As October comes to close, we ended with Apple’s second and final fall hardware event. Yesterday, the company took over the Brooklyn Academy of Music to unveil a new Retina MacBook Air, the first update to the Mac mini in over four years, and a pair of new iPad Pros.
What was your favorite announcement at Apple’s October event?
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For all of yesterday’s announcements, be sure read our full roundup right here. Apple kicked things off by announcing a brand new Retina MacBook Air, which is even thinner and lighter than the previous-generation model. It also includes new Intel processors, Apple’s latest Butterfly keyboard, and more.
As for the Mac mini, it now comes in a new space gray finish – which is its only design change. Under the hood, all Mac mini models now ship with quad-core processors, while there’s also an option to upgrade to a six-core processor. Other changes include all SSD storage, support for up to 32GB of RAM, and more.
Last but not least at Apple’s October event, the company unveiled new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models. The new iPad Pros feature Face ID support, a new edge-to-edge display, and more. In addition to the new iPad Pros, Apple also unveiled a second generation Apple Pencil as well as a new Smart Keyboard Folio for use with the tablet.
Personally, it’s hard to ignore to the potential of the new MacBook Air. While it certainly has its flaws – namely in price – when compared to its predecessor, it’s still a worthwhile replacement to the aging, yet still popular MacBook Air brand. It will likely be a hit among education and student users, while it could also serve as a MacBook Pro alternative for people who want the 13-inch size, but don’t necessarily need the added power.
Prior to the event, 9to5Mac readers said they were most excited about the new iPad Pro and MacBook changes, but we’re curious as to whether that’s still the case. What was your favorite announcement at Apple’s October event? Let us know in the poll below and discuss further down in the comments!