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Apple launch new iPad Pro and MacBook Air at October 2018 Apple Event

Apple have launched yet more technology at its October 2018 Apple Event

Apple have launched yet more technology at its October 2018 Apple Event and we're here to give you the lowdown and all of the information you need to know.

It's Apple's second Event this year and as per usual, they've not held back and have released yet more products to the already great lineup. Here's all you need to know.

New MacBook Air

That's right. The time has finally arrived where our old friend, the MacBook Air, gets a much needed upgrade.

When taking a quick and first look, it almost looks the same as the light MacBook and has the same colour choices too. Before we get into colour choices and everything else, screen size is first and foremost on the menu.

13.3-inch, 2560 x 1600. With this, you're also getting Apple's high quality Retina display as well. On phones and tablets, bezels seem to be a bit thing at the moment and Apple has certainly done such as great job with the new iPhone XS, XS Max and iPhone XR. The bezel on the new Air is slimmer than the previous model, just as we'd expected. Apple claim the new MacBook Air is 17% smaller than the old, previous version. This will mean it's lighter, too.

Ports are also a big taking point these days and it seems that the MacBook Air will have pretty much the same as the light MacBook. You'll get: two USB C ports (both supporting Thunderbolt 3) and the standard 3.5 mm headphone jack we know and love. You can, at extra costs, but external hubs with a wider choice of ports, if needed.

How much storage are you getting on the new MacBook Air? If you go for the top end option, it'll be packed with 1.5 TB and that's more than enough. To learn more about storage on the new MacBook Air, you can visit Apple's website. (

Other features include Touch ID which is already on Macs with the touch bar. This will mean you just use your finger or thumb to unlock your MacBook Air - no need to remember another password. Note the new MacBook Air does not have the Touch Bar built in, instead you'll have the normal function (Fn) keys you're used to.

The Air also comes with the Force Touch trackpad and the butterfly style keyboard. At this time, we are not sure if it will be any better than the previous butterfly keyboard. Voice assistant Siri is also on the new Air.

Re-visiting the colour options that we mentioned above, you can choose from: Gold, Silver and Space Grey.

You can pre-order the new MacBook Air now. They'll be available from 7 November this year.

iPad Pro (2018)

The next generation iPad Pro is here.

It has been totally redesigned and much like the new iPhone fleet, the iPad Pro has been slimmed down, has smaller bezels, Face ID is now on the new Pro and there is no home button. To get back to the Home screen, just swipe up from the bottom of the iPad. This works in both portrait and landscape mode.

There are two versions you can choose from. The first having a 12.9 inch display and the second being smaller at 11 inches. Both support USB C charging.

Whilst on previous models you could unlock iPad with your finger, you can no longer do that as there is no home button. Instead, Face ID can be used and this means your iPad unlocks when you look at it. Face ID means you can pay for apps, music and more.

Just like the new iPhone XR, both new iPad Pro models have the liquid retina display and the edge to edge screen makes it look stunning from whatever angle you look.

You can pre-order both models right now from Apple, shipping on the same date as the MacBook Air. The smaller 11 inch Pro has a starting price of £769 and bigger 12.9 inch starts at £969

Apple Pencil 2 (2018)

Just like the iPad, the Apple Pencil has had an upgrade. It's now called the Apple Pencil 2. Lovely.

The new Apple Pencil 2 can be attached to iPad Pro for pairing and charging. It just clips onto the side, thanks to a magnet.

And, depending what app you're in, simply double tap to change tools. You can change brushes and switch to the eraser with ease.

Pencil 2 from Apple ships on November 7 2018 as well and it costs £119.00. It can be pre-ordered now from Apple's website.

Mac Mini

Mac Mini has been upgraded too.

If you're not sure what the Mac mini is, it's like a desktop PC, but smaller (hence the name, Mini) and external things can be plugged in and it can be connected up to a monitor of choice.

You're getting 8th gen quad-core Intel GPU. Memory wise you're getting up to 64GB RAM and you can upgrade to a max of 2TB of storage too. Plenty of space to store all your files, photos, moves and anything else, really.

Ports are important on the Mac Mini are you're going to went to plug a monitor into it. The ports you will have access to are: a HDMI port, 3.5 mm headphone jack, Ethernet (for network cables) port, four Thunderbolt (USB C) ports and two USB A (standard / normal) ports. Because the Mac mini is Bluetooth enabled, you ran use the Apple magic mouse and keyboard.

The starting price for the new 2018 Mac Mini is £799 and just like all the other products listed above, ships on November 7 2018.

We will have more news, reviews and information in the near future regarding the all new Apple products and will keep you updated.

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