Apple unveils all-new MacBook Air, Mac Mini and iPad Pro (PHOTOS)

Oct 30 2018, 3:38 pm

Less than two months ago, Apple released their latest wave of iPhones, showcasing the XS, XS Max, and XR.

Now, 10 years after the release of the first-ever MacBook Air, Apple has released their latest version of the lightweight notebook, as well as the new Mac Mini, iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard Folio.

So without further ado, here’s a look at Apple’s latest wave of new products.

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The 2018 MacBook Air



The latest edition of the MacBook Air will come at two price points, $1,499 and $1,749.

Both models boast a 13.3-inch Retina display and according to Apple, 48% more colour than previous generations, meaning sharper, more lifelike images.

Also included is a Touch ID – a fingerprint sensor built right into the keyboard – as well as the Apple T2 security chip.



Taking a deeper look into the specs, both price points of the MacBook Air utilizes an 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor and Intel UHD graphics.

The biggest difference between the two models is that the $1,499 price point utilizes a 128 GB SSD storage; the $1,749 offers 256 GB SSD storage.



From a physical standpoint, the new models are made from an aluminum alloy that’s 100% made of recycled materials.

According to the company, the custom-designed alloy reduces the notebook’s carbon footprint by nearly 50Z%, making it the greenest Mac ever.

It’s also 10% thinner, more than 100 grams lighter than previous generations, and comes in rose gold, space grey, and silver.



The MacBook Air can be pre-ordered online starting today and will be available in stores on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

Mac Mini


The brand new Mac Mini (Apple)

The Mac Mini is meant to pack a serious punch, albeit with an understated design.

The focus on this latest instalment was increased power and performance, without compromising size or user-friendliness.



An exterior look at the new Mac Mini

Two models are available for users at two different price points, $999 and $1,399. The entry-level version includes a quad-core 8th generation Intel Core i3 processor.

The higher price point offers a 6-core 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor.

Both models will use an Intel UHD 630 graphics card, although the premium model will have double the storage – 256 GB, versus 128 GB.

According to the company, the new Mac Mini is also five times faster than previous generations.


An overhead view of the Mac Mini’s interior

Other features include four Thunderbolt 3 ports, and HDMI 2.0 port, two USB ports, and for the first time, a 10 GB Ethernet option.

Similar to the MacBook Air, the Mac Mini’s new aluminum alloy is made from 100% recycled materials, again, reducing the products carbon footprint by nearly 50%.

iPad Pro


The new iPad Pro, alongside the new Apple Pencil

Apple has sold over 400 million iPads to-date, making it not only the most popular tablets but one of the most popular computers in the world.

The biggest overhaul in this year’s edition the use of a liquid Retina display, available in an 11-inch and 12.9-inch screen.

Another major update is the use of the A12X Bionic chip, a welcome upgrade from the A10X Fusion of previous generations.

Like the iPhone, Apple has also decided to forego the home button on the iPad Pro, opting for the use of Face ID.



From a physical standpoint, both the 12.9-inch and the 11-inch iPad Pro are 5.9 mm thin – 25% thinner than older models.

The 11-inch also weighs several grams less than last year’s 10.5-inch model, meaning a larger screen and boosted performance in a lighter design.

Both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch model will be available in silver and space grey, in 64 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB.

Prices start at $999 for the 11-inch and $1,449 for the 12.9-inch.

Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio

Unveiled hand-in-hand with the iPad Pro were the new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio, meant to help users reach new levels of precision and productivity.

The Apple Pencil, pictured below, attaches to the iPad magnetically for pairing and wireless charging.



The Smart Keyboard is a full-sized keyboard that never needs to be charged or paired, while also protecting the front and back of the iPad.


The Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio connected to an iPad Pro

The second generation Apple Pencil will be available for $169. The Smart Keyboard Folio, which comes in space grey, can be purchased for $239 for the 11-inch and $269 for the 12.9-inch.

Both products can be pre-ordered on the website now and will be available for in-store purchase on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

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