September’s Apple event came and went with the announcement of three new iPhones. But, most Apple fanatics didn’t get what they were really hoping for— the successor to the MacBook Air and an updated iPad Pro. As it turns out, at Apple’s Brooklyn event at Howard Gilman Opera House, the Apple Gawds delivered everything consumers were looking for in a new baseline Macbook model, a beefed up iPad pro and a Mac Mini.
But now, let’s get into some of the specifics.
We’ve got one word: finally. The Mac Mini hasn’t seen a new iteration since 2014— which was a real letdown for anyone who wanted to join Apple’s ecosystem while on a budget with just an external monitor. The new Mac Mini now packs a 6-core 8th-generation Intel Core processors with Turbo Boost Speeds up to 4.6GHz and Intel UHD graphics. It’s also equipped with With four Thunderbolt 3 ports and connects to 4K and 5K Thunderbolt displays ensuring that your viewing experience is crisp AF. It’ll run you $799 and goes on sale November 7.
If this one looks a little familiar, that’s because it bears a strong resemblance to 2016’s MacBook Pro albeit a bit more tapered to resemble the Air’s legacy design. The entry-level laptop finally has a Retina display and those hideous gray bezels are finally trimmed down and met with a more aesthetically pleasing black. One of the coolest features is the Touch ID option at the top of the keyboard to make security way easier but still secure. Starting at $1,199 it’s not the cheapest laptop, but it might be worth it.
The tablet that everyone has been waiting for and frankly the most exciting announcement of the event was the heavy-duty iPad Pro. Starting at $799, the iPad Pro is chalked full of new features like Face ID that works in both portrait and landscape modes which makes sense now that the home button is gone. Now rocking an A12X Bionic chip, Apple claims its 35 percent faster and should last you all day.
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