Apple Completes the Wish List with New MacBook Air, Mac Mini, and iPad Pro

Apple came through with the October keynote. While just last month they introduced three new iPhones and an Apple Watch, on Tuesday at their “There’s More in the Making” event, Apple announced a new iPad Pro, a new MacBook Air, and a new Mac Mini, three products that many Apple users had on their wish list, especially for the macOS hardware, since new versions of those haven’t been seen in a while.

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It’s the oldest model of the MacBook line still currently being sold by Apple, and the last time this decade-old laptop was updated was in 2013.

Of course, as an Air model it has to be thin and lightweight. Crafted from 100-percent recycled aluminum, it weighs less than three pounds and is only 15.6mm in thickness. It can include up to 16GB of memory and up to 1.5TB SSD storage to allow plenty of room to store everything, while the eighth-generation Intel Core i5 processor allows you the power to do everything.

A great addition to the MacBook Air is two Thunderbolt 3 ports, with each providing twice the bandwidth of Thunderbolt 2. These ports allow for data transfer video output and charging, as well as integration with USB-C. The bargain laptop gets up to twelve hours of battery life to last throughout the day.

Like the iPhone X series, the 13.3″ high-resolution Retina display goes edge to edge. With four times the amount of pixels as an HD display, you’re sure to have crisp images and text. There are 48% more colors than the last model to add extra vibrancy.

Face ID hasn’t made it to the MacBook Air, but it does utilize Touch ID to unlock it and access locked documents and settings and to also use Apply Pay. Everything stays secure with the Apple T2 Security Chip.

It’s made many stunning improvements, but quite frankly it needed to in order to catch up to the five years it missed.

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It’s been nearly the same amount of years since we’ve seen a new Mac mini; we haven’t seen a new one since 2014. Even more bargain basement than the MacBook Air, this a la carte desktop is simply the hard drive with no mouse, keyboard, nor monitor.

Apple is advertising that the Mac mini has five-times faster system performance and sixty-percent faster Intel integrated graphics, but again, that’s comparing it to a model that is four years old. That’s like comparing an iPhone XR to an iPhone 6. Silly, right? It also includes a 6-core Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and up to 4.6GH Turbo Boost.

Again with the comparisons, Apple says the 64GB option on the Mac mini is 7.8 times faster than the 16GB option. This is where it gets confusing. It’s not mentioned as to what year they were referring to, but now that the specs have all been released, they were referring to the most geeked out 16GB option in 2014. The 2018 64GB option includes 2TB SSD storage, with up to 3.4GB/s sequential read speed which is up to four times faster.

Like the MacBook Air, the Mac mini also includes the Apple T2 Security Chip for the ultimate in security. It has multiple ports to connect it any way you need to: four Thunderbolt ports, Ethernet, HDMI 2.0, USB 3, and unlike iPhones, there is still a headphone port.

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But like the new iPhones, the new iPad Pro has eliminated the headphone port. Also like the iPhones, it has no home button, uses Face ID, and is bezel-less.

It comes in two sizes: 11″ and 12.9″. The Liquid Retina display is edge-to-edge and provides true color.

Face ID works on the iPad whether you’re holding it in portrait or landscape mode, meaning you can use it to unlock your iPad Pro as well as log in to your apps and for Apple Pay. The USB-C connection means you can finally connect it to external devices such as a camera.

The new iPad Pro includes the A12X Bionic chip, which Apple promises is the most powerful one they’ve ever made, and two times faster graphics. The Neural Engine runs five-trillion operations per second, meaning it’s faster than most PC laptops.

Joining the new iPad Pro is a new Apple Pencil that magnetically attaches to the iPad to charge and a new Smart Keyboard Folio to use the tablet like a laptop.

Are you ready to buy? Some of these are available already. The iPad Pro and Mac Mini are available starting November 7, while the MacBook Air will ship in the next week. The cheapest iPad Pros and Mac Minis go for $799, while the most expensive hardware is the most tricked-out MacBook Air at $2599.

Were any of these items on your Apple wish list? Will you be buying one or are these prices a little steep for you? Let us know your thoughts on the Apple releases in the comments.

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4 comments

  1. you said “Apple says the 64GB option on the Mac mini is 7.8 times faster than the 16GB option” unfortunatly that’s not correct… the NEW 64GB (Hex core) mini, is 7.8 times faster than the OLD 16GB (dual core) mini

        • Yes, I did. That’s what I was referring to initially in the article, and that is what I was referring to in my comment.

          The truth is it doesn’t say old or current 16MB. It only states the specs of the machine it was compared to. At the time I wrote the article this was all I had to go by. There were no stats released on apple.com of what the specs and options would be for the 2018 16MB. Since “#3” doesn’t mention the year, the way it is written it’s assumable that they meant the new one. After a half hour of research just now, I tracked down old specs of 2014 and current specs of 2018. The basic models released in 2014 did not have those specs, and no current model has those specs either. But the 2014 model was configurable to those specs. So the 64MB 2018 model is 7.8x faster than the fastest and largest options in 2014.

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