Apple closed off October with another Keynote event, announcing new iPad Pros, Mac Mini and MacBook Air models.
A new MacBook Air, at last
Apple kicked things off by unveiling its new MacBook Air, complete with a Retina display, USB-C, Touch ID and weighing 3 pounds less than the 2010 model. Sporting 50 percent narrower bezels, the new model also has a 20 percent larger trackpad, 25 percent louder speakers and a built-in Siri. Powered by an 8th- gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM (upgradeable up to 16 GB) and 128 GB SSD Hard Disk (upgradeable up to 1.5 TB), the new MacBook Air starts at $1199, $200 up from the previous model.
A new Mac Mini, too
Apple also unveiled a Mac Mini update. The model comes with a base quad-core processor, with the added option of a six-core configuration. It also has the memory of up to 64 GB RAM and 2 TB HDD. With four USB-C ports, HDMI, Ethernet, and two USB-A ports, the new model starts off at $799.
The iPad Pro loses the home button
Lastly, the company unveiled two new iPad Pro models: a new 11-inch model and an upgraded 12.9-inch model. The new models no longer feature a headphone jack or a Home button and are 15% slimmer than previous models. The bezels have also been decreased on all four sides. Powered by the new A12 Bionic chip, an 8 core CPU and a 7 core GPU, the new iPad Pros are 35 percent faster on single-core tasks and 90 percent faster on multi-core tasks.
Featuring four stereo speakers, a 12-megapixel camera (capable of 4k 60 fps video recording) and a battery with 10-hour battery life, the new iPad Pros are good additions to a product line that has shipped more than 400 million units so far.
Supporting Face ID and USB C, the 11-inch model starts at $799 while the 12.9-inch model starts at $999. Apple has also redesigned its signature iPad Pro accessories: the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil both “click” onto the side using magnetic connectors.
Ending on a high note and a focus on sustainability
Apple also committed to its sustainability initiative, announcing that both its new Mac products used 100 percent recycled aluminum finishing for their metal bodies, reducing the devices’ carbon footprint by 50 percent.
This event capped off Apple’s slate for 2018 on a high note.
The event, held at Brooklyn instead of the usual venue at Cupertino, was overall better and shorter than the last Keynote event in September. It introduced products that look new and exciting, announced by new presenters who were excited and got the crowd hyped up as well.