Apple Event Highlights: New iPad Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini Launched models: Everything from price to specifications. Apple announced the 2018 models of iPad Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini at its Brooklyn event today. The biggest change that has come down to the new members of iPad and Mac lines is the arrival of Face ID on the iPad Pro 2018 and Touch ID on the MacBook Air 2018.
The iPad Pro 2018 comes with narrower bezels, ruling out the need of the Home button in favor of Face ID that is facilitated by the TrueDepth camera located on the top bezel. The MacBook Air 2018 model now sports the Liquid Retina Display, which is similar to the one on iPhone Xr, however, with 4 times resolution. It has Touch ID now, that is already available on the MacBook Pro models. And finally, the Mac mini, which was in a dire need of an update since its last update, now features up to 6 cores and 64GB RAM.
The new Apple Pencil has been priced at $129 whereas the new smart keyboard folio comes in at a cost of 179$. The Apple iPad Pro 2018 comes in two display variants – an all-new 11-inch and the 12.9-inch versions. There is a Liquid Retina Display on the iPad Pro that stretches out to the edges – left to right and top to bottom. The bezels have become 50 percent thinner than those on the predecessor models. The major redesign is the removal of the Home button in favor of the Face ID facial scanning technology that Apple introduced with the launch of the iPhone X last year.
This year Apple bid adieu to the Home button not only on the iPad Pro but the new iPhone models – the iPhone Xr, iPhone Xs, and iPhone Xs Max. The interface now includes gestures to go to the home screen, jump between the apps, and go the all apps screen. It is powered by the new Bionic A12 Chip and is expected to deliver more power as well.