Apple unveils new MacBooks

By Samantha Kelly, Aditi Sangal, Mike Hayes and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 3:25 p.m. ET, October 18, 2021
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1:55 p.m. ET, October 18, 2021

Here's how much the New MacBook Pros will cost

Apple announced that its new MacBook Pro laptops will run you at least $2,000.

The new 14-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,999, and the 16-inch version starts at $2,499.

Interested customers can start ordering them today, the company said.

2:13 p.m. ET, October 18, 2021

Goodbye, Touch Bar

From CNN Business' Samantha Murphy Kelly

Apple is ditching its digital Touch Bar, a divisive feature that replaced the row of function keys at the top of the keyboard with text prediction and shortcuts.

"The physical keys replace the Touch Bar," the company said during its MacBook Pro presentation.

When the company introduced the feature in 2016, it aimed to revolutionize the keyboard. But its reception was mixed: some loved it, even more hated it. Now it is no longer.

3:25 p.m. ET, October 18, 2021

The redesigned MacBook Pro will have a larger screen display

The MacBook Pro now has thinner bezels, meaning Apple pushed its screen display closer to its curved edges so its active area is greater than before. The company increased its pixel density to 7.7 million pixels on the 16-inch model -- the most that's ever been on a Mac notebook. Meanwhile, 14-inch model boasts 5.9 million pixels.

3:22 p.m. ET, October 18, 2021

Apple shows off new MacBook Pro laptops

Apple announced a newly redesigned MacBook Pro that will be available in 16-inch and for the first time, a 14-inch model.

The new design is thinner, lighter and includes thermal capabilities with fans that move 50% more air. It features thinner bezels and improved displays with a higher refresh rate. Other improvements include longer-lasting batteries and an advanced front-facing camera that can take 1080p video.

The company is also bringing back the HDMI port, SD card slot, and a MagSafe charger, the last of which was removed when Apple introduced USB-C ports to the line.

3:21 p.m. ET, October 18, 2021

Apple introduces two new chips: M1 Pro and M1 Max

Apple's in-house M chip line just got more powerful. The company introduced two new processors for its MacBooks that'll make them faster without compromising on battery life.

M1 Pro

The M1 Pro is the next chip in the M1 family for the MacBook. It has 32 GB memory and promises 72% higher performance than the M1 chip that currently powers MacBooks.

Video production and streaming are promised to get better with this chip.

M1 Max

Meanwhile, the M1 Max goes a step further than M1 Pro and offers 64GB memory. Apple said it's the largest chip it's ever built.

1:32 p.m. ET, October 18, 2021

Apple unveils third-generation AirPods

From CNN Business' Samantha Murphy Kelly

Apple showed off its third-generation AirPods, which borrows some of the best features from its higher-end AirPods Pro.

AirPods 3 comes with spatial audio, better sound quality -- providing a more powerful bass and crisp high frequency -- and is sweat and water resistant for workouts. It also comes with a new contour design and adaptive EQ -- a feature previously found on AirPods Pro. The wireless earbuds customize sound in real time by adjusting frequencies based on what your ear is hearing.

The latest model touts improved battery life, promising up to 6 hours of battery life -- and 5 minutes of charge time will get an hour of use. Apple is also adding MagSafe and wireless charging to the case.

AirPods 3, which are available for pre-order starting today, cost $179, while AirPods 2 is now $129. AirPods Pro will remain at $249 and its over-the0ear headphones, AirPods Max, cost $549.

3:21 p.m. ET, October 18, 2021

HomePod mini will be available in new colors

New colors are coming to Apple's HomePod mini speaker.

In addition to black and white, HomePod mini will soon be available in orange, yellow and dark blue for $99, starting in November.

3:20 p.m. ET, October 18, 2021

Apple Music will introduce a cheaper "Voice Plan"

The company introduced a voice plan within Apple Music. For about $5 each month, subscribers can ask Siri to pull up playlists, songs and radio stations. The voice-only option is cheaper than its existing plan $9.99/month and the Family Plan at $14.99/month.

The Apple Music Voice Plan will be available later this fall in 17 countries.

3:20 p.m. ET, October 18, 2021

The Apple event is underway

Apple's second product launch event of the fall has started. This comes a month after it unveiled the new iPhone 13 lineup.

The company is expected to unveil two high-end MacBook Pro laptops, marking its first major design update in five years. Apple may also introduce the third-generation version of AirPods.

You can watch the event on Apple's website as well as through the Apple TV app. It will also be broadcast on Apple's YouTube page.