Introducing the new iPad Pro

Introducing the new iPad Pro

Also, new Macs presented at Apple Event

At the Apple event on October 30, 2018, Apple CEO Tim Cook has introduced many new products – including a completely new MacBook Air and a new iPad Pro.

Read on to find out all the information about the new Apple devices and what else they have in store.  

Apple Event on October 30, 2018: New iPad Pro presented

After Apple introduced the new iPhone models iPhone XS, XS Max and XR in September, many Apple experts wondered ‘what about updates for the iPad Pro and the various Mac models?’  This question was answered by Apple CEO Tim Cook at the Apple event on October 30, 2018 in New York.

Under the motto “There’s more in the making”, we’re talking about “We’re working on further innovations”, a new iPad Pro and the long-awaited update for the almost eleven-year-old MacBook Air were in focus. In addition, there were also other innovations and the long overdue new iOS version iOS 12.1.

iOS 12.1 now also allows group FaceTime calls. (Image: Apple)

iOS 12.1 released at the Apple event

Already, since he announcement of the new iOS version in June, Apple has introduced some new features that were not available when deploying iOS 12 in September. Above all, this it includes the option of making video and audio calls with up to 32 people via FaceTime. However, with the release of iOS 12.1, Apple will be able to do just this in the long-awaited feature.

In addition, you can now use the eSim on the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR . In addition, iOS 12.1 fixes some flaws of the new iPhone models , which were responsible among other things for Beautygate. There are also many new emojis available to you with iOS 12.1.

New MacBook Air comes with Retina Display

The main focus of the Apple event was the presentation of new hardware. Particularly eagerly awaited were two product updates, namely a new iPad Pro and a new MacBook Air. The latter, at the age of almost eleven, was already long in the tooth, and many experts had already believed the MacBook Air to be dead. It is still one of the most popular MacBook models.

The new MacBook Air 2018 comes with extensive hardware enhancements. (Image: Apple)

New MacBook Air with many hardware improvements

Now that a new MacBook Air has been presented, many users are happy, because it will receive extensive hardware improvements. The MacBook Air 2018 comes with a new 13.3 inch Retina display that can compete with the Pro models. At the same time, however, the housing is 17 percent narrower than in the previous Air models. In addition, the new MacBook Air features TouchID, the Butterfly keyboard familiar from the MacBook Pro, and two USB-C-compatible Thunderbolt 3 ports.

The new MacBook Air is available in three popular colours – Space Gray, Silver and Gold. The cheapest variant with 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, eight gigabytes of RAM and 128 GB of SSD storage costs £1199. If you need more storage, the model with 256 GB SSD storage costs £1399. Both models can be ordered from now, with delivery at the start of next week.

No homebutton, FaceID and USB-C connection: the new iPad Pro comes in a new design. (Image: Apple)

New iPad Pro relies on FaceID

Particularly eagerly awaited was the presentation of the new iPad Pro 2018. Already in the run-up there were numerous reports, which indicated significant changes in the appearance of the Apple tablet. The fact that a new iPad Pro was actually presented was no surprise. Nevertheless, there were plenty of new features to marvel at on the new model.

The most noticeable change of the new iPad Pro is the absence of the home button. Similar to the iPhone XR, Apple is using a liquid retina display that runs from edge to edge on the new tablet version. The device is unlocked by FaceID. There are still two sizes available, namely 11 inches and 12.9 inches screen size. By dispensing with the home button, the display is now larger, especially if the 11-inch model, even if the housing size remains almost the same.

New iPad Pro with USB-C port

Even when connecting the users have to do without the usual Lightning connection. Instead, the new iPad Pro comes with a USB-C port, via which an external monitor can be connected or the iPhone can be charged. As with the new iPhones, the new Apple tablet also relies on the A12X Bionic chip, which should provide significantly more power.

Also in terms of software Apple excels again. In a demo, Adobe showed a “real” Photoshop for the iPad, which will once again pave the way for the iPad Pro as a notebook replacement. There are also more storage options available for the new iPad Pro. You can even choose a model with up to a terabyte flash memory. However, this has its price: The most expensive variant costs £1519 (11 inches) or £1719 (12.9 inches). The cheap version with 64 GB of memory and 11-inch screen size is available for £769.

The new Mac Mini comes with many peripheral device ports. (Image: Apple)

Mac Mini and Apple Pencil presented at Apple event

So we have a new iPad Pro and a new MacBook Air – but what else has Apple introduced? There is the long-awaited update for the Mac Mini. Again, Apple has relented in the hardware properly and the small desktop Mac has had a comprehensive update.

So the Mac Mini 2018 runs with a much faster processor and can be equipped with up to 64 GB of RAM. In the cheapest version with eight GB of RAM and 128 GB of SSD memory, the new Mac Mini costs £799. The most expensive variant comes to at least £1099 – depending on the selected memory.

Also for the Apple Pencil there was an update at the Apple Event. In the future, the Apple Pencil will magnetically connect to the edge of the iPad Pro and will be charged directly wirelessly. Apple has made some improvements to the functions and given the stylus some new features. You can learn more about this in the article by Rene Ritchie for example .

New iPad Pro and more – what are your favorites?

At its Apple event, Apple has presented all sorts of new products: a new iPad Pro, a new MacBook Air, a new Mac Mini and a revised Apple Pencil. Which of these delights do you find particularly interesting? Let us know in our comments.

By the way: If you want to set up a new iPad Pro and need help with it, come to your local TrustATec partner.  

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