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Introducing MacBook Air, iPad Pro and Mac mini (Late 2018)

Introducing Apple iPad Pro 2018 11-Inch and 12.9-Inch 3rd Generation
Introducing MacBook Air, iPad Pro and Mac mini (Late 2018)

Introducing MacBook Air 13.3″, iPad Pro 11″ and 12.9″ (3rd Gen) and Mac mini (Late 2018)

MacBook Air 13.3-Inch (Late 2018)

MacBook Air now features Touch ID, allowing you to instantly unlock your notebook, authenticate your identity and make fast, simple and secure purchases using Apple Pay.

MacBook Air now features Touch ID, allowing you to instantly unlock your notebook, authenticate your identity and make fast, simple and secure purchases using Apple Pay.

The new MacBook Air 13.3-inch (Late 2018) is the most compact and light laptop re-designed and developed by Apple Inc.

This laptop is a great departure both in engineering and hardware. It features an eighth-generation Intel Core i5 processor and a proprietary T2 security chip from Apple for safer boot-up and on-the-fly encryption. The Core i5 supports up to 16GB of memory. The top SSD storage is around 1.5TB. The battery life is extended to 12 hours.

MacBook Air comes in three new stunning colors — gold, silver and space gray.

MacBook Air comes in three new stunning colors — gold, silver and space gray.

Still, the MacBook Air 13.3-inch (Late 2018) is more than just the heap of hardware parts put together in the thin body that is made of 100% recycled aluminum.

Apple added some magic to it as well. MacBook Air 13.3-inch (Late 2018) comes with the Touch ID and Siri. The digital assistant is now available in Mojave macOS, while the Touch ID is tied to Mac unlock and Apple Pay. In fact, a fingerprint can now replace all the passwords and provide an instant access to locked documents, and system settings.

MacBook Air includes macOS Mojave, featuring Dark Mode, Stacks, new apps and a redesigned Mac App Store.

MacBook Air includes macOS Mojave, featuring Dark Mode, Stacks, new apps and a redesigned Mac App Store.

Trying to roll out an ideal digital tool and companion Apple overhauled the connectivity as well. The MacBook Air 13.3-inch (Late 2018) features two ports for external connection: Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C). No more adapters! With only this two ports aboard a user can connect as many as four 4K displays or two 5K displays, an external drive, any USB-C device and a charger! Yes, both ports can be used for charging the MacBook Air 13.3-inch (Late 2018)! This is where I gasped when watching the presentation. It’s so unlike Apple! Thank you!

The Thunderbolt 3 bandwidth allows to transfer data at 40Gb/s. What do you need such speed for? You need it to plug in the external eGPUs: Blackmagic and Blackmagic Pro. While ensuring the desktop-class graphics performance, they demand the fastest data exchange. This is the job for the Thunderbolt 3 port.

All-new MacBook Air features Retina display with over 4 million pixels of resolution and 48 percent more color for sharp, detailed text and images.

All-new MacBook Air features Retina display with over 4 million pixels of resolution and 48 percent more color for sharp, detailed text and images.

The MacBook Air 13.3-inch (Late 2018) features the Retina display to match. The display has FOUR million pixels, four times as many as any HD display. The colors are 48% more vivid and the glass covers the screen from edge to edge.

The only drawback, perhaps, is the keyboard with the butterfly mechanism. The same keyboard didn’t work well with MaxBooks Pro.

Specifications

Introduced onOctober 30, 2018
Available onNovember 11, 2018
Processor8th generation Intel Dual Core i5
GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 617
Support for Thunderbolt 3–enabled external graphics processors (eGPUs)
RAM8GB or 16GB 2,133MHz
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1.5TB SSD
DisplayRetina 13.3-inch 2560×1600-pixel resolution
Battery LifeUp to 12 hours
Wireless802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
PriceStarting with $1199
(the cheapest Apple device with the Retina display)

MacBook Air 2018 Hands-On: The one you’ve been waiting for [Video]

Video uploaded by Engadget on October 30, 2018

Apple iPad Pro 2018 11-Inch and 12.9-Inch 3rd Generation

Introducing the new iPad Pro with all-screen design and next-generation performance.

Introducing the new iPad Pro with all-screen design and next-generation performance.

The Apple iPad Pro 2018 11-inch and 12.9-inch 3rd generation is the tablet re-designed and developed entirely by Apple Inc.

The tablet is completely overhauled to meet the modern life challenges. It is only 5.9 mm thin and features the 11-inch or the 12.9-inch Liquid Retina all-screen display.

The highlights of this display are:

  • lowest reflectivity in industry
  • 600 nits brightness
  • P3 wide true-to-life color gamut
  • TrueTone technology
  • ProMotion technology exclusively for iPad Pro. (This technology automatically adjusts the refresh rate based on a usage scenario.)
  • Built in video, external graphic cards supported through Thunderbolt
iPad Pro features a stunning, edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display with rounded corners.

iPad Pro features a stunning, edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display with rounded corners.

