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Apple Announces New iPad Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini Models

Apple Announces New iPad Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini Models

By Thomas Kenzaki

Whether you love them or hate them, Apple events are always big news and usually provide great insight on upcoming products. Today was no different as Apple revealed new versions of their popular iPad Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini models. You can watch the full event here.

iPad Pro
Rumours had been swirling about updates to the iPad lineup which also included a possible new design unlike any iPad before it. Today Apple revealed two new iPad Pro models: an 11” and 12.9” version with new slim bezels and Face ID.

The 11” iPad Pro replaces the previous 10.5” model and the 12.9” model remains the same size as its predecessor. Both new iPad Pro models come in at a ridiculously thin 5.9mm thickness which makes them the thinnest iPads ever released.

Customers choosing to upgrade to the new iPad Pros will also enjoy the usual updates in features including increased performance (thanks to the new A12X Bionic chip), a liquid retina display, and the addition of Face ID technology.

The 11” iPad Pro starts at $999 for the WiFi version with 64GB storage and the 12.9” iPad Pro starts at $1249 for the WiFi version with 64GB storage. Pre-orders for both are live today and both have a release date of November 7th.

MacBook Air
One of the biggest complaints users of the previous MacBook Air had was the low resolution display. Today Apple finally gave customers what they wanted, a beautiful new retina display.

The MacBook Air is available in 3 colours (gold, silver, and space gray) and has the same 13.3” display size as before. It features an 8th generation Intel Core i5 CPU with integrated UHD graphics, up to 16gb of memory, a SSD of up to 1.5TB capacity and the bezels are also smaller (I’m starting to see a trend here). A nice upgrade over the previous model MacBook Air. Another great new feature is the addition of Touch ID.

The new MacBook Air starts at $1,499 for the base 1.6GHz dual‑core model with 8GB of memory and a 128GB SSD. You can pre-order yours today ahead of their official release date of November 7th.

Mac mini
Apple’s small form factor computer gets a much needed update. The Mac mini last saw an update in 2014. It has been so long since a refresh that people were wondering if they’d ever see a new model in the Mac mini series.

The new Mac mini does a lot to modernize itself including using 8th generation 6‑core and quad‑core processors, up to 64GB of faster DDR4 memory, faster and larger SSD storage of up to 2TB, and also the addition of Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), HDMI 2.0 and available 10Gb ethernet.

With its refreshed internals, the new Mac mini is now able to take on almost any task from general computing, use as a HTPC, and even industrial-grade tasks. It remains a great option for those with limited space or wanting a minimalist setup and use of their own choice of monitor(s).

The new Mac mini starts at $999 for the base 3.6GHz quad-core model with 8GB of memory and a 128GB SSD. Like the MacBook Air, you can pre-order yours today and it also releases on November 7th.

Final thoughts
It was another solid Apple event with many noteworthy updates to popular model lineups. The iPad Pros new design and spec bump will likely attract new customers and sway users of older iPad models to upgrade as it remains one of the best pro tablet options available.

The MacBook Air and Mac mini updates provide each product a much needed upgrade over their previous versions. Similar Windows based options may provide better specs for the price (when isn’t that the case?) but if you’re a fan of the Apple/Mac ecosystem, these are great new options to have.

While we didn’t get the updated AirPod 2’s we were hoping for or news on the long overdue AirPower wireless charging pad, I’m still excited to try out all of the new products that did get announced.

39 Comments

    • This update will be monumental.
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    • The only product I'm really interested in seeing is an Air with a retina screen.
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    • audit13 wrote:
      Oct 18th, 2018 3:32 pm
      The only product I'm really interested in seeing is an Air with a retina screen.
      I'm predicting the Air will be discontinued. However, they may release a 13" MacBook.
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    • Keigotw wrote:
      Oct 18th, 2018 6:40 pm
      Oct. 30 . 8AM EST ,
      damn so early
      It's 10am EDT...
      But worst if you're in the west coast...
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    • New iPads, and maybe the Mac Mini will finally see a refresh?
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    • EugW wrote:
      Oct 18th, 2018 9:52 pm
      I'm predicting the Air will be discontinued. However, they may release a 13" MacBook.
      I think the "Air" moniker is very valuable to Apple and I predict they'll continue to use it in association with a replacement model. I hope we are both correct:)
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    • audit13 wrote:
      Oct 19th, 2018 9:16 am
      I think the "Air" moniker is very valuable to Apple and I predict they'll continue to use it in association with a replacement model. I hope we are both correct:)
      They already got rid of the "Air" moniker on the iPads. Now they just have iPads and iPad Pros.
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    • EugW wrote:
      Oct 19th, 2018 11:37 am
      They already got rid of the "Air" moniker on the iPads. Now they just have iPads and iPad Pros.
      You are right. I am using an air 2 from two years ago and haven't followed Apple's iPad offerings since then.

      Regardless of what they call the replacement, I'll get one if the SSD is not soldered to the logic board but I'm not hopeful.
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    • audit13 wrote:
      Oct 19th, 2018 12:04 pm
      ................... I'll get one if the SSD is not soldered to the logic board but I'm not hopeful.
      Having the RAM soldered is bad enough, but the SSD?

      I have been looking for a light weight MacBook for travelling for 6 members of my family - they find their MacBook pros too heavy for longer trips, and every Mac that is suitable from a weight point of view seems to have a soldered SSD.
      What the heck is Apple thinking?
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    • audit13 wrote:
      Oct 19th, 2018 12:04 pm
      You are right. I am using an air 2 from two years ago and haven't followed Apple's iPad offerings since then.

      Regardless of what they call the replacement, I'll get one if the SSD is not soldered to the logic board but I'm not hopeful.
      If you're talking iPads, I can't see them EVER making an iPad with a removable storage device, so you might as well give up that idea now. Do you know of ANY manufacturer making tablets that meet that criteria?

