As expected at the October 30th event, Apple revealed several hardware updates. In addition to a new iPad Pro, the Mac Mini and the MacBook Air finally got an update.
The new iPad Pro comes in 11-inch and 12.9-inch versions, both of them have an edge-to-edge display with the Home button removed. Face ID, a magnetic attachment along the side for the new Apple Pencil, and a thinner design than before were some of the big news.
The iPad Pro has a fast A12X Bionic chip which means it will be even faster than last years model which was already incredibly fast for a tablet. Apple promises all-day battery life although the 25 percent smaller design in volume.
Both models will be available in Silver and Space Gray in 64GB, 256GB, 512GB and even 1TB.
Here are the starting prices for the new iPad Pro
11-inch – $799 (Wi-Fi) and $949 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
12.9-inch – $999 (Wi-Fi) and $1,149 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
The new iPad Pro will launch on Wednesday, November 7 but can be preordered today at Apple.com.
The MacBook Air got its first update in several years and the big news were smaller bezels, a retina display with 48 percent more color, Touch ID, and a new security chip that Apple calls T2. The chip protects Touch ID data, while also ensuring that the boot process has not been tampered with.
The thinner bezels are part of the reason that the total volume is 17 percent less than the predecessor. Being a quarter pound lighter as well means it weighs 2.75 pounds.
The new MacBook Air can be preordered today starting at $1,199 and delivers on Wednesday, November 7.
The last product that has been awaiting updates for years is the Mac Mini and it got a performance boost with new inputs/outputs yesterday. It will also look different with the Space Gray design.
Newer processors, faster ram, and SSD standard on all models will easily be faster than the old model from 2014. It also has the T2 security chip the MacBook Air got. Ethernet port, 4x Thunderbolt ports (USB-C), HDMI, headphone jack, and two USB-A ports are the inputs and outputs on the back of the machine.
The new Mac Mini starts at $799 and can be preordered today with a release next Wednesday, November 7.
- The Apple Pencil got an update and can now be charged with the new iPad Pro
- The new iPad Pro has a USB-C port but no headphone jack. The USB-C port can charge iPhones
- iOS 12.1 was released to iOS-devices, Group Facetime and new emojis
- macOS 10.14.1 was released with Group Facetime and new emojis
- watchOS 5.1 was released but later temporarily pulled due to bricking some Apple Watches