2018 Editions of Apple iPad Pro's and MacBook Air Announced: All You Need to Know

Apple iPad Pro 11-inch 2018

Apple at an event held in New York on Tuesday unwrapped its 2018 iPad Pro's and MacBook Air products. The firm's latest device brings abrupt changes not only in specs but in design as well. Starting with the iPad Pro, the design language has been refined and it looked modern more than ever - the removal of the iconic Touch ID provides more screen estate for the screen to stretch wider and the bezels to be thinner.

The latest iPad Pro are curved around the edges, more curved when compared with their predecessors to say. As could be expected, Apple is offering the device in two variants; the first features an 11-inch (2388 x 1668 pixel) Liquid Retina display and is powered by a 29.37Wh battery, while the second model features a 12.9-inch (2732 x 2048 pixel) Liquid Retina display and is powered by a 36.71Wh battery.

The displays have 600 nits of brightness, pixel density of 264PPI, and up to 120Hz refresh rate. Apple said the batteries powering its 2018 iPad Pro's can render up to 10 hours of music playback or Wi-Fi browsing. The core processing is driven by Apple's latest (and probably the fastest) A12X Bionic 7nm 64-bit octa-core chipset, which is accompanied by a 7-core (or hepta-core) GPU and M12 motion co-processor. The chipset also has a dedicated NPU (Neural Processing Unit) for AI applications.

For the first time in history Apple has dumped its proprietary lightning port for a USB Type-C port on its new iPad Pro, which many Apple fans will greatly rejoice about. This does not only increase its compatibility ratio with other device, but it also offer more flexibility and refined control when using it with other peripheral devices.

The iPad Pro 11-inch and 12.9-inch comes with USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen 2) that offer ultra high-speed data transfer rate. Not only that, the new port can also powered up to 5K external displays. Moreover, the USB Type-C supports reverse charging and can be used to charge other Apple mobile device such as an iPhone.

Let's talk about the security features. Since the Touch ID (and the home button) has gone to rest in peace, Apple has implemented the new security system that were used on its recent iPhones dubbed "Face ID". This uses an advance facial recognition software for biometric authentication in apps, settings and other programs.

The large screen estate on the iPad Pro are put into better use with an optional Apple Pencil that will be sold separately. The upgraded Apple Pencil now features a new touch sensor that can detect taps, providing a new way to interact within apps. The stylus magnetically attaches to the device and is wirelessly charged. There is also a new Smart Keyboard Folio that magnetically attaches to the back; this does not only provide a full-sized keyboard but it also protect the front and the back of the iPad Pro's.

iPad Pro 11-inch 2018 Specifications

  • 11-inch True Tone Liquid Retina display with 2388 x 1668 pixel resolution, 264PPI, 600nits brightness
  • 64-bit A12X Bionic 7nm octa-core chipset, 7-core GPU, M12 motion coprosessor
  • 64GB/256GB/512GB/1TB storage
  • 12-megapixel rear camera, f/1.8 aperture, OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), Hybrid IR filter, Quad-LED true tone flash
  • 7-megapixel HD camera face time cameras, f/2.2 aperture, Portrait Mode, Retina Flash, 1080p video recording
  • OS: iOS 12
  • Face ID
  • Four speakers, five microphones
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11ac (dual band + MIMO), Bluetooth 5, 4G LTE (optional), HT80, GPS + GLONASS (WiFi + Cellular), USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen 2)
  • Battery: 29.37Wh rechargeable Li-Po battery; up to 10 hours of video playback or music playback or Wi-Fi browsing
  • Dimensions: 247.6x 178.5x 5.9mm
  • Weight: 468 grams
  • Colour(s): Space Grey, Silver

Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch 2018

iPad Pro 12.9-inch 2018 Specifications

  • 12.9-inch True Tone Liquid Retina display with 2732 x 2048 pixel resolution, 264PPI, 600nits brightness
  • 64-bit A12X Bionic 7nm octa-core chipset, 7-core GPU, M12 motion coprosessor
  • 64GB/256GB/512GB/1TB storage
  • 12-megapixel rear camera, f/1.8 aperture, OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), Hybrid IR filter, Quad-LED true tone flash
  • 7-megapixel HD camera face time cameras, f/2.2 aperture, Portrait Mode, Retina Flash, 1080p video recording
  • OS: iOS 12
  • Face ID
  • Four speakers, five microphones
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11ac (dual band + MIMO), Bluetooth 5, 4G LTE (optional), HT80, GPS + GLONASS (WiFi + Cellular), USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen 2)
  • Battery: 36.71Wh rechargeable Li-Po battery; up to 10 hours of video playback or music playback or Wi-Fi browsing
  • Dimensions: 280.6x 214.9 x 5.9mm
  • Weight: 631 grams
  • Colour(s): Space Grey, Silver

MacBook Air 13.3-inch 2018

The 2018 edition of the MacBook Air is slimmer, more elegant, and it packed more horsepower than the previous generation. This comes with a 13.3-inch Retina display with 48-percent more color production. The Touch ID survived in this model and is now tied with the new T2 security chip for advance protection. The Touch ID fingerprint sensor is located on the keyboard.

The 2018 MacBook Air is powered by an eighth-generation Intel Core i5 processor with an integrated Intel UHD Graphics. The RAM configuration go as high as 16GB (2133MHz), with up to 1.5TB SSD coupled along. Apple said the SSDs are faster than those on the 2017 model. Furthermore, this features a Force Touch trackpad that is 20-percent larger than the one on the previous model.

The trackpad is pressure-sensitive and can deliver haptic feedback. The speakers on the MacBook Air are 25-percent louder, the firm further claimed. The laptop have two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a FaceTime HD camera, third-generation butterfly keyboard, and can deliver up to 12 hours of battery life.

Pricing


  • iPad Pro 11" (WiFi) 64GB -> $799 USD
  • iPad Pro 11" (WiFi) 256GB -> $949 USD
  • iPad Pro 11" (WiFi) 512GB -> $1,149 USD
  • iPad Pro 11" (WiFi) 1TB -> $1,549 USD
  • iPad Pro 11" (WiFi / Cellular) 64GB -> $949 USD
  • iPad Pro 11" (WiFi / Cellular) 256GB -> $1,099 USD
  • iPad Pro 11" (WiFi / Cellular) 512GB -> $1,299 USD
  • iPad Pro 11" (WiFi / Cellular) 1TB -> $1,699 USD
  • iPad Pro 12.9" (WiFi) 64GB -> $999 USD
  • iPad Pro 12.9" (WiFi) 256GB -> $1,149 USD
  • iPad Pro 12.9" (WiFi) 512GB -> $1,349 USD
  • iPad Pro 12.9" (WiFi) 1TB -> $1,749 USD
  • iPad Pro 12.9" (WiFi / Cellular) 64GB -> $1,149 USD
  • iPad Pro 12.9" (WiFi / Cellular) 256GB -> $1,299 USD
  • iPad Pro 12.9" (WiFi / Cellular) 512GB -> $1,499 USD
  • iPad Pro 12.9" (WiFi / Cellular) 1TB -> $1,899 USD
  • MacBook Air 128GB -> $1,199 USD
  • MacBook Air 256GB -> $1,399 USD
  • Apple Pencil (2nd Gen) -> $129 USD
  • Apple Smart Keyboard Folio -> $179 USD (iPad Pro 11") / $199 USD (iPad Pro 12.9")


The iPad Pro's will be available from November 7th in the United States and in over 40 countries globally via Apple online and offline stores. The MacBook Air is available for pre-orders in the United States and will go on sale on November 7th as well.
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