Here are the news announced during the launch event organized in New York and dedicated not only to iPad Pro, but in general to Apple's productivity and creativity tools
The New York event for the launch of the new iPad Anticipated in recent days by Apple the second appointment set by the Cupertino house in a few weeks, after the one organized in September to present the new iPhone Xs, Xs Max and Xr to the world; the protagonists of this day will no longer be smartphones and smartwatches, but the company's devices dedicated more specifically to creativity and productivity, i.e. iPad Pro and computers Mac Mini is Macbook Air. The rumors leaked in recent months actually have already revealed a lot of the gadgets that will be revealed shortly; everything else we will find out below shortly.
MacBook AirTo open the presentation were the Macs, protagonists of a moment that seems to be particularly happy. According to Cook, the number of Mac users in fact reached the figure of 100 million, and more than half of those who buy a Mac a new user a percentage that reaches 76% in China. The first gadget announced was a new version of MacBook Air, on which Apple has finally brought the Retina display that he always missed.
The panel frame disappeared almost completely and the display arrived at the diagonal of 13.3 inches; at the same time the number of pixels quadrupled and the color reproduction became more accurate. The new MacBook Air also acquires the system biometric recognition Touch Id(protected by the T2 chip which also offers data encryption, guarantees the integrity of the system and much more), one backlit keyboard with third generation butterfly keys, a trackpad 20% larger with force touch, an audio system with three microphones is two Thunderbolt / usb-c ports capable of connecting external displays, memories but also external graphics cards. All based on processors 8th generation Intel Core i5 and up to 16 GB of ram memory and 1.5 TB dedicated to storage, and inside a shell in 100% recycled aluminum, 17% more compact than its predecessor and weighing 1.2 kilos. Will arrive next week from 1,379 euros, while pre-orders open today.
Following was the turn of Mac Mini, a device very similar to the predecessor in terms of aesthetic appearance, but completely renewed inside. The processors inside are all Intel Core quad core with six core options and they incorporate 8 GB of memory to reach 64, while the on-board memory exclusively SSD is capable of reaching 2 TB. The gadgets are equipped with the same T2 chips as the newly announced MacBook Air, which also deal with video encoding and decoding and other multimedia operations. Connectivity side there are a 10 gb ethernet port, three Thunderbolt ports, hdmi and two full size usb. The price starts from 919 eurosand availability from next week (but also in this case pre-orders can already be made from today).
iPad ProThe moment of iPad Pro opens with the latest milestone reached by the tablet, which with 400 million units sold, has not only sold more than any other tablet, but this year has exceeded the sales of every other notebook manufacturer.
The tablet actually completely changed, as expected by rumors, and now boasts a decidedly cleaner and more modern look. The thickness of the body is reduced to 5.9mm but above all the frames have almost disappeared, so that the more compact version can bring the diagonal to 11 inches, while the 12.9-inch iPad Pro now definitely more compact. The technology behind the LCD panel, while for biometric authentication there is a Face Id systemintegrated within the frame.
The processor on boardA12X Bionic, an enhanced version of the chips made with the production process a 7 nanometers found on the latest iPhones; it is an 8-core processor supported by a 7-core graphics unit and the proven Neural Engine processing unit. According to Apple, the contraption should be twice as fast as its predecessor in terms of graphics performance, which would be equivalent to that of an Xbox One S. Another great novelty that sees iPad compete directly with Windows PCs with the presence of a port usb-c instead of the previous Lightning, so that the gadget can also charge an iPhone through its own communication port. Other features include a four-speaker audio with pairs of woofers and tweeters in each corner and a eSim for lte connectivity.
The accessories are also renewed. The new Apple Pencil magnetically attaches to the frame of the device, coupling and recharging wirelessly on contact. A double tap on the stylus body sends a command to the running app that can be customized by the developer, while the Smart Keyboard Folio it always magnetically attaches to the device in a much simpler way.
The 11-inch version starts from 899 euroswith wifi connectivity and 1069 with lte module, while the 12.9-inch version starts instead from respectively 1,119 and 1,289 euros; for both available memory cuts range from 64 to 1 tb, and the arrival is expected for next week. The second generation Apple Pencil will cost instead 135 euros, while the Smart Keyboard Folio 199 or 219 euros, depending on the size.