Granting anticipated updates to a few of it’s most popular devices, Apple unveiled various hardware refreshes in Brooklyn this week with the introduction of a new iPad Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini.

The event, which was held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, follows on from Apple’s first keynote event back in September where the tech giant unveiled the latest iPhone XS, XS Max and iPhone XR.

Ipad Pro

Confirming speculations, the newly refreshed iPad Pro eliminates the home button and now supports Apple’s facial recognition technology, Face ID.

Although the device maintains it’s 12.9-inch display, the body is much thinner, resulting in being 15% smaller than previous models. Similar to the newly released iPhone XR, the tablet features an edge-to-edge LCD display and is available in both 11 and 12.9-inches.

iPad Pro with Face ID

iPad Pro with Face ID

Stating that it makes the tablet 35% faster, Apple unveiled that the refreshed iPad operates on an excelling A12X bionic chip, a notch that is more powerful than the company’s flagship XS and XS Max smartphones. 

Alike Apple’s high-end iPhone XS and XS Max, the tablet does not include a traditional headphone jack. So customers will need to adopt the use of wireless headphones or purchase an adapter to plug in. The device has swapped the Apple lightning jack with a USB-C port, which will allow users to connect to accessories like a digital camera and high-res desktop displays.

iPad Pro: Apple Pencil

iPad Pro: Apple Pencil

Apple Pencil: Apple has updated the iPad Pro’s high-tech stylus, the Apple Pencil. The devices pencil connects magnetically to the side of the tablet to automatically charge.

The iPad Pro is available in silver and grey finishes with the option to choose from a capacity of either 64GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB. The 11-inch model of the tablet will start at £769, with the 12.9-inch model starting at £969.

You can order the new iPad Pro direct from Apple.

MacBook Air 

Alongside a 13.3-inch, edge-to-edge retina display, the updated MacBook Air comes with Touch ID which allows users to unlock the laptop by scanning a fingerprint, a third-generation butterfly keyboard, and bezels that are 50% slimmer.

Bringing an even more portable design to the desired notebook, the 2018 MacBook Air delivers all-day battery life, audio speakers which are 25% louder, and built-in Siri.

MacBook Air

MacBook Air

The new MacBook features an 8th generation Intel dual-core i5 processor, Intel UHD graphics and up to 16GB of RAM. Additionally, the device features SSDs that reach up to 1.5TB in capacity.

The 3.5mm headphone jack remains, beside two USB-C ports. The laptop is also lighter than the previous model, weighing just 2.75 pounds.  

MacBook Air

MacBook Air

Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Philip Schiller, states:

“Redesigning MacBook Air started with a stunning Retina display and all-day battery life, and then we added Touch ID and the Apple T2 Security Chip, the latest processors, incredible sound, the third-generation keyboard and Force Touch trackpad, high speed Thunderbolt 3 ports, and of course macOS Mojave in a beautiful, thinner, lighter, all-aluminum design that a whole new generation of MacBook Air customers are going to love.”

Prices start at £1,199 and increase with the addition of more memory. The MacBook Air is available in gold, silver and space grey and is open to order direct from the Apple store today.

Mac Mini 

The Mac Mini, a desktop computer which connects to an external monitor,  was also introduced at Apple’s big event in Brooklyn. 

With up to 5 times faster performance, the updated device features an 8th generation 6-core or quad-core processors and can support up to 64GB RAM and 2TB of flash storage.

Mac Mini

Mac Mini

Commenting on the Mac Mini, senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Philip Schiller 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.”

As the Mac Mini hasn’t been updated since 2014, Apple has made sure to include some big updates, including its new T2 security chip. Additionally, the Mac Mini features a range of ports which include four USB-C ports, an HDMI, Ethernet, and two USB-A ports.

Mac Mini

Mac Mini

The New Mac Mini is available to order direct from Apple today and starts at £799.

Watch a summary of what was announced during Apple’s event in just 9 minutes:

If you are thinking about purchasing one of Apple’s newly refreshed products or own an Apple device already, then be sure to visit our website to get all the accessories you need to compliment your flash new devices.

Anya Beuzeval

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