apple is considering ditching the black ‘notch’ at the top of the iPhone for its next flagship model, the iPhone 13, according to an online tipster. 

The rectangular black notch, which has featured on flagship iPhone models since 2017, conceals the phone’s front-facing camera components and sensors.   

Pictured, the iPhone 12 marking out the notch and the bezel. Zero bezel effectively means the device's screen blends seamlessly into the edges of the device. The notch's days may soon be numbered on the iPhone, according to Mauri QHD, an Apple tipster on Twitter

Pictured, the iPhone 12 marking out the notch and the bezel. Zero bezel effectively means the device’s screen blends seamlessly into the edges of the device. The notch’s days may soon be numbered on the iPhone, according to Mauri QHD, an Apple tipster on Twitter

But according to the tipster, who goes by the name Mauri QHD on Twitter, Apple has created an iPhone 13 prototype with no notch at all. 

The prototype instead puts these important components at the top of the bezel, the border between a screen and a phone’s frame. 

‘There’s a prototype with no notch at all, but – a bit – bigger bezels,’ Mauri QHD tweeted.   

All four sides of bezel on the prototype ‘are equally bigger’, he added, meaning the top part of the bezel won’t stick out further than the others. 

The sensor-housing notch was first introduced to the iPhone with 2017’s iPhone X – but was mercilessly lambasted by critics and fans alike as a terrible design flaw. 

Apple’s phone-making rival Samsung even mocked the notch in an ad for its Galaxy Note 8 smartphone at the time, featuring a man with a notch-shaped haircut. 

RETURN OF TOUCH ID

A report in January indicated that iPhone 13 would see the return of its Touch ID technology, in the form of an in-screen fingerprint reader.

This would help users unlock their smartphones without having to remove their face masks during the current pandemic. 

According to Bloomberg, instead of reintroducing a Home button, the Touch ID technology would be embedded within the new iPhone screen

According to Bloomberg, instead of reintroducing a Home button, the Touch ID technology would be embedded within the new iPhone screen 

Apple first introduced Touch ID in 2013 with the iPhone 5S, in the form of a fingerprint reader integrated into the iPhone’s home button.

However, Apple started to move away from this technology in 2017, with the introduction of Face ID in the iPhone X.

According to Bloomberg, instead of reintroducing a Home button, the Touch ID technology would be embedded within the iPhone 13 screen.   

Rather than being a replacement for Face ID, Touch ID would be an additional method of unlocking the iPhone, according to the report. 

CAMERA UPGRADES 

iPhone 13 models will feature an upgraded Ultra Wide camera lens with a wider ƒ/1.8 aperture, compared to ƒ/2.4 on iPhone 12 models, according to an investor note shared with MacRumors. 

The site said in February: ‘A wider aperture would allow for more light to pass through the lens.

‘The move from a ƒ/2.4 to ƒ/1.8 aperture [will] likely to result in significantly improved low-light performance when shooting in Ultra Wide mode on iPhone 13 models.’

David Hockney, 83, prepares to unveil mammoth 288-ft long Bayeux tapestry inspired picture in Paris

David Hockney, 83, says working has given him a ‘new lease of life’ as he prepares to unveil mammoth 288-ft long Bayeux tapestry inspired picture in Paris

  • The 83-year-old has been in Normandy, France, painting the arrival of spring 
  • Royal Academy of Arts show will capture season with 116 of Hockney iPad prints 
  • Painter told The Andrew Marr Show he was surrounded by different blossoms 

World-famous Yorkshire artist David Hockney says his recent work has given him a ‘new lease of life’.

The 83-year-old has been in Normandy, France, painting the arrival of spring.

A show at the Royal Academy of Arts in London will capture the season with 116 of Hockney’s iPad prints.

Hockney is also planning to show ‘one big, long picture like the Bayeux Tapestry, which is going to be 88 metres long’ depicting the whole year in Normandy, in a show in Paris. 

The painter told The Andrew Marr Show he was surrounded by ‘hawthorn blossom … apple blossom, pear blossom, plum blossom, cherry blossom (and) apricot blossom.’

The 83-year-old Yorkshire born artist has been in Normandy, France, painting the arrival of spring

David Hockney shows his Bayeux Tapestry style painting of the passage of the seasons in Normandy, France during an interview on the BBC Andrew Marr show

David Hockney shows his Bayeux Tapestry style painting of the passage of the seasons in Normandy, France during an interview on the BBC Andrew Marr show

The painter, previously known for his works depicting Californian life, said: 'We live in a little seven dwarfs' house in the middle of a four-acre field'

The painter, previously known for his works depicting Californian life, said: ‘We live in a little seven dwarfs’ house in the middle of a four-acre field’

A show at the Royal Academy of Arts in London will capture the season with 116 of Hockney's iPad prints

A show at the Royal Academy of Arts in London will capture the season with 116 of Hockney’s iPad prints

He told the BBC One show: ‘I’m working away now because I’m 83. How much longer do I have? I don’t know.

‘I’m still a smoker but working is very good for me. It gives me a new lease of life. I’ve got a new lease of life here.

