Today Apple held what is likely to be its last product event of 2018. That’s good news for most, knowing that it’s going to be a while until Apple decides to update any of its other products–so you’re safe to buy now. However, it’s bad news for those who were hoping to see the Apple Air Power wireless charging station. It’s still a no-show.
Unlike most of Apple’s other events in 2018, Apple’s October event today focused almost solely on its iPad and Mac lineup. However, there were also some small accessory and software unveils too. Here’s everything Apple unveiled at its October event.
New 11in and 12.9in iPad Pros
Without a doubt, the star of the show was Apple’s completely revamped iPad Pros. The iPad Pro received a major redesign. It eliminated the Home button in favor of Face ID. That change allowed Apple to stretch the screen size edge-to-edge.
It means that Apple’s 12.9in iPad Pro now comes in a smaller form factor than the old one and Apple’s new 11in iPad Pro now fits in the same space as the old 10.5in iPad Pro.
Other big changes with the iPad Pros include a new A12X Bionic chip, which Apple says is faster than the chips found in most PC laptops. The iPad Pros have also done away with the headphone jack (sorry folks!) and the Lightning port, replacing it with a USB-C port. Announcing the new iPad’s Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said:
“The new iPad Pro is a huge step forward for powerful, creative, mobile computing; it has an all-new thinner design, speeds through projects with the super-fast A12X Bionic chip and unlocks with a glance using Face ID in any orientation — while you’re sitting or standing, with iPad Pro on your desk or lap, with the new Smart Keyboard Folio and new Apple Pencil.
“There has never been a mobile device anything like the new iPad Pro; it has a gorgeous edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display that curves into the corners, breakthrough performance that outperforms most laptops, Face ID, support for the new Smart Keyboard Folio and new Apple Pencil, advanced new cameras and sensors for the best AR experiences ever in any device, a high-speed USB-C connector, louder speakers, faster wireless and more, all packed into a thinner device that has all-day battery life and is 25 percent smaller in volume.”
New Apple Pencil
Apple also updated its Pencil stylus–and the improvements are quite amazing. The Pencil now has a hexagonal shape so it won’t roll out of your hands. It’s also got built-in magnetic changing. That’s right, just attach it to the side of your new iPad Pro and the Pencil will charge automatically.
Finally, the Pencil also got new double-tap gesture support. So you can physically tap the Pencil to carry out actions on your iPad Pro’s screen.
New Smart Folio and Smart Keyboard Folio Cases
As can be expected, Apple also unveils new Smart Folio and Smart Keyboard Folio case to go along with the new iPad Pros.
New MacBook Air
The much-loved MacBook Air also received a major upgrade today. The Air now features 50% smaller bezels and a new Retina display. The 13.3in display now has four times the resolution of the previous model at 2560×1600. It’s also the thinnest MacBook Air ever at 0.61-inches at its thickest point and weighing just 2.75 pounds.
Besides that, the new Air also has two USB-C ports, a headphone jack, and a 20% larger trackpad.
New Mac mini
Yep, after years and years, Apple has introduced a new Mac mini. The new model features an eighth‑generation 6‑core or quad‑core processors, high‑performance 2666MHz DDR4 memory up to 64GB, all‑flash storage up to 2TB SSD, Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0, and 10Gb Ethernet. Announcing the new Mac mini Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said:
“Mac mini is loved by customers for its ability to be used in incredibly diverse environments — from casual desktop use, to live professional performances, to multiple Mac mini computers powering through video renderings and compiling software code, to racks of thousands in giant app build farms — anywhere a small-but-mighty Mac is needed to get the job done.”
Apple also released iOS 12.1, new software updates for watchOS, macOS, and tvOS, and a new update to its Shortcuts app.