In a showcase on October 30th, Apple revealed their newest line of products. Taking place in Brooklyn, New York, the company showcased latest MacBook Air, Mac mini, and new iPad Pros.
New Macbook Air, Image from MobileSyrup
To start, the company revealed the new MacBook Air. Like the Pro model, the late-2018 Air houses a Retina display containing 4 million pixels. Bezels have been reworked from the previous’ silver matte to a glossier black color, and are 50 percent smaller.
These changes mean the new Air model is “even more portable” than before, with 17 percent less volume according to the presentation. The measurements come in at 15.6mm – 10 percent thinner than the previous Air. It’s also lighter than before, coming in at 2.75 pounds down from 3.
Of course, the machine comes with an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, and can be customized up to 1.5TB is SSD storage. Users can also choose between Touch ID and a few other modern MacBook features.
Working from 100 percent recycled aluminum, the Air contains a couple Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports and a headphone jack. The USB port can push out a 5K resolution on supported monitors, however. Also, Apple claims a 12-hour battery life when it comes to web browsing and 13 hours of movie-watching. For increased security, designers included a T2 security chip for an incredibly secure Touch ID and Siri log-in.
For the Retina screen, devices start at $1199 and come in gold, silver, and space gray. This price justifies an upgraded butterfly keyboard, a Force Touch trackpad, and an HD webcam. The microphones have also been updated for better voice recognition alongside speakers with more full bass.
The machine will be available on November 7th.
Arguably the most popular reveal at the showcase, the brand new iPad Pro contains one of the largest ever screens seen on the device. The machine has flatter edges, rounded corners, support for Face ID, and tons more.
Apple is offering their flagship tablet in new 11 and 12.9 inch forms alongside the 10.5 inch carrying over from last year. It also has USB-C support and a 264-PPI screen resolution. The new machine can even charge an iPhone with its new port. However, these additions come at the cost of a headphone jack.
The iPad Pro, Image from Apple
Similar to the iPhone XS, the iPad Pro contains an A12X Bionic processor. This upgrade results in a 35% increase from last year’s performance.
To go along with the iPad upgrades, the computer company revealed a new version of the Apple Pencil. This peripheral is more ergonomic than the previous one, and even features tap-switching between writing and erasing on the device.
Finally, Apple announced a new Smart Keyboard Folio for the iPads. This new accessory protects both the front and the back of the device. The one before only shielded the front. The Folio provides different viewing angles – one that’s best for lap usage and the other for on a desk.
The 11-inch iPad Pro comes in at $799, while the 12.9-inch one hits $999. Each has upgradable versions of course.
Aside from hardware, new iPad compatible software came to fruition.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood will be available on the machine with enhanced graphics, alongside an NBA 2K basketball title. A new Photoshop app has built-in support for the Apple Pencil. The new software will provide additional workflows. Also, the AutoCAD architectural program will be available for the first time.
As always, each Apple product intends to keep users within its ecosystem. Every MacBook, iPad, and iPhone upgrade leads to a more cohesive experience. Customers that take advantage of all three will see great benefit.
In a showcase today, October 30th, Apple revealed their newest line of products. Taking place in Brooklyn, New York, the company showcased latest MacBook Air, Mac mini, and new iPad Pros.