Apple unveiled its latest iPad Pro models and Mac computers at an event in Brooklyn recently, offering long-awaited updates to some of its most popular devices.
The new iPad Pros eliminate the home button and incorporate Apple’s facial recognition technology, Face ID, that was introduced with the company’s iPhone X product line last year.
The tablets feature the same edge-to-edge LCD display that Apple introduced with the recently released iPhone XR, and they come with 11- and 12.9-inch displays. The Pro is thinner than ever and comes with sharper edges.
The iPads run on A12X bionic chips, a notch more powerful than Apple’s high-end iPhone XS and XS Max smartphones. They ship with up to 1 terabyte of storage, and trade out Apple’s typical Lightning port for a USB-C port, similar to high-end computers. The USB-C port will also let users connect accessories like digital cameras and high-resolution desktop displays to the iPad Pro. It does not have a traditional headphone jack, which means you will need an adapter to plug in your headphones.
The new iPad Pro starts at $799 for the 11-inch model and $999 for the 12.9-inch model. Both models are available to order Tuesday and will arrive on Nov. 7.
Apple updated its high-tech stylus, the Apple Pencil, as well. It now magnetically attaches to the tablet to charge wirelessly. It also has touch gestures for switching between digital drawing tools on the iPad.
The new MacBook Air comes with a 13.3-inch, edge-to-edge retina display, as well as Touch ID that allows users to unlock the device with the scan of a fingerprint. The sensor sits in the keyboard and enables touch-based Apple Pay.
Apple revamped the keyboard and track pad, too, and upgraded the microphones and speakers for better audio. The new MacBook Air offers up to 16GB of storage — double the memory capacity of its predecessor.
Apple said it has made the computer lighter and reduced its overall volume by 17 percent. Every new MacBook Air is made entirely from recycled aluminum, the company said.
The new MacBook Air starts at $1,199, about $100 cheaper than the baseline MacBook computer, but more expensive than the last generation of MacBook Air, which started at $999. It’s available to order Tuesday, and will be available for pickup Nov. 7.
Apple also introduced a new Mac mini Tuesday, in the first update to the smaller Mac model in four years.
The Mac mini is a desktop computer that connects to an external monitor. It comes with up to 64GB of memory and works five times faster than its predecessor, Apple said. Like the new Air, it’s made entirely of recycled aluminum.
It starts at $799, and it too is available to order Tuesday. It will be available for pickup Nov. 7.
Finally on Tuesday, Apple announced its latest operating system, iOS 12.1 is available to install for iPhone and iPad users.