While we didn’t get to see everything we were hoping — there was no mention of new AirPods or the AirPower wireless charger — we did see some well deserved and long-sought-after updates to some beloved lines. There is a new MacBook Air, the diminutive but mighty Mac mini, and an update for the iPad Pro that comes with two new sizes, an updated design, and the all-new Apple Pencil.
There is a lot to get into, and you can check out our full articles on each product to find out more about each. Here’s everything Apple announced at its October 30 event.
The long-anticipated MacBook Air 2018 was the first product to be revealed. With 100 million Macs around the world, it was no surprise that Apple chose to revamp the relatively “budget” line of the MacBook laptop.
The updated MacBook Air is finally packing a beautiful 13.3-inch Retina display, alongside a revamped design that takes the beloved and traditional style of the MacBook Air, and updates it for a new era. The chunky aluminum bezels are gone, replaced by slim black lines that drop the size of the laptop by 17 percent. It has two Thunderbolt 3 ports and Touch ID is also included with a keyboard-based sapphire fingerprint scanner. The keyboard has Apple’s new Butterfly keys and a Force Touch trackpad that is 20 percent larger than the one on its predecessor.
This was another one that we were expecting — and one that might have been even more deserving of an update than the MacBook Air.
The Mac mini has seen a serious upgrade in performance, so each Mac mini is now guaranteed to have at least a four-core eighth-generation processor, and the option for an advanced six-core processor. The upgraded processing power makes it five-times faster than the older Mac mini. There is also 6GB of RAM as standard, with the option of expanding up to 16GB. There’s also support for up to 2TB of SSD storage. There are ports galore, with ethernet ports, Thunderbolt 3 ports, HDMI, and USB-A ports all available. See more...