‘I’m just going to go on working here… (there is) always something to do.’

The painter, previously known for his works depicting Californian life, added: ‘We live in a little seven dwarfs’ house in the middle of a four-acre field.

‘I think it’s a great place, a wonderful place for me now.

‘I’m pretty deaf. I don’t really like listening that much any more. I prefer just working, so it’s fine for me here, absolutely fine.’

Hockney also offered a tip for anyone feeling 'bored' and 'trapped' in lockdown

Hockney also offered a tip for anyone feeling ‘bored’ and ‘trapped’ in lockdown

Hockney is also planning to show 'one big, long picture like the Bayeux Tapestry, which is going to be 88 metres long' depicting the whole year in Normandy

Hockney is also planning to show ‘one big, long picture like the Bayeux Tapestry, which is going to be 88 metres long’ depicting the whole year in Normandy

Hockney also offered a tip for anyone feeling ‘bored’ and ‘trapped’ in lockdown.

‘If you’re bored because of the lockdown and you’re trapped in some small place, then if you look at the world and really look at it, it’s very beautiful,’ he said.

‘It’s a mad world really but it’s very beautiful to look at. Nature is always beautiful, it’s always harmonious.

‘But you’ve really got to look at it. You’ve got to look at it to see colour. You’ve really got to look at it intensely.

‘I would suggest that’s what you do. Just sit down and look at it or walk and look at it, and it’s very beautiful really.’ 

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Apple unveils new iPad Pro that features facial recognition and cameras with LiDAR sensor

Apple unveils new iPad Pro with M1 chip that features facial recognition and cameras with LiDAR laser sensor to capture ‘incredible details’ in low-light conditions

  • Apple announced a new iPad Pro available in 11-inch and 12-inch sizes
  • Both feature Apple’s in-house M1 chip, giving them capabilities of an iMac
  • The iPad Pro is equipped with facial recognition and upgraded cameras, as well as a LiDAR laser sensor 
  • The device also pairs with the Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil
  • The 11-inch starts at $799 and the 12-inch pricings starts at $1,099 

Apple announced a new iPad Pro during its ‘Spring Loaded’ event that is said to be the most powerful and advanced yet.

The device is the first to include the tech giant’s in-house M1 chip, providing the iPad Pro with similar performance of its iMac desktop computer.

With the upgraded processor, Apple says the graphics performance is over 1,500 times faster and boasts a battery life of up to 10 hours.

The iPad Pro features a new Liquid Retina XDR display, 5G capability and an all-new Ultra Wide front camera.

The new iPad Pro is available as an 11-inch and 12.9-inch, and starts at $799 – orders open April 30 and shipping begins in the second half of May.

Apple announced a new iPad Pro during its ‘Spring Loaded’ event that is said to be the most powerful and advanced yet. This is the first to include the tech giant’s in-house M1 chip, providing the iPad Pro with similar performance of its Mac systems

Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said: ‘The revolutionary M1 chip has been a breakthrough for the Mac, and we’re incredibly excited to bring it to iPad Pro.

‘With M1’s huge jump in performance, a groundbreaking extreme dynamic range experience on the 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR display, up to 2TB of high-speed storage, Thunderbolt expansion, a four-speaker audio system, pro cameras with LiDAR Scanner, blazing-fast 5G connectivity, an amazing video-calling experience with Center Stage — combined with the advanced features of iPadOS and a powerful pro app ecosystem all in a device users can hold in one hand — there’s nothing else like iPad Pro.’

The new iPad Pro includes a next-generation 16-core Apple Neural Engine, an advanced image signal processor (ISP) and a unified, high-bandwidth memory architecture with up to 16GB of memory.

‘Because M1 shares the same fundamental architecture of A-series chips, iPadOS is already optimized to take full advantage of the powerful technologies in M1 to easily handle everything from simple navigation to the most demanding workflows,’ Apple shared in a statement.

The new iPad Pro is available as an 11-inch and 12.9-inch, and starts at $799 – orders open April 30 and shipping begins in the second half of May

The new iPad Pro is available as an 11-inch and 12.9-inch, and starts at $799 – orders open April 30 and shipping begins in the second half of May

The tech giant has also upgraded the camera system with LiDAR Scanner that rapidly focuses on images and videos to capture crisp details ‘from almost no light at all'

The tech giant has also upgraded the camera system with LiDAR Scanner that rapidly focuses on images and videos to capture crisp details ‘from almost no light at all’

The tech giant has also upgraded the camera system with LiDAR Scanner that rapidly focuses on images and videos to capture crisp details ‘from almost no light at all.’

And unlike previous iPads, this on includes a TrueDepth camera system that lets users unlock the device with facial recognition.

It also includes Thunderbolt that supports 10Gbps Ethernet, allowing for faster external storage and higher resolution external displays. 

The iPad Pro also supports the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard Folio, as well as the Magic Keyboard – all of which are available in white

The iPad Pro also supports the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard Folio, as well as the Magic Keyboard – all of which are available in white

The iPad Pro also supports the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard Folio, as well as the Magic Keyboard – all of which are available in white. 

