Apple Released New MacBook Air and Mac Mini with Apple Silicon M1 Chip
The most striking Apple stock news this week is the announcement of two products featuring M1 chip, MacBook Air and Mac mini, at the virtual “One More Thing” event on November 10. Reusing the same chassis as the previous model, Apple said that the new MacBook Air is up to 3.5x faster than the previous generation.
Enhanced by the customized technology, Apple Silicon lets the company focus on performance and vertical integration across platforms rather than needing to optimize software to work with another company’s hardware. The custom processors developed by Apple have benefitted iPhone and iPad for years, and now they will benefit the Mac too.
The MacBook Air with Apple Silicon M1 has an 8-core CPU and comes with up to an 8-core GPU. Apple says this makes graphics up to 5x faster than the previous generation. The M1 chip also brings massive battery improvement, up to 15 hours with wireless web browsing, the longest in any Mac ever. Apple has announced that pre-orders of the new MacBook Air begin on November 10.
Demand for Apple TV+ Shows Increasing With Second-Wave Series
The market witnessed a slow start after the Apple stream being launched. However, new data from research firm Parrot Analytics suggests that Apple’s later shows are doing better among viewers. The top three most “in-demand” TV series on the Apple TV+ include “Defending Jacob,” “Truth Be Told,” and “Servant” and none of those titles were day-one launches for the streaming service. According to Business Insider, although Apple has yet to say how many people have signed up for Apple TV+, the company did see a spike in sign-ups after some popular movies and TV series debuted this year.
Apple Announced the Intention of Acquiring Podcast Network Wondery
According to AppleInsider, Apple recently held acquisition talks with podcast producer Wondery, which is looking to sell itself for between $300 million and $400 million. Bloomberg reports that Apple, Sony, and two unnamed companies are in discussions to buy Wondery. Talks are ongoing, but the podcaster is looking to seal a deal in the coming months.
Wondery is an American podcast network backed by 20th Century Fox with famous shows like Dr. Death and Dirty John. The company’s network draws around eight million listeners a month. The producer holds rights to a slate of content that can be remodeled for mainstream media platforms. Wondery also has some corporation previously. One of the podcasts, “WeCrashed: The Rise and Fall of WeWork,” was adapted for Apple TV+.
Updates on Apple Stock News of MagSafe Duo Wireless Charger’s Compliance Process
According to 9to5mac, Apple’s upcoming MagSafe Duo Charger has officially recovered approval from the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) in the United States, which is a good indication that a release could happen soon. This progress is an update of the Apple stock news last week that the device was shown as having passed compliance testing in Korean regulatory documents.
The new FCC filing is for a “Two Coil Charger” with the model number A2458 from Apple. The documents were submitted in October, and approval appears to have been granted on November 9. Apple announced the MagSafe Duo wireless charger alongside the iPhone 12 last month, but it was not until last week did Apple add the MagSafe Duo to its online store, confirming that the accessory will be priced at $129 and that it’s “coming soon.”