Everything Apple Announced October 30: MacGuide Air, iPad Pro, Mac Mini

The theme of Apple’s second fall {hardware} present: throwbacks. The occasion, at Howard Gilman Opera House in New York City, featured a revival of the MacGuide Air, a dusted-off Mac Mini, new iPads, and, for some motive, Lana del Rey.

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Did you miss the present? You can watch the entire thing right here, atone for the evaluation from our liveblog, or just learn on for our TL;DR recap.

MacGuide Air

Ten years in the past, at an occasion not in contrast to the one right now, Steve Jobs pulled the very first MacGuide Air out of a manilla envelope and launched it to the world. The machine was in contrast to something that got here earlier than it—a laptop computer so skinny, so light-weight, you could possibly take it in every single place. In the last decade since, rather a lot has modified. For one factor, the marketplace for moveable laptops and feather-light two-in-ones has by no means been extra crowded. At the identical time, the MacGuide Air has quietly begun to fade.

Today, Apple modified that with a refreshed MacGuide Air. The minimalist laptop computer now comes with a 13.3-inch Retina show, Touch ID, and a Force Touch trackpad. Apple added a quicker processor, its latest-gen butterfly keyboard, and a few USB-C ports. And it is even lighter than earlier than: It weighs 2.75 kilos, and takes up 17 % much less quantity than the sooner MacGuide Air.

It’s additionally made totally from recycled aluminum, a part of Apple’s new pledge to make use of extra recycled supplies in its gadgets. At the beginning value of $1,199, you solely get 128 gigs of storage—so anticipate to pay extra to make this the light-weight laptop computer price shopping for.

Mac Mini

Another long-awaited replace: We noticed a beefed-up Mac Mini, which Apple has left untouched for the previous 4 years. The new Mac Mini brings with it all of the updates you’d anticipate after languishing for therefore lengthy. For starters, it is available in house gray now. Apple additionally added a quad-core chip, with the choice to improve to 6 cores, and as much as 64 gigs of RAM. It’s acquired an entire heap of ports, together with 4 Thunderbolt Three ports and one for Ethernet.

Like the MacGuide Air, the brand new Mac Mini enclosure comes from 100 % recycled aluminum, as a result of sustainability is necessary. It’s accessible to order right now, beginning at $799.

iPad Pro

For years, the iPad has been an exemplar of Apple {hardware}: It’s moveable however highly effective, lasts perpetually, and bridges the hole between the iPhone in your pocket and the MacGuide in your desk. Today, Apple up to date its iPad Pro to higher refine that middle-ground.

This is a smaller, thinner machine than the iPad you already personal—Apple says this one has 25 % much less quantity than its predecessor. Also: no house button, and no headphone jack. Apple added a large Liquid Retina show, which squeezes an 11-inch show into the identical kind issue because the earlier 10.5-inch mannequin. Like Apple’s newer iPhones, this new iPad makes use of a brand new gesture-based interface and unlocks with Face ID. It additionally provides a seven-core GPU and contemporary A12X Bionic chip for extra processing energy than earlier than. Apple says these new iPad Pros are quicker than 92 % of all moveable PCs—which looks as if a motive to get this over, say, the brand new MacGuide Air. It is available in two sizes: $799 and up for the 11-inch model, or $999 and up for the 12.9-inch model.

iOS 12.1

You most likely have already got iOS 12 in your iPhone—however do you’ve 70 new emoji and the power to FaceTime with 32 individuals without delay? No, however you’ll quickly with the discharge of iOS 12.1. The software program replace brings with it a couple of new options, like depth management in Portrait mode and twin SIM help for the iPhone XS, XS Max, or XR. There’s additionally a redhead emoji.

Finally, in step with the theme that all the pieces outdated is new once more, Lana del Rey capped off right now’s Apple occasion with a shock efficiency. She sang two songs from her new album, however could not say the album title out loud, since Apple requested her to not curse on stage. But the album known as Norman Fucking Rockwell and it comes out in March. Now you already know!

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