Wednesday, 31 October 2018 06:08

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Apple has launched new MacBook Air, Mac mini and iPad Pro models in Brooklyn overnight, with the most notable feature for all three being elevated prices.

The new MacBook Air will be sold in Australia for $1849 from 7 November onwards. The new iPad Pro, which will have facial authentication, is priced at $1229 while the Australian price for the new Mac Mini is $1249.

The Mac mini has been considerably beefed up, with quad- and six-core processors, up to 64GB of faster memory and all-flash storage.

“Mac mini is loved by customers for its ability to be used in incredibly diverse environments — from casual desktop use, to live professional performances, to multiple Mac mini computers powering through video renderings and compiling software code, to racks of thousands in giant app build farms — anywhere a small but mighty Mac is needed to get the job done,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice-president of Worldwide Marketing.

“Mac mini customers are going to flip over the new Mac mini. It has more than five times the performance, up to 6-core desktop-class processors, the Apple T2 Security Chip, faster memory up to 64GB, high‑performance all-flash storage, and is packed with advanced ports including four Thunderbolt 3, two USB-A, HDMI video, audio and Ethernet up to 10 Gbps.

"All of this power is packed into the same-sized enclosure as before, perfect for customers updating or creating all‑new installations where Mac mini is the ideal solution.”

The iPad Pro has no home button, a USB-C port, gigabit-class LTE and up to 1TB of storage.

Said Schiller: “The new iPad Pro is a huge step forward for powerful, creative, mobile computing; it has an all-new, thinner design; speeds through projects with the super-fast A12X Bionic chip and unlocks with a glance using Face ID in any orientation — while you’re sitting or standing, with iPad Pro on your desk or lap, with the new Smart Keyboard Folio and new Apple Pencil."

The new MacBook Air will have a Retina display, faster SSDs, wide stereo sound, the Apple T2 Security Chip and Thunderbolt 3.

“Redesigning MacBook Air started with a stunning Retina display and all-day battery life, and then we added Touch ID and the Apple T2 Security Chip, the latest processors, incredible sound, the third-generation keyboard and Force Touch trackpad, high-speed Thunderbolt 3 ports and, of course, macOS Mojave, in a beautiful, thinner, lighter, all-aluminium design that a whole new generation of MacBook Air customers are going to love," said Schiller.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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