Apple launches new Macs and iPad Pros
October 30, 2018

Here is everything that was announced during Apple’s October keynote.

This morning in New York (night time for us here in the UAE), Apple has just unveiled a new lineup of Macs and iPads that brings a plethora of new features.

First on the list is a new MacBook Air, which finally gets a refresh after years of waiting. The new MacBook Air now has a Retina Display and even features Touch ID for secure logins and of course, support for Apple Pay. It features the latest generation keyboard present on current MacBooks and a Force Trackpad.

The new MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch display including the latest 8th generation Intel processor. You can configure it to have up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 1.5 TB of storage. The best part? It only weighs only 1.25 kilograms. It also features dual Thunderbolt 3 ports that will be used for charging and other data and video connections.

The MacBook Air is also the first Mac that’s made with 100 percent recycled aluminum.

Up next is the Mac Mini, which finally gets updated with new 8th generation Intel 6-core and quad-core processors. It even supports up to 64 GB of memory and 2 TB SSD. The new Mac Mini also includes a plethora of I/O ports including Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, USB 3 and even 10 Gb Ethernet.

But the star of the keynote is clearly the new iPad Pros and they certainly didn’t disappoint. There’s a new 11-inch version that’s still the same size as last year’s 10.5-inch model, along with an updated 12.9-inch version. Both iPad Pros run the new A12X Bionic, which Apple claims offer graphics power that’s on the same level as an Xbox One S.

The home button is gone as expected, and the new iPad Pros now has an all-screen display and uses Face ID as the main form of biometric authentication. Without the home button, the new iPad Pro carries over the gestures from the iPhone X.

The iPad Pro still features the same 10-hour battery life along with the latest display technologies like ProMotion, True Tone and wide color support.

These new tablets will also come with new accessories, most notably the new Apple Pencil, which now magnetically attaches to the iPad Pro which also charges it wirelessly. There’s also a Smart Keyboard Folio that now covers the back of the tablet. These accessories will be sold separately.

Another big change on the iPad Pro is the change from Lightning to USB-C. This easily makes the iPad Pro compatible with existing accessories and it can even charge the iPhone using a USB-C to Lightning cable.

Additionally, Apple has announced that iOS 12.1 starts rolling today along with macOS 10.14.1, tvOS 12.1, watchOS 5.1 and HomePod 12.1.

The MacBook Air starts at 5,099 AED while the Mac Mini starts at 3,399 AED.

The new iPad Pro 11-inch will start at 3,199 AED and the 12.9-inch at 3,999 AED.

All these new Apple devices will be available next week on November 7th.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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