So…. What Did Apple Announce In New York Today?

Quite a bit was announced at an Apple event in New York this morning. Let me run through the list:

  • Apple announced a new MacBook Air which includes a 13″ Retina Display(!). It hits the streets with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and one headphone jack. From a looks perspective it looks like a MacBook as it comes in three colors. Apple’s T2 security chip is on board along with an 8th-gen Intel Core i5 processor with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1.5TB of SSD storage. You can order it today and expect to get it a week from today starting at $1199 USD.
  • We finally have a new Mac Mini that is clearly aimed at pro users as the starting price of $799 USD is a healthy increase over what Apple had out there. The new Mac mini can include up to 64 GB RAM and Core i7 processors, and all models feature solid state drives up to 2TB. The Apple T2 chip is on board along with gigabit Ethernet, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, HDMI port, and USB-A. You can also configure it with 10 Gigabit Ethernet if you so choose. Oh year, there’s a new space gray finish too. You can order it today and it will be available next week.
  • There’s a new iPad Pro with a full-screen design, flat edge, rounded corners, Face ID, and insane storage and performance. The screen is a Liquid Retina display just like the iPhone XR. Under the hood is a A12 Bionic X process with 8-cores and a 7-core GPU. That serves up 35% faster CPU year-over-year. 90% faster CPU for multicore. 1000x faster graphics performance. 1TB of storage is available and so is USB-C. There’s a new Apple Pencil and automatically pairs and charges wirelessly. It magnetically snaps to the new iPad Pro too. There’s also a Smart Keyboard Folio also a new accessory with an adjustable screen-angle. iPad Pro 11-inch priced from $799 USD, and iPad Pro 12.9-inch priced from $999 USB. You can order it today and it will be available next week. Also of note, the older iPad pros are still available.

Also, it was mentioned that iOS 12.1 is out today at most likely 1PM EST. It will bring Group FaceTime, dual SIM support for the new iPhones, and 70 new emojis. I would not be surprised if a macOS Mojave, tvOS 12, and watchOS 5 update ships as well.

I am also watching to see if anything else pops up because Apple does have a habit of making changes after an event without letting anyone know about it. So stay tuned to this post as I will update things accordingly.

UPDATE: The full video of today’s event is available here.

UPDATE #2: As expected, just after 1PM EST this happened:

I have confirmed that tvOS 12.1 is out too along with an update to the HomePod. In other news, Apple apparently has killed off the rose gold 12″ MacBook. It has been replaced with a gold version.

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