Everything You Need to Know About Apple's New Macs and iPad Pro

By | October 30, 2018

Apple rolled out the red carpet at its Cupertino HQ for a big hardware event earlier this fall, but those announcements weren’t the only new gear of the season. Today, the company set up shop in Brooklyn, New York, to debut its second round of new products ahead of the holidays.

The hardware unveiled in September was focused on Apple’s smartphone ecosystem, with the new iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, along with the Apple Watch Series 4. This latest round of gear is more focused on computing, featuring updates to the company’s tablet and computer lines.

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MensHealth.com was on-site in Brooklyn to see the big event and check out all the new gear in person. Here are the three biggest announcements from Apple’s event.

MacBook Air

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The new MacBook Air.

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The first update came to Apple’s computers and the MacBook Air line. The super-slim computers received their first major update since 2015. The notebooks got thinner, lighter, and even more powerful, made out of a brand new aluminum alloy designed specifically by Apple to use recycled materials.

  • Retina Display with 4 million pixels and 48 percent more color than previous models
  • Super-small bezels
  • Next-gen butterfly keyboard
  • TouchID in the keyboard
  • Force Touch trackpad
  • Improved speakers
  • 2 USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) ports
  • Up to 16 GB of memory (2x the previous generation of Air)
  • All-day battery life
  • 15.6 mm thick, 2.75 pounds (17 percent less volume than last generation)
  • Made from 100 percent recycled aluminum

    The new MacBook Air starts at $ 1199. You can pre-order now, with the computer available November 7.

    Mac Mini

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    The new Mac Mini.

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    Apple’s cult favorite Mac Mini desktop also received an update for the first time in four years. The computer added more ports, power, and storage capacity.

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    • 4 core and 6 core processors
    • 5 times faster than previous generations
    • Up to 64 GB of memory
    • All-flash storage up to 2 TB
    • 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports
    • Made from 100 percent recycled aluminum

      The Mac Mini starts at $ 799, with pre-orders starting today. Retail availability starts on November 7.

      iPad Pro

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      The brand new iPad Pro.

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      Apple’s most powerful tablet got a makeover, marking the most dramatic update since the iPad debuted in 2010. The line debuts the same edge-to-edge display used in the current generation of iPhones, finally removing the home button from all of Apple’s products. The new iPads also adopted the USB-C port, making it the first time an Apple tablet or phone ditched the proprietary lighting port.

      • Liquid Retina LCD display
      • 12.9-inch and 11-inch sizes
      • 5.9 mm thick
      • True Depth camera and FaceID
      • A12X Bionic chip
      • All-day battery life
      • USB-C port
      • New magnetic Apple Pencil
      • 64 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1TB options

        Starting at $ 799 and $ 999 for the 11-inch and 12.1-inch models, respectively. Pre-orders start today, with retail availability on November 7.

        Apple CEO Tim Cook also hyped up iOS 12.1, the latest version of software for iPhones and iPads featuring 70 new emojis and other features.

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