“Overall I know that I may have come across as negative in some aspects, but overall I was impressed with the Apple event today.”
Apple just wrapped up its “There’s more in the making” event in New York. If you didn’t get a chance to see it check it out here.
I’m not known to be the biggest Apple fan and that’s largely due to the locked-down nature of the iPhones since release, the snooty attitude of some iPhone owners (not so much now that iPhones are more mainstream), and lastly the way over price products for what they were.
Today though… Blew me away, I came away wanting a new iPad pro even though I don’t need one and don’t currently own an Apple Apps. I thought the Mac Mini looked awesome and supply more ports than NASA would need. The MacBook air also had some cool features, but that was probably the least exciting product for me personally. So take a few minutes to do a brief summary of the event and I’ll share a few thoughts.
Let’s start in the order that Apple chose.
The new MacBook Air is a needed update, it is easy to argue that the Air hadn’t really been updated since early 2015. The 2017 model was barely a change and wasn’t really a reason to update if you had the previous model. The new MacBook Air will be released on November 7th, it’s constructed from a recycled aluminum alloy which Apple claims to have created at a molecular level. It features a new dual-core Intel i5 1.6GHz that can turbo boost to 3.6GHz. The storage starts a 128GB SSD and can be upgraded to 1.5TB. RAM comes in at 8GB with a possible 16GB upgrade. Overall this is nearly a spec for spec match to Google’s Pixelbook that released a year ago.
The coolest part for me about the MacBook Air is the new display which is LCD, but uses the same tech from the new iPhone XR. The LCD is curved at the corners and apple uses smaller pixels around the edge along with graphics software tricks to keep it looking clean. Its what Apple is calling Liquid Retina, its 227 pixels per inch. Just as a comparison to Googles PixelBook has 235 pixels per inch, again the PixelBook is a year old this month. After owning the PixelBook and knowing the New MacBook Air is aimed at this category, it’s hard to get excited for the Air. However, if you’re looking for a new lightweight easy to carry MacBook and have $1,100 burning a hole in your pocket. This is the Air to buy. Other top features are 2 thunderbolt USB-C ports and Apple Touch fingerprint unlock!
Next up was the new Mac Mini and I have to say I like this little thing, and its beautiful in Space Gray. Apple stepped their game up with the Mini. You get a choice of Intel 8th Gen processors (i3,i5 or i7), quad-core or 6 cores. RAM starts at 8GB but goes all the way up to 64GB!! AND its DDR4 So-Dimm so its user upgradable!.. Nice Apple! Storage starts at 128GB but again can be upgraded all the way up to 2TB.
Key takeaways for me again are the recycled aluminum alloy, a ton of ports that allow it to be connected to external devices such as graphics cards and displays up to 5k resolution. Starting price is $799 which isn’t bad at all but you’re likely not going to be happy with the base model. The 6 Core models start at $1,099. Again you can get Chrome boxes with Intel i7 with user-upgradeable M.2 storage and RAM for around $600, or windows small boxes PC that will give you more for less… But geez the Mac Mini looks nice.
The bell of the ball to me was the new iPad pro. WOW!, just WOW!
As I said before I’m not a huge Apple fan, but this device might be the next Apple I buy. It’s using the A12X bionic, that’s the upsized version of the A12 bionic used in the iPhone XS and XR. Apple says that its faster than most PC laptops, what’s even more incredible to me is the GPU performance is equal to an Xbox One S… That’s NUTS!! Storage starts at 64GB all the way to 1TB.
I honestly can’t state how awesome this iPad Pro really is. The iPad pro now has USB-C, slim bezels, and face id for easy unlocks. The new apple pencil now attaches via magnets, wirelessly charges when it’s attached and has a touch sensor.
Overall I know that I may have come across as negative in some aspects, but overall I was impressed with the Apple event today. I do have one last thought If the A12 X bionic in the iPad Pro is faster than most PC laptops, which I do believe that it could be. Why did Apple not use it in the MacBook Air or Mac Mini? It seems like a no-brainer, maybe the A12 cost more than the Intel line of processors. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it.