The Home button is replaced with the FaceID authentication system. Now FaceID can unlock your device, log in to apps and pay. This means, that the iPad Pro 2018 sports not only a 12MP camera with Smart HDR and 4K support but also a TrueDepth camera. And the Apple engineers managed to squeeze it into the thinnest ever body made entirely of the recycled aluminum.

The iPad Pro 2018 supports the Apple Pencil that has been revised as well. In fact it supports the pencil literally too, because the Apple Pencil now attaches magnetically for pairing and charging! The tools in Photoshop CC can be changed with a double tap on the pencil.

Yes, with the 7nm A12X Bionic inside the iPad Pro 2018 supports the full version of the Adobe Photoshop, the Augmented Reality, and all these in the multitask mode. The tablet can process even the construction drawings in the Autodesk AutoCAD! In other words, it is 5 times faster than most of laptops! A12X comes with the T2 security chip to ensure the secure boot-up and the Neural Engine for advanced machine learning.

More than that, the iPad Pro 2018 now features a USB-C port and thus can be connected not only to external displays but also to cameras or iPhones. By the way, it can charge the iPhone if needed.

The new iPad Pro with Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio offer take-anywhere power and versatility.

The new iPad Pro with Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio offer take-anywhere power and versatility.

The new Smart Keyboard Folio with a full-size keyboard and front and back protection can enrich your experience with the iPad Pro 2018. The keyboard features physical shortcuts as all the hardware Mac keyboards do. It attaches magnetically and has two viewing angles. The attached keyboard triggers auto-wake function. The iPad Pro 2018 is ready to work when you open the cover and goes to sleep when you close it.

The iPad Pro 2018 is ready to connect to the Web wherever you go, Wi-Fi or Gigabit-class LTE alike. Add 10 hours of battery life and you have the most powerful portable digital assistant ever.

The tablet is available since November, 7.

Apple iPad Pro (2018) Hands-On: Even closer to a computer [Video]

Video uploaded by Engadget on October 30, 2018

Mac mini (Late 2018)

All-new Mac mini is more powerful than ever, with quad- and 6-core processors, up to 64GB of faster memory, blazing fast all-flash storage, Thunderbolt 3, Apple T2 Security Chip and a 10Gb Ethernet option.

All-new Mac mini is more powerful than ever, with quad- and 6-core processors, up to 64GB of faster memory, blazing fast all-flash storage, Thunderbolt 3, Apple T2 Security Chip and a 10Gb Ethernet option.

Mac mini (Late 2018) is the long expected desktop re-designed and developed by Apple Inc.

The miniature but powerful desktop arrived when everyone abandoned any hope to ever see it again. The sleek, deep space black Mac mini (Late 2018) means business. It runs the quad-core and hexa-core Intel CPUs of the 8th generation backed up with the Apple T2 Security Chip. The max RAM volume is 64GB while the SSD top storage reaches 2TB. The memory is upgradable. There is an access hatch on the bottom of the Mac Mini (2018

If the Mac mini (Late 2018) lacks graphics, or storage for any task, an array of ports can help to boost the performance beyond the limits. Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports with the enormous data transfer speed (40Gb/s) can save the day. They support eGPUs and any external storage or peripheral device as well as charging. Such versatility is quite uncharacteristic of Apple that has always been fond of proprietary connectors, but the times are changing.

The new Macs mini can be arranged in large clusters up to 8 thousand Macs mini in each. Thus, users can construct the system up to their need.

Specifications

Mac mini now features the Apple T2 Security Chip, enabling on-the-fly data encryption, secure boot and up to 30 times faster HEVC video transcoding.

Mac mini now features the Apple T2 Security Chip, enabling on-the-fly data encryption, secure boot and up to 30 times faster HEVC video transcoding.

Introduced onOctober 30, 2018
Available onNovember 11, 2018
Processor8th generation Intel Core i5, i7; Apple T2 Security Chip
GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 630
RAMUp to 64GB 2666MHz DDR4 SO-DIMM
Storage2TB, read speed up to 3.4GB/s
PortsFour Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), HDMI 2.0, two USB 3, 3.5mm headphone, Ethernet
Size7.7 x 7.7 inch
ColorSpace Black
PriceStarting at $799

Mac Mini: Up close with the all-new tiny desktop [Video]

Video uploaded by CNET on October 30, 2018

 

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  1. Steve Blount

    November 1, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    One of the first reviews ever on these new models. Appreciate it, the prices for these new MacBook Air and iPad seem rather convenient, at last they lowered them (can’t tell about Mac Mini, never used it).

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