In this week’s top stories: Everything Apple announced at its October event, iOS 12.1 is here, we spend some time with the iPhone XR, and more. Read on for all of this week’s top Apple stories below.

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After a full month of speculation, Apple officially held its October event this week in Brooklyn. The event brought the introduction of a new Retina MacBook Air, a new Mac mini, and a pair of new iPad Pros.

The Retina MacBook Air starts at $1,199 in price and is available in three colors for the first time: silver, space gray, and gold. Under the hood, it’s powered by an 8th-gen Intel Core i5 process with 8GB of RAM. You get Touch ID, Apple’s T2 security chip, USB-C, and a Butterfly keyboard, as well.

Meanwhile, the new Mac mini is available solely in space gray and by default is powered by a quad-core processor. There’s also the option to upgrade to a six-core processor if you need more power. Much like the MacBook Air, you get Apple’s T2 security chip. The Mac mini starts at $799.

Rounding out the hardware announcements of this week is the new iPad Pro lineup. As expected, the new iPad Pro is available in 11-inch and 12.9-inch form factors with no Home button and Face ID support. The display stretches further to the edges this time around, and Apple has released a new Smart Keyboard Folio and Apple Pencil to accompany the new iPad Pro.

The new 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799, while the 12.9-inch starts at $999.

This week also marked the release of iOS 12.1, as well as the beginning of the iOS 12.1.1 beta testing period.  iOS 12.1 includes new features such as dual-SIM support, Group FaceTime, new Emoji, and more.

Last but not least, Apple reported its Q4 earnings this week. The company generated $62.9b in revenue and $14.12b profit from 46.89m iPhones, 9.69m iPads, and 5.3m Macs sold. Read our full coverage here.

These and the rest of this week’s top Apple stories below…

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