Apple has committed to an eco-friendly model, which means the new iPad Pro is made with 100 percent recycled aluminum and 100 percent recycled rare earth elements in the magnets of the speakers and enclosure.

The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available in silver and space gray finishes, with the smaller device costing $799 and the other starts at $1,099.

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Apple unveils long-awaited AirTags to help users find missing items with ‘Find My’ app

Apple has officially unveiled its long-awaited AirTags – a Tile-like devices that tracks missing items through the ‘Find My’ app.

Similar to the already popular Tile, AirTags can be attached to keys, a wallet or other products and provides notifications when you become separated from the item.

It is a small, circular device with an Apple logo at the center, and is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity to pair with an iPhone or iPad.

Using the ‘Find My’ app, the system provides step-by-step directions to locate the tag and the missing product.

However, Apple emphasized the new device is not for tracking people and has added privacy features to ensure the new AirTags are not used for anything but to find inanimate objects.

Apple has officially unveiled its long-awaited AirTags – a Tile-like devices that tracks missing items through the ‘Find My’ app

AirTags were unveiled during Apple’s ‘Spring Loaded’ event, which is held each year in April.

However, this year’s event was presented virtually, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

Rumors of Apple’s AirTags first surfaced in September 2019, when MacRumors released screenshots it found of a new ‘Items’ tab in the ‘Find My’ app.

But it took another 18 months before the existence of the clever gadgets were finally confirmed by the tech giant.  

It is a small, circular device with an Apple logo at the center, and is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity to pair with an iPhone or iPad. Using the 'Find My' app, the system provides step-by-step directions to locate the tag and the missing product.

It is a small, circular device with an Apple logo at the center, and is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity to pair with an iPhone or iPad. Using the ‘Find My’ app, the system provides step-by-step directions to locate the tag and the missing product.

The tag itself is a small,  water and dust resistant disc that can be personalized with a custom message or an emoji, on its laser-etched stainless steel body

The tag itself is a small,  water and dust resistant disc that can be personalized with a custom message or an emoji, on its laser-etched stainless steel body

Users can also assign AirTag to an item and name it with a default like 'Keys' or 'Jacket,' or provide a custom name of their choosing

Once AirTag is set up, it will appear in the new Items tab in the Find My app, where users can view the item’s current or last known location on a map

Users can also assign AirTag to an item and name it with a default like ‘Keys’ or ‘Jacket,’ or provide a custom name of their choosing. Once AirTag is set up, it will appear in the new Items tab in the Find My app, where users can view the item’s current or last known location on a map

Each device costs $29, but also come in a four-pack for $99, and pre-orders start Friday, with AirTags being available April 30. 

Kaiann Drance, Apple’s vice president of worldwide iPhone product marketing in a statement: ‘We’re excited to bring this incredible new capability to iPhone users with the introduction of AirTag… to help them keep track of and find the important items in their lives.’

‘With its design, unparalleled finding experience, and built-in privacy and security features, AirTag will provide customers with another way to leverage the power of the Apple ecosystem and enhance the versatility of iPhone.’

The tag itself is a small, IP67 water and dust resistant disc that can be personalized with a custom message or an emoji, on its laser-etched stainless steel body.

Once AirTag is set up, it will appear in the new Items tab in the Find My app, where users can view the item’s current or last known location on a map

If a user misplaces their item and it is within Bluetooth range, they can use the Find My app to play a sound from the AirTag to help locate it

Once AirTag is set up, it will appear in the new Items tab in the Find My app, where users can view the item’s current or last known location on a map. If a user misplaces their item and it is within Bluetooth range, they can use the Find My app to play a sound from the AirTag to help locate it

Similar to the already popular Tile, AirTags can be attached to keys, a wallet or other products and provides notifications when you become separated from the item

Similar to the already popular Tile, AirTags can be attached to keys, a wallet or other products and provides notifications when you become separated from the item

There is a built-in speaker that plays sounds to help locate AirTag, while a removable cover makes it easy for users to replace the battery. 

Users can also assign AirTag to an item and name it with a default like ‘Keys’ or ‘Jacket,’ or provide a custom name of their choosing. 

Once AirTag is set up, it will appear in the new Items tab in the Find My app, where users can view the item’s current or last known location on a map. 

If a user misplaces their item and it is within Bluetooth range, they can use the Find My app to play a sound from the AirTag to help locate it. 

Users can also ask Siri to find their item, and AirTag will play a sound if it is nearby. 

Get the Daily Mail for Kindle or the Daily Mail newspaper iPad app

Get the Daily Mail newspaper iPad app, or the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday for Kindle – and save money!

We’re really sorry we won’t be able to print the Mail in America anymore.   We’ve really appreciated your loyalty, so we’ve come up with two other ways for you to continue enjoying the Mail.

The Daily Mail Newspaper iPad app

On the iPad, the Daily Mail is the same paper you get in Britain, only it appears on a screen, and the pictures look much brighter and sharper.  

You can turn the pages and, better still, zoom in on articles, make the text bigger and even email a story you like to a friend. 

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