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Apple Peek Performance event live blog: Where a new iPhone SE, iPad Air, Mac, and Display were announced

The event could be a bit bigger than we first expected - here's our Apple Event live blog

Welcome to our Apple Event live blog! Apple fans have been keen for the first event of 2022, and that day is finally here. We’re expecting updates to the iPhone SE and iPad Air, alongside a surprising brand-new Mac device.

Like most events, Apple has a live stream for fans to watch on the event (you can find this below). But, if you can’t watch the live stream, you can follow along with our Apple Event live blog here. We’ll keep you up to date with everything going on at the event!

The event is scheduled to start at 6pm GMT today (March 8), or 1pm EST/10am PST if you’re in the US. Check back just before the event starts for our coverage.

Peek Performance live coverage:

Just because the event’s over, doesn’t mean our coverage is…

7:00PM

Since the Peek Performance event is over, were wrapping up the live blog here. Thanks for tuning in to the live blog to see the latest on Apple’s products.

Don’t worry, though, just because the live blog is over, doesn’t mean our coverage is. You can check out our other coverage on the new products here:

And that’s it, the event it over.

6:58PM

It was a great event with some fantastic announcements!

Mac Pro update teased… but not just yet

6:56PM

Pre-orders start today for Mac Studio and Studio Display.

6:55PM

The Mac Studio starts at £1,999 for the M1 Max or £3,999 for the M1 Ultra. The display starts at £1,599 with a choice of stand options. You can order both products today, and they’ll start shipping on March 18.

The Studio Display is a 5K display. It brings Center Stage, Spatial Audio, and 4 ports to a display.

6:51PM

And now on to the Studio Display

6:49PM

On the eco-friendly side, the Mac Studio will use 1,000 kWh less energy per year than other computers.

6:47PM

Apple is really focusing on the Studio

6:46PM

The Mac Studio is Apple’s fastest computer now.

6:44PM

The M1 Ultra Mac Studio is 50% faster than the current Mac Pro, Apple’s fastest computer. The graphics are also 3.4x faster. This makes the Mac Studio Apple’s new fastest device.

Mac Studio offers M1 Max and M1 Ultra.

6:41PM

Apple announces new Mac Studio desktop computer and an external display to go alongside it

6:39PM

And the Studio Display!

6:37PM

Here is the Mac Studio!

6:36PM

Modular system between device and display

6:36PM

Gap between iMac and Mac mini. Mac Studio about to come, right?

6:36PM

New Mac incoming! Focus on the Studio. The rumours were right!

6:35PM

Over to the devs for feedback on Apple Silicon!

6:33PM

“You don’t even have time to stir your coffee because the app is already open”. Developers and professionals are claiming much faster speeds on the new M1 Ultra.

Security features on the chip. Apple is continuing to put security first! Apple is also thrilled with the pace of the Apple Silicon transition.

6:32PM

Apple’s comparing the chip to more stats, it’s not necessarily the most detailed graph. But, no surprises, the M1 chips win!

6:31PM

800 Gb/s and 128GB unified memory with new M1 Ultra. This absolutely thrashes any PC, claims Apple.

6:29PM

Explaining how M1 Max chips have an architecture that allows stacking

6:28PM

It’s very technical stuff. Essentially, two M1 Max chips can be connected. This UltraFusion technology has 2x faster speeds than any other similar chips. 114 billion transistors, with 7x performance to the normal M1.

One more M1 chip… the M1 Ultra

6:26pM

We’re getting a quick recap of Apple Silicon chips (M1)

6:25PM

Now onto the Macs

6:24PM

iPad Air starting at the same price!

6:23PM

This new iPad Air introduces the M1 chip to the Air range, and brings 5G and Center Stage from the Pro line-up.

6:20PM

It’ll be available at the same price of £599. The colours include Grey, Starlight, Purple, and a new Blue. Pre-orders start on Friday, with shipping starting March 18.

M1 coming to this new iPad Air, along with new colours

6:17PM

This means the new iPad Air is as powerful as the iPad Pro. In fact, Apple calls it the fastest tablet available on the market for the price. That’s impressive!

Now onto the iPad Air

6:15PM

Pre-order new iPhone SE from March 18 from £429

6:14PM

New iPhone SE introduces 5G

6:12PM

New iPhone SE available in Starlight, Product Red, and Blue

6:11PM

The A15 Bionic is coming to something else… the new iPhone SE

6:09PM

Apple’s most powerful mobile chip is on the way to a new generation of the iPhone SE. It’s really powerful.

Apple is offering two new iPhone 13 colours: green and green

6:07PM

There are two different options for the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro, both green.

Starting with iPhone!

6:06PM

There’s something exciting to share for Apple TV+!

6:05PM

Apple TV+ will start broadcasting live sports in the US. This will start with “Friday Night Baseball” for baseball games exclusively streamed on Apple TV+.

First look at Apple’s Christmas film with Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell, as well as the company’s animated movie from a Pixar creator.

6:04PM

What’s coming up on Apple TV+?

6:02PM

Cook’s showing a brief preview for some of Apple’s upcoming content for Apple TV+, along with a look back at some of the most popular. We’re excited for some of the movies previewed!

Cook’s starting off by talking about Apple TV+

6:01PM

He’s referencing some of Apple’s most popular TV shows and hit movies, including multiple Academy Award winners.

Tim Cook is on the stage and wasting no time diving in

6:01

Apple’s back with another intro, killing it as per usual

6:01PM

It’s time to begin. Sit back, and relax!

6:00PM

Just mere minutes to go! Who’s excited for the event to start?

5:57PM

Apple is treating us to some Peek Performance graphics

5:50PM

In usual Apple fashion, we’ve got some graphics in the style of the Peek Performance graphic. There’s also a soundtrack with some pretty good songs, warming everyone up for the event ahead.

Our live coverage of Peek Performance begins now!

5:23PM

Get your popcorn ready, Apple’s Peek Performance event is kicking off in roughly 35 minutes. As a refresher, it starts at 6pm GMT, 13am EST, and 10am PST. Our live coverage is beginning now, bringing you everything that happens at the event.

New updates will appear at the top, just under the live coverage heading. You’ll have to refresh your page to see the latest. We’ll be bringing you updates on what’s going on, images, hands-on coverage, and reviews, all right here.

There are currently 50 thousand people waiting to watch Apple’s live stream right now. You can catch up with the stream via the YouTube video above, or through the Apple TV app on any device.