Apple unveiled the release of a new hardware update this year with the release of the new iPad Pro, MacBook Air and Mac mini at the end of the busy Autumn Anniversary season. All new devices can be pre-ordered today as of the 7th of November shipment. I looked at all of them here.
MacBook Air has finally been refreshed after years of updating the MacBook Pro. The 2018 MacBook Air has a 13.3-inch Retina display, a third-generation Butterfly keyboard, a Touch ID, and a 50% narrow bezel. The trackpad is also 20% larger, stereo speakers sound 25% louder and Siri is built in. The headphone jack remains with two USB-C ports.
Inside the new MacBook Air is an 8th generation Intel dual-core CPU with up to 16GB of RAM and a 1.5TB SSD. The current weight is 2.96 pounds to 2.75 pounds, slightly less than the current MacBook Air.
The new MacBook Air also comes in new colors that were previously available on the latest MacBooks. The notebook costs $ 1,199 for an 8GB RAM / 128GB SSD configuration. Pre-order starts today.
Mac mini delivers up to five times faster performance with Gen 8 Gen 6 or 4 core processors. It can support up to 64GB of RAM or full flash storage of up to 2TB SSDs, and comes in 1-tonne ports, including two USB-A, four Thunderbolt / USB-C ports and an Ethernet port. Visually, the Mac mini is much like the old version of four years ago, but it's finished in a new space gray.
Mac mini starts at $ 799 for a quad-core Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD storage. You can pre-order today.
All other device announcements may appear to have ended on Tuesday, but one of the new devices, iPad Pro, is new. Once the rumor has been confirmed today, the Home button disappears and the new iPad Pro comes with Face ID support that works in both portrait and landscape mode. This device maintains a 12.9-inch display, but the body is much smaller and thinner than the whole body. Support for new gesture navigation introduced in iPhone X
The new iPad Pro has a sleek A12X Bionic chip. Apple is 35% faster with "1,000 times" faster graphics on the iPad. It also requires "all day" battery life. You can also charge your iPhone using iPad Pro while the USB-C power is on and off. But sad, but no headphone jack.
11-inch devices cost $ 799, Wi-Fi costs 12.9 inches to $ 999. The smaller and smaller 10.5-inch iPad Pro now starts at $ 649.
There is Apple Pencil 2 upgraded with the new iPad Pro. Apple Pencil 2 is magnetically attached to the iPad Pro instead of the first version of the nonsensical charging mechanism.
The iPad Pro can be used with an optional smart keyboard that magnetically connects to the tablet. The updated keyboard provides two angles instead of the angles from the previous model.
These accessory updates come with their own price increases. The price of Apple Pencil 2 goes up from $ 99 to $ 129. The smart keyboard starts at $ 179 for the 11-inch model, $ 159 for the 10.5-inch model, and $ 169 for the 12.9-inch model.
Apple is environmentally friendly.
Apple has gone a little further with the announcement that both new and current Mac products use 100% recycled aluminum in their metal enclosures. Apple makes the new MacBook Air and Mac mini the company's most environmentally friendly hardware products.
Although a 50% reduction in carbon footprint is good, Apple needs a lot of effort to improve its repairability score. By the end of last year, Apple was credible to those who believed that by slowing down their older iPhones, they were deliberately slowing their phones to buy new devices rather than choosing expensive battery upgrades.