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Apple October Event – A Brief Overview

Apple’s much-awaited final hardware event for the year 2018 was scheduled at New York on October 30th. This event concentrated on Mac devices and a new iPad. This event turned out to be a great event with the announcements of the following products.

  • MacBook Air
  • Mac Mini
  • iPad Pro
  • Apple Pencil

Let us see in detail about these products and its features.

MacBook Air:

After a long wait, MacBook Air users are going to get Retina Display. Along with Retina Display, now the device has Touch ID, modern keyboard and force trackpad. The new MacBook Air will be available in three colours namely Silver, Space Grey and Gold finish. This version of MacBook has become thinner, lighter and enhanced with Apple T2 security chip. The force trackpad is 20% larger than before and will allow more gestures and haptic feedback. Now you can upgrade the memory up to 16GB RAM and storage up to 1.5TB SSD. Check more about the new MacBook Air at the Product page of Apple.

Mac Mini:

Mac Mini is probably the most awaited product for a very long time from the Mac users. Coming after a long gap of 4 years, the new Mac Mini is all beefed up with eighth generation Quad Core and 6 Core processors, faster DDR4 memory up to 64GB and all-flash storage up to 2TB. This new device speeded up to give 5X system performance and achieves the frequency of 4.6GHZ clock speed with the help of turbo boost. With the 6 core processors, it runs Xcode 2.2X faster and Webkit Compile 3.4X faster. Along with all these, Mac Mini comes with 2 USB-A ports, 4 USB-C/ Thunderbolt ports, and an ethernet port. These upgrades can very well prove to be one of the best upgrades by Apple. To know more about the new Mac Mini, click the Mac Mini Page.

iPad Pro:

The final big product from the announcement is iPad Pro. The new iPad Pro will be available in two screen sizes of 11″ and 12.9″. It has an edge to edge liquid Retina display like the new iPhone XR. The new iPad Pro has no home button and can be unlocked by Face ID. It has been told that the Face ID will work perfectly in both Portrait and Landscape mode. iPad Pro is powered by the A12X Bionic chip for faster performance which allowed new photoshop and project AR by Adobe to run seamlessly without any compromise in performance.  Apple has updated human interface guidelines for giving your app support to latest iPad pro. For complete details refer to this link. Developers can look into this link for optimising your app for iPad Pro. This new revamped iPad Pro might well replace a lot of Notebooks. Check in the iPad Pro page to know more about the product.

Apple Pencil:

This is the best companion for new iPad Pro. Apple completely redesigned Apple Pencil 2 which magnetically attaches to iPad Pro to pair and charge wirelessly. You can double tap in Apple Pencil to change tool/options in apps and it’s customisable. For example, you can double tap to switch between brushes or switch to eraser in notes apps in iPad Pro. Click in the link to know more about Apple Pencil.

Other Key takeaways:

Apart from the above-mentioned product announcements, Apple emphasised on its go green approach with their products. Both the MacBook Air and Mac Mini metal body is made with 100% recycled Aluminum. They have developed an alloy on Aluminum to achieve this. Another important announcement is increasing the sessions of Today at Apple events to reach more people.


Karthick S,
iOS Development Team,
Mallow Technologies.

 

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