Apple’s “There’s more in the making” event was designed around the idea that people create things with the company’s products, so it wanted to introduce new devices to help folks do that.
That event has wrapped up. The early hands-on time that publications got to enjoy with the 2018 MacBook Air and new iPad Pro were positive, and it looks like there are quite a few out there in the wild that are interested in a new, more powerful Mac mini. And then there is the new Apple Pencil, which learns some gesture controls, gets a slight redesign, and can now charge wirelessly.
As is par for the course, there’s quite a bit to go through. So let’s get to it:
The new MacBook Air finally brings a Retina display to that wedge shape design. It also features upgraded specifications under the hood, a decrease in weight, and smaller bezels around the 13.3-inch display. Apple says the battery life should get you 13 hours of iTunes movie watching. And the device also has a Touch ID sensor embedded in one dedicated key in the third-generation butterfly keyboard. Pricing starts at $1,199, with the new MacBook Air being available in three colors. It’s up for preorder right now and goes on sale Wednesday, November 7.
Here are some important bits:
- 2018 MacBook Air hands-on roundup
- Apple releases macOS 10.14.1 Mojave
- Apple shares new promo videos for the 2018 MacBook Air
- Apple to offer Radeon Pro GPU upgrade for current MacBook Pro models
The new iPad Pro models drastically reduce the bezel, drop the Home button, and adopt the TrueDepth camera system and Face ID. The new devices feature either an 11- or 12.9-inch display size, depending on which model you want, and boast the Liquid Retina display. They drop the Lightning port in favor of USB-C, which can connect directly to an external 5K display, a DSLR camera, and even charge an iPhone. Pricing starts at $799 for the 64GB 11-inch iPad Pro, and starts at $999 for the 64GB 12.9-inch model.
More to know:
- The 2018 iPad Pro drops the 3.5mm headphone jack
- 2018 iPad Pro hands-on roundup
- Apple opens preorders for the Smart Keyboard Folio and Smart Folio cases
- 2018 iPad Pro comes with an 18W USB-C power adapter
- What’s the difference: 2017 iPad Pro vs 2018 iPad Pro
- The best new 2018 iPad Pro features
- Apple releases iOS 12.1 with new emoji and Group FaceTime
Apple also launched a slightly redesigned Apple Pencil, which is priced at $129 and is only compatible with the two newest iPad Pro models. It has a flat edge to make holding it more comfortable, but also makes it possible to magnetically connect the new stylus to the side of the 2018 iPad Pro. The new stylus also supports double tapping for some actions, and tapping the Pencil on the display when it’s switched off will automatically launch the Notes app.
And, finally, the new and more powerful Mac mini. It comes in Space Gray now, features up to 64GB of RAM, 8th-generation Intel Core processors, and up to 2TB of built-in storage. Apple is also including its T2 chip for extra security. New owners get 4x Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 2x USB-A ports, HDMI port, and a headphone jack. There’s a new thermal system as well which offers better heat dissipation. Pricing starts at $799, preorders are live now, and it goes on sale Wednesday, November 7.
So, what did you think of Apple’s “There’s more in the making” event? We found it had a bit more of an upbeat tone throughout. Plus, the new devices are pretty great. Do you plan on picking any of them up?