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Top Announcements from Apple’s October Launch Event

At its fall launch event held in Brooklyn, Apple unveiled the new iPad Pro, and also refreshed its computer lineup. The company unveiled a new MacBook Air and also updated the Mac mini. Let’s take a look at the all the announcements from the event:

MacBook Air:

Apple hadn’t refreshed its aging MacBook Air in terms of design for years. Today, the company finally presented a new MacBook Air in a different avatar. The notebook features a 13.3-inch high-resolution Retina display. Design-wise, the latest MacBook Air has slimmer bezels around the body. It has two USB-C ports which are also Thunderbolt compatible on the left, and a headphone jack on the right.

The MacBook Air also features a Touch ID fingerprint sensor built right into the keyboard, for security purposes like unlocking the device and making payments through Apple Pay. The trackpad has been replaced by new Force Touchpad which offers haptic feedback. Apple has equipped its latest device with its latest gen ‘butterfly’ keyboard found only on Pro models.

Under the hood, the MacBook Air houses the latest 8th-Gen Intel Core i5 processor. It packs up to 16GB RAM and offers up to 1.5TB SSD storage. The new MacBook Air promises all day battery life, with at 12 hours of web use and 13 hours of iTunes playback. As for portability, the device weighs 1.24kg and is 10 percent thinner than its predecessor. 

The base model of MacBook Air will come with the Core i5 chip clocked at 1.6GHz, 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD. It will ship in three color variants i.e. Black, Grey, and Gold. 

Mac mini:

The Mac mini hasn’t seen any updates since launching in 2014. The Mac mini is a small desktop machine without a display. Apple has upgraded the internals of the device but in terms of design, it looks similar to the model from four years ago.

The device is powered by an 8th-Gen processor starting at 4 cores, and can be upgraded up to 6 cores. For memory, the Mac mini can be specced with up to 64GB RAM. It offers up to 2TB SSD storage. The device also comes with Apple’s T2 security chip. Connectivity-wise, the Mac mini features 2x USB-A ports, 4x USB-C (Thunderbolt compatible) ports, HDMI and an Ethernet port. 

The base configuration of Mac mini is equipped with an 8th-Gen Intel Core i3 processor. It packs 8GB RAM and 128GB of SSD storage. It is available in a single Space Grey colour. 

iPad Pro 2018:

Apple announced a redesigned iPad Pro with updated specs and features. The device has been unveiled in two sizes – 11-inch and 12.9-inch. The newer iPads sport an edge-to-edge display with slimmer bezels. Apple has removed the Touch ID fingerprint sensor and added Face ID instead. FaceID will work in both portrait and landscape orientation. The iPad Pro is equipped with a USB Type-C port instead of a Lightning connector for charging and transferring data.

Both the iPad variants are powered by Apple’s A12X Bionic chipset. Apple promises a 10-hour battery life and bundles a 18-watt power adapter. On the camera front, the new iPad Pros come with a 12MP rear camera with an improved True Tone flash. It also offers 4K video recording at 60 fps. Upfront there is a 7MP sensor and offers various features like Group FaceTime, Smart HDR, Animoji and Memoji

The iPad Pro also comes with second generation Apple Pencil. It attaches magnetically, pairs automatically and charges wirelessly. The iPad Pro keyboard is also updated. Like the Pencil, the Smart Keyboard Folio also attaches magnetically and protects both the back and display of the device.

You can read the iPad Pro’s detailed specs and features here.

Pricing & Availability:

The base model of MacBook Air bears a price tag of Rs 1,14,900. The Mac mini will cost Rs 75,900 for the base configuration. Both the devices are available in India starting November 7th. 

As for the iPad Pro, the 11-inch model starts at Rs 71,900 and the 12.9-inch will retail at Rs 89,900 onwards. The second generation Apple Pencil is priced at Rs 10,900, and Smart Keyboard Folio starts at Rs 15,900. The new iPad Pros will go on sale in India later this year.

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