      If you're talking MacBooks, then may someday...

      C
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    • the big rumoured updates that have been talked about for over a year now is

      iPad Pro will have Face ID. The CRAZY rumour is that the iPad Pro will have a thunderbolt - C port instead of lightning. Rumour is based on the speculative specs of the iPad.

      The Air or MacBook (12") are going to have a Retina display now going forward.

      The rumours that are probably not going to be true yet:

      32GB of ram in the MacBook Pro retina.... After the last refresh of the MacBook pros it was reported that apple can't figure out how to make 32GB possible in the current design without overheating issues.


      People also expect the Mac Pro to be revealed or at least for apple to mention it.

      Mac mini is suppose to see an update as well as Apple said they still consider the Mini "important"
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    • Right now I'm using a MacBook Pro retina with Apples LG 5k Monitor...

      I'm debating getting another LG5K Monitor.... Any reason not too?
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    • reminder Tomorrow
      8AM EST
      for the Apple event
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    • reminder 10AM
      Apple event
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    • Tim just confirmed everything we thought re: iPad and Apple pencil
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    • Tim just confirmed everything we thought re: iPad and Apple pencil
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    • Tim just confirmed everything we thought re: iPad and Apple pencil
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    • Tim just confirmed everything we thought re: iPad and Apple pencil
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    • Tim just confirmed everything we thought re: iPad and Apple pencil
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    • Tim just confirmed everything we thought re: iPad and Apple pencil
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    • in for 12.9 inch 1TB wifi+cellular iPad Pro plus 2nd gen Pencil. Only $2399 plus $169.
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    • nasa25 wrote:
      Oct 30th, 2018 11:24 am
      in for 12.9 inch 1TB wifi+cellular iPad Pro plus 2nd gen Pencil. Only $2399 plus $169.
      what a deal?
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    • The new Air looks nice but 128 GB SSD for $1,199 USD? Looks like I'll be using my early 2015 Air for a bit longer.
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    • sprung wrote:
      Oct 30th, 2018 11:27 am
      what a deal?
      thinking of posting in the hot deals section and smirking trollfully as the downvotes pour in
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    • Strongly leaning towards the new Macbook Air, but are there any differences between the non-touch bar macbook Pros and the new Air?
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    • the ipad pro looks nice. the air, not so much
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    • Waiting for Roger's to pick one of them up. Hopefully both.

      That 0% finance is nice.

      But they have had eSIM issues and the new Pros are eSIM.

      Likely the reason why they have yet to support the Galaxy Watch LTE due to eSIM issues.
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    • I don't get it at all.

      With a laptop, the camera on the screen faces your face all the time, faceid would work great.

      With a tablet, the camera rarely faces your face [thumb covers it in landscape mode]. Samsung Tab S4's biggest complaint was that the face unlock is terrible, lack of fingerprint reader is huge. They release with faceid and no fingerprint unlock.
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    • SomeGuyGG wrote:
      Oct 30th, 2018 12:46 pm
      I don't get it at all.

      With a laptop, the camera on the screen faces your face all the time, faceid would work great.

      With a tablet, the camera rarely faces your face [thumb covers it in landscape mode]. Samsung Tab S4's biggest complaint was that the face unlock is terrible, lack of fingerprint reader is huge. They release with faceid and no fingerprint unlock.
      Or maybe Apple invested into R&D and know how to get Face ID to work properly on their iPad Pros, in any orientation.

      Samsung came out with Iris Unlock before Apple, yet struggled.

      I don't think you can compare the WTFs from Samsung to Apple.

      Remember the fingerprint sensor on the Note 8? Yet, they fixed it in 2018....
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    • rebel_rfd wrote:
      Oct 30th, 2018 12:33 pm
      Waiting for Roger's to pick one of them up. Hopefully both.

      That 0% finance is nice.

      But they have had eSIM issues and the new Pros are eSIM.

      Likely the reason why they have yet to support the Galaxy Watch LTE due to eSIM issues.
      Price will be:

      $999 down

      $37.50 per month for 24 months on that 256gb 12.9 inch lol
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    • So no new iMacs or 12” MacBook even silently updated. Lame.

      I bought both 16 months ago so I’m good.
      OVOSound wrote:
      Oct 30th, 2018 11:59 am
      Strongly leaning towards the new Macbook Air, but are there any differences between the non-touch bar macbook Pros and the new Air?
      I can’t find the Air’s CPU details anywhere but it looks like a brand new chip. Probably faster than the old Air’s CPU but not by much. The Pro should be faster.
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    • nasa25 wrote:
      Oct 30th, 2018 1:49 pm
      Price will be:

      $999 down

      $37.50 per month for 24 months on that 256gb 12.9 inch lol
      Guessing or you know?

      I mean, I would still get it through Rogers. If they give you a discount on the upfront, still saving over retail.

      I was one of the first last year to order the 10.5". They didn't have proper pricing for it, so they sold it to me at $0 upfront, added the subsidy and just charged me taxes on it.
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    • EugW wrote:
      Oct 30th, 2018 2:11 pm
      So no new iMacs or 12” MacBook even silently updated. Lame.

      I bought both 16 months ago so I’m good.


      I can’t find the Air’s CPU details anywhere but it looks like a brand new chip. Probably faster than the old Air’s CPU but not by much. The Pro should be faster.
      Apples site says this:

      Air 2018:

      1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, with 4MB L3 cache

      Macbook Pro Non Touch Bar:

      2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, with 64MB of eDRAM

      Also worth noting that the integrated gpu on the new Air is an intel UHD 617 while the Pros integrated GPU is the iris plus 640.

      I guess Ill wait for some benchmarks to come out that compare the two.
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