• Live updates: Apple expected to unveil long-awaited AirTags, new iPads
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    Live updates: Apple expected to unveil long-awaited AirTags, new iPads

    Apple on Tuesday launched a bevy of new hardware and software, including redesigned iMacs powered by Apple's M1 processor, the long-awaited AirTags item trackers, an updated Apple TV, among other announcements. The M1 chip is also being added to new iPad Pro models with optional 5G capability..Why it matters: Apple is getting a later-than-usual start on product launches, perhaps due to a mix of factors, including the global chip shortage.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeHere's what Apple has announced so far:New iMacs feature Apple's M1 processor as well as a complete redesign that slims the all-in-one desktop while offering it in seven colors. The 24-inch display fits in roughly the same size as the prior 21-inch model due to thinner bezels. Apple is also touting a new 1080p camera, noise-cancelling microphones and software improvements for better video calls.The new iMacs feature an optional Touch ID capable keyboard, bringing fingerprint recognition to the iMac for the first time.It starts at $1,299, and will ship in the second half of May, with pre-orders staring April 30. The base model comes in four colors, with all seven shades available on the $1,499 model.Thought bubble: The M1-powered Macs already out there have been widely praised, but this is the first time Apple has married the new processors with completely redesigned hardware and the iMac was due for a revamp. The iPad Pro now includes the same M1 chip used in the latest Macs, optional 5G wireless technology and support for up to 2 terabytes of storage. The larger screen model includes a brighter mini-LED display.Thought bubble: Apple continues to bring the iPad and Mac lines closer together under the hood, while keeping separate operating systems and reserving touchscreen capability for the iPad. Also look for the mini-LED display technology to expand further into the iPad and other product lines over the coming years.Apple TV 4K gets an upgrade, including a more powerful Apple processor and redesigned remote. Plus, A new season of Ted Lasso is coming July 23 to the Apple TV+ subscription service. It will come in two models, starting at $179 and will be available in May, though pre-orders start April 30.Thought bubble: The updates to the hardware are fairly modest, but lots of pandemic-weary folks have been eager for some fresh Ted Lasso.AirTag, a $29 circular product tracker that uses Apple's Find My app to keep tabs on physical objects, like keys, backpacks, etc. AirTags will be available starting April 30 and also sold in a 4-pack for $99. Thought bubble: AirTags could be super useful and Apple can more tightly integrate than say Tile. But that’s also why Tile and others are complaining to regulators that Apple is abusing its monopoly.Changes to the Apple Card allowing anyone over 13 in a household to use the credit card and also to allow couples to build credit equally on a shared account.Thought bubble: Hopefully this more equitable approach will be adopted more broadly in the credit card industry.There's also a new purple color for iPhone 12, available April 30.Check back for frequent updates.More from Axios: Sign up to get the latest market trends with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free

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    German Greens overtake conservatives as chancellor candidates announced

    Germany's Greens overtook the conservatives to top an opinion poll released on the day that Angela Merkel's conservative bloc named Armin Laschet as its candidate to succeed her as chancellor in a September election. A Forsa poll for RTL/n-tv put the conservative bloc on 21%, down 7 points, while the Greens, who on Monday presented their chancellor candidate, Annalena Baerbock, jumped 5 points to 28%. "The nominations of Annalena Baerbock and Armin Laschet are greatly influencing the political mood," said pollster Manfred Guellner in a statement, adding that while voters viewed Baerbock favourably, Laschet had a negative effect for the conservatives.

  • Lynne Spears objects to ex-husband Jamie spending Britney’s money for his lawyer to defend him on TV
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    Lynne Spears objects to ex-husband Jamie spending Britney’s money for his lawyer to defend him on TV

    Lynne's attorney filed papers Monday objecting to legal fees her ex-husband Jamie racked up, claiming they "utterly excessive" and "served no benefit to" Britney.