As expected, Apple spent today’s event in Brooklyn, New York, focused on new iPad Pro, new MacBook Air, and Mac mini.
Apple revealed the all-new iPad Pro, with an edge-to-edge LCD “Liquid Retina” display, slimmer bezels, no Home Button, Face ID, and a magnetic attachment support for the new Apple Pencil.
Powering the iPad Pro is a new A12X Bionic chi. A12X Bionic has eight total cores that provide up to 35 percent faster single-core performance. There’s also a seven-core GPU to deliver up to twice the graphics performance, fueling new AR experiences and console-quality graphics.
The new 11-inch iPad Pro has the same footprint as the previous 10.5-inch iPad Pro, but now with a bigger display thanks to the slimmer bezels. The 12.9-inch version is actually smaller than the previous 12.9-inch model but with the same screen size.
Mac Book Air
The new Air features 50 percent smaller bezels, allowing for a reduced footprint while retaining the same screen size.The 13.3-inch display has a native resolution of 2,560-by-1,600 pixels, with scaled resolutions of 1680 x 1050, 1440 x 900, and 1024 x 640. With the Intel UHD Graphics 617, the new MacBook Air can support one external display with 5120 x 2880 resolution at up to 60Hz or to two external displays with 4096 x 2304 resolution at up to 60Hz over Thunderbolt 3.It has an 8th-gen Intel Core i5, with Intel UHD Graphics and 2133 MHz system memory up to 16GB (8GB standard), with faster SSDs up to 1.5TB in capacity.
There’s a new Touch ID fingerprint sensor at the top right of the keyboard, alongside the physical function keys. Apple’s T2 Security Chip is included, brought over from the MacBook Pro and iMac Pro — it protects Touch ID data, while also ensuring that the boot process has not been tampered with. There’s an onboard SSD controller with on-the-fly data encryption for the Air’s flash storage. It also enables “Hey Siri” support.
The new space gray Mac mini comes with quad- and 6-core 8th-generation Intel Core processors with Turbo Boost Speeds up to 4.6GHz, making it 5 times faster than the previous generation.
Apple boosts the maximum amount of memory supported from 16GB to 64GB, and the machine uses 2666MHz SO-DIMMs. The Mac mini also features flash storage that the company says is four times faster than the four-year-old predecessor, and can be outfitted with a maximum amount of 2TB.
The new Mac mini also includes Intel UHD graphics, Apple’s new T2 security chip, a Gigabit Ethernet, 4x Thunderbolt ports, HDMI, a headphone jack, and two USB-A ports, along with a 10Gb Ethernet option.