Enlarge /. An Apple-made image of the various Macs that have previously run on the M1.
As previously announced, today is the day: In the Apple Store and through other retailers, orders can be placed for the remaining hardware products that Apple announced on April 20th: the 24-inch iMac as well as the new iPad Pro and Apple TV 4K.
Yesterday we reported that multiple leaks revealed a ship date for these products as May 21st and these leaks were found to be correct. The original ship date for all of the above products was May 21st, but ship estimates have declined slightly due to demand for some products – and significantly for others.
In particular, most configurations of the 24-inch iMac, 11-inch iPad Pro, and Apple TV 4K currently show shipping dates between May 21-27, while some specific configurations of the iMac and 11-inch iPad Pro are beginning June will be shipped. Worst-case scenario, however, is the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which in some configurations won’t ship until July.
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro features a mini-LED display similar to that of the Apple Pro Display XDR monitor, as well as the latest high-end consumer LCD TVs. The 11-inch model still has the display technology of the previous generation and ships earlier, suggesting that the new display technology is a bottleneck.
The other major improvement in both new iPad Pro models is the integration of the M1 system on a chip that has been seen in recent Macs. This chip also powers the new 24-inch iMac, which comes in multiple colors and has been visually redesigned since the last 21.5-inch model it (mostly) replaced.
The Apple TV 4K has seen the least dramatic changes of the new devices. In most use cases it is identical to its predecessor. It has a faster processor compared to the version that was on sale before today. it went from Apple’s A10 to the A12. It also has an HDMI 2.1 port, which may support 120 Hz playback and other modern TV features in the future.
The biggest change is probably a redesigned remote control, but this remote control is also available individually (compatible with the previous generation) and in a bundle with the lower-priced Apple TV HD.