Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Apple’s October 2018 event is now over, and we know what the company has had up its sleeve.

In total Apple unveiled five new devices including two new iPad Pros, a completely reworked Macbook Air and a tweaked Mac Mini.

There was also a brand new Apple Pencil to complement those new iPads.

So here’s a summary of everything Apple announced today.

iPad Pro

As expected there are two new iPad Pros. The smaller model is now 11-inches and the larger is 12.9-inches in size.

The larger model has a resolution of 2732×2048 and the smaller offers 2388×1668. You can also connect to external displays now, thanks to the move to USB-C.

Storage capacities are now 64GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB. Colour options are silver and space grey.

There’s Face ID to unlock the iPad and pay for things online with Apple Pay.

Both iPad Pros are powered by the A12X Bionic processor, which builds on the A12 chips found in the new iPhone Xs and Xs Max.

The iPad Pro is available in both Wi-Fi only and 4G versions.

Prices start at £769 and go right up to £1,869 for the 1TB, 12.9-inch model with built-in 4G.

Smart Keyboard Folio

To go with the two Mac Pro models are a pair of Folio keyboards. An important part of using the iPad as a serious computer, these keyboards are a great addition to the Pro – although they aren’t cheap at £199 for the larger and £179 for the smaller version.

New keyboard cases were announced too (Image: Apple)

The good news is that the Folio case protects both the front and the back of the device when you’re moving it around.

Apple Pencil

A redesigned Apple Pencil attaches magnetically to the top of your iPad Pro. From there it wirelessly charges, meaning it’s ready to go whenever you need it.

A touch control allows you to swap tools in whatever app you use. App developers can customise how this feature works, so expect some cool uses for the Pencil.

The new Apple Pencil costs £119.

Macbook Air

The Air now has a retina display with a resolution of 2560×1600. Apple has also built-in a Touch ID scanner for secure access to the laptop and to pay using Apple Pay online.

The starting RAM configuration is 8GB, but you can take that up to 16GB if you need.

The new Macbook Air

Apple says you’ll get 12 hours of web browsing on a single charge and up to 13 hours of video using iTunes.

The new Macbook Air is, like the Macbook, charged using USB-C and there are a pair of these sockets to boost connectivity.


Mac Mini

Also given some love at the event was the Mac Mini. Upgraded with new processor updates and more memory capacities this machine now plays well with a more demanding user.

There are both 4-core and 6-core processors available with clock speeds up to 3.6GHz.

caption: Apple Special Event Mini https://www.apple.com/uk/macbook-air/

The base-level Mini comes with 8GB of RAM, but you can opt to buy one with 16GB, 32GB or even 64GB.

Storage is all SSD based now and capacities are 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB or even 2TB.

The Mac Mini can also support up to three external displays. There are four USB-C connections on the back for accessories and an HDMI 2 output for a monitor or TV.

A pair of USB 3 sockets are also included, as is wired Ethernet.


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