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Apple has officially unveiled their latest range of devices, including the all-new and revamped Apple MacBook Air, two new Apple iPad Pro tablets with slimmer bezels and the new Apple Mac Mini with upgraded specifications. The new Apple iPad Pro tablets come in two different screen sizes and are capable of running full versions of popular professional applications such as Adobe Photoshop and Autodesk AutoCAD.
The new tablets are now called the Apple iPad Pro 11 and the Apple iPad Pro 12.9. And since the screen bezels are thinner, Apple has taken away the Touch ID and replaced it with the Face ID scanner (similar to the Apple iPhone X). A new feature is that the tablet is capable of rotating the screen content rotates, according to the position of your face, instead of depending on onboard sensors such as an accelerometer. Apple has also included the ProMotion displays that is capable of rendering content smoothly, thanks to its 120 Hz refresh rate. Apple claims that the new Apple A12X Bionic processor is capable of handling desktop-class jobs and is about 90% faster than the previous generations when it's about multi-core performance. The GPU receives a serious performance boost and can run popular iPad games at 120 fps. It’s worth mentioning that the new iPad Pro's do not feature its own 3.5mm audio jacks.
Apple also demonstrated handling a large 3GB PSD file with the new iPad with 170 layers and 12,000 x 12,000 as the resolution. The Apple Pencil also receives an incremental update and Photoshop has been completely revamped to take advantage of the Apple Pencil control. Users will be able to perform double gestures that let them switch between different editing tools. Apple has also implemented USB Type-C port for the new tablets and users will be able to connect the device to an external monitor, a professional DSLR and also charge your smartphone.
The new Apple MacBook Air announced is the much-needed upgrade in terms of design, features, and performance. The new MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch Retina display with thinner bezels and the whole device weighs just 1.2 kg. The thin and light machine also holds two USB Type-C ports, and surprisingly, a 3.5mm audio jack. Another major surprise is the inclusion of the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, that is powered by the T2 security chip that’s used in the previous MacBook Pro laptops. As for the performance, the MacBook Air comes with the 8th generation Intel dual-core chips, up to 16GB of RAM options and choose up to 1.5TB of SSD storage.
Last, but not least, Apple also introduced the all-new Mac Mini with powerful innards. The new devices are considered to be a major update since the last 2014 release. Apple has implemented the new 8th generation quad-core Intel processors. The new Mac Mini is capable of supporting up to 64GB of RAM, along with 2TB of storage space. The device holds up to four USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, an HDMI port, Ethernet, and two of the traditional USB Type-A ports.
For the customers in the UAE, the 2018 Apple Mac Mini starts at AED 3399 for the 128GB storage model, and AED 4659 for the 256GB variant. The new 2018 Apple MacBook Air with the 128GB of storage space starts at AED 5099 and the 256GB variant for AED 5939. The Apple iPad Pro 11 is priced at AED 3199 for the 64GB, AED 3799 for the 256GB, AED 4599 for the 512GB and AED 6199 for the 1TB model. The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 costs AED 3999 for the 64GB model, AED 4599 for the 256GB unit, AED 5399 for the 512GB variant and AED 6999 for the 1TB variant.