Apple held its second event of the year, which seems to be its final hardware refreshes of 2018. The tech giant held an event today in Brooklyn to add a number of new devices in its list of smart gadgets. We got new iPad Pro, Mac mini, and MacBook Air. All the new devices are available on pre-order from today itself whereas the shipments will start on 7th November. Apple CEO Tim Cook started the event with some praises on the people of New York before revealing one Here are the major highlights from the event.
Mac Mini Returns Too
The fans of Mac Mini will be excited to know that your device is now available in a faster mode. It sports an 8th Gen 6-core/ quad-core processor that is five times more powerful and fast. The device can support up to a 64GB of RAM or it can go an all-flash storage that can be up to 2TB. There are numerous ports on the machine including two USB-A, an Ethernet port, and 4 USB-C or Thunderbolt ports. The design is pretty much similar to the 4-year-old version of the device expect the new space gray finish.
The Mac mini will start at $799 for the base model with Intel Core i3, 8GB RAM coupled with 128 GB SSD.
MacBook Air: Changed With Time
Apple users have been urging this for years now and finally, Apple has acted accordingly by providing an upgrade to one of the best Apple devices. MacBook Air now has an astonishing 13.3-inch retina display with 50 percent small bezels. The company also introduced Touch ID and third-gen butterfly keyboard in the device. It will now have a built-in Siri support with new stereo speakers claimed to be 25 percent louder. Thankfully, the headphone jack is here to stay alongside two USB-C ports.
Talking about the performance enhancements, MacBook Air will now have an 8th Gen Intel dual-core processor coupled with a mega 16GB RAM and 1.5TB of SSD. More importantly, it weighs less than the current MacBook Air, coming down to 2.75 pounds from the old 2.96 pounds. The laptop will start at $1,199 for the base model of 8GB RAM/128GB SSD. Preorders are open from today.
iPad Pro with Face ID Launched
Getting away from the throwbacks, here is a new device that was rumored to make a debut from quite a while now. Apple confirmed a new iPad Pro with Face ID feature that will replace the old home buttons on iPads. The Face ID will work in both, landscape as well as portrait mode. iPad Pro sports a similar 12.9-inch display but Apple has built a fairly smaller and thinner machine than its predecessor. It also has the navigation gestures, first introduced in iPhone X.
The iPhone-maker has used its A12 Bionic chip in this device too, claiming a 35 percent faster machine and a 1000 times better graphics. Moreover, the company also said that new iPad Pro will last a whole day with full usage. The in-and-out USB-C type power port will not only charge the device but can also work as a power bank for your iPhone. Everything was going well, until, the headphone jacks were gone missing.
The new iPad Pro will be starting from $799 for the 11-inch version and $999 for the regular 12.9-inch variant. The older 10.5-inch variant will now cost $649.
Two New Gadget Upgrades
Welcome the new Apple Pencil 2 that bids goodbye to the annoying charging mechanism. Now attach your new Apple Pencil 2 with the iPad Pro magnetically and it will charge the device too. The iPad Pro also gets a Smart Keyboard (Optional) that attaches with the device magnetically and offers two angles similar to the Microsoft Surface Pro series.
These devices get a marginal price hike starting from Apple Pencil 2 that goes from $99 to $129.
The Smart Keyboard for the 11-inch model jumps from $159 to $179 whereas is priced at $169 for 12-9-inch variant.
We will be following up everything else in detail from this event in the upcoming days.