APPLE has unveiled the new iPad Pro, confirming months of rumours that its latest tablet would feature an all-screen display and get rid of the Home button.
The tech company has also announced an updated MacBook Air, and a new Mac Mini desktop computer that’s five times faster than its predecessor
Held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City, today’s event saw Apple reveal the third-generation iPad Pro.
The previous generation had been launched in June 2017, and in the 14 months between then and now Apple has worked out how to improve what was arguably the best tablet on the market.
The new iPad Pro will come with either an 11-inch or 12.9-inch touchscreen, yet unlike its predecessor there will be no physical Home button below its screen.
Instead, Apple’s (VP of Hardware Engineering) John Ternus revealed that the new iPad Pro will be unlocked using Face ID.
But unlike the iPhone X and XS, the iPad Pro’s Face ID system will work from vertical and horizontal orientations, meaning you can turn the tablet on its side and still unlock it with your mug.
And while the iPad Pro had been rumoured to feature the iPhone XS’ powerful A12 Bionic chip, it actually features an updated A12X Bionic chip, which has a whopping 10 billion transistors.
“These iPad Pros are faster than 92% of all portable PCs sold in the last 12 months,” John Ternus proudly proclaimed.
Of course, this kind of firepower comes at a price, with the 11-inch iPad Pro going on sale for £769 on November 7 and the 12.9-inch version retailing for £969.
Another confirmed product was a new Mac Mini, a small desktop computer that ships without a monitor, keyboard or mouse and that’s designed to be highly customisable.
Described by Apple’s Tom Boger as benefitting from its “biggest update ever,” the Mac Mini will be five times faster than its 2014 version and will come with up to six core processors.
It comes out of the box with 8GB of RAM, but can be fitted with up to 64GB of RAM, making it a potentially very fast computer.
And while most desktop and laptop computers come with a hard disk drive (HDD) built in, the Mac Mini will be all flash memory.
Its basic version will come with a 128GB solid state drive (SSD), although it can be boosted up to 2TB.
It’s due to launch on November 7, and will be priced at £799 and £1,099 (for the version with 256GB rather than 128GB of storage).
The other big announcement from Apple was the unveiling of a new MacBook Air, which had last been updated in June 2017.
It boasts a 13.3-inch Retina display capable of displaying more than 4 million pixels, enabling it to produce 48% more colour than its previous version, according to Apple’s Laura Grove.
Like the new iPad Pro, its screen has noticeably narrower borders (or ‘bezels’ in tech-speak) around its edges, so that customers get more display for their money.
And like previous iPhones, the all-new MacBook Air comes with Touch ID, making it more secure than earlier models.
Apple also billed it as the “greenest Mac ever,” given that it (and the Mac Mini) are made out of 100% recycled aluminium.
It will be 17% smaller than its predecessor, and it will also be on sale from November 7, starting from £1,199.
Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard, and iOS 12.1
Aside from these big announcements, Apple also confirmed the launch of a new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.
These are both compatible with the new iPad Pro, although they’ll have to bought separately, at £119 and £179, respectively.
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Finally, while it was hardly a massive surprise, Apple also confirmed that it launched iOS 12.1 today, a new update of its operating system for iPads and iPhones.
And luckily for anyone who can’t spend upwards of £1,000 on a shiny new piece of hardware, this update is available on all iPhones going back to the iPhone 5S, and all iPads running back to the iPad Air.
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