Apple Special Event : 30th October 2018

Apple have just had their special event – the one the world has been talking about since the last one.  The new iPhones (iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR) were announced at the last one, this time the hype has centred around new iPads, new Macs, a new Apple Pencil, and the possibility of a new Mac Mini.

Well lots happened in New York so if you missed the live stream here’s all the announcements and what to expect from Apple in the not too distant future.

Apple Event - October 2018
Apple Event – October 2018

First we were welcomed to New York in typical style – as it happens I also happens I like New York!

Apple Event September 2018
Apple Event September 2018

So what has the Brooklyn Academy of Music got for us today?  Kermit made an appearance…

Kermit the Frog made an appeareance at the October 2018 Apple Event
Kermit the Frog made an appeareance at the October 2018 Apple Event

Mac :

MacBook Air :

Apple announce that they have hit the milestone of 100 million active installs of MacOS and we go straight to the most beloved notebook ever… the MacBook Air…

New 2018 MacBook Air
New 2018 MacBook Air

It is time for a new MacBook Air – we are getting one and it is going to have a Retina Display.

Apple MacBook Air gets a 2018 refresh.
Apple MacBook Air gets a 2018 refresh.

We are also getting, 4 million pixels and 48% more colour as well as TouchID and a load of internal updates.

Apple MacBook Air gets a 2018 refresh.
Apple MacBook Air gets a 2018 refresh.

The keyboard will be upgraded and backlit.  The trackpad is getting an upgrade too.

Audio hasn’t been forgotten about either. The speakers and mics have been upgraded.

The MacBook Air is getting 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports for connectivity.

The new MacBook Air has 17% less volume and weighs a mere 2.75lbs

There we have it… The new MacBook Air.  (Oh and it will start at $1199 / £1199 and you can order one today).

Apple MacBook Air gets a 2018 refresh.
Apple MacBook Air gets a 2018 refresh.

Mac Mini :

Small but mighty!

There is a new Mac Mini on route!  Finally!

Apple Mac Mini gets a 2018 refresh.
Apple Mac Mini gets a 2018 refresh.

Space Grey finish and a huge performance upgrade from 6/8 cores, SSD drives up to 2TB and a maximum 64GB of memory all lead to a Mac Mini that is 5 times faster, with 30 times faster video coding and you can string them together, just a few of them or if you fancied it – many thousands of the, for the ultimate data centre.

Apple Mac Mini gets a 2018 refresh.
Apple Mac Mini gets a 2018 refresh.
Apple Mac Mini gets a 2018 refresh.
Apple Mac Mini gets a 2018 refresh.
Apple Mac Mini gets a 2018 refresh.
Apple Mac Mini gets a 2018 refresh.
Apple Mac Mini gets a 2018 refresh.
Apple Mac Mini gets a 2018 refresh.

It starts at $799 / £799, you can order it today and it will be available next week!

Apple Retail:

’Today at Apple’ gets a update now to let everyone catch their breath after the MacBook Air and Mac Mini refreshes, so we welcome Angela to the stage and my goodness does NY love her!

Apple Retail and Sessions Update at October 2018 Apple Event
Apple Retail and Sessions Update at October 2018 Apple Event

We hear how Apple are helping customers, create and code.

18,000 sessions have been held every week and now all you have to do to get involved is click ‘Sessions’ on your Apple Store app and see what takes your fancy.  From the new year a new 60 sessions are being released covering video, photos and design. These sessions will cover all devices, mobile and Mac and go right up to the Pro level.

Apple Retail and Sessions Update at October 2018 Apple Event
Apple Retail and Sessions Update at October 2018 Apple Event

iPad :

This announcement almost lifted the roof.

400 Million iPads have been sold, then Tim Cook drops the bomb that iPad has outsold every notebook manufacturer on the planet – stating that the iPad is the worlds best selling portable computer!

iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.
iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.

All New iPad Pro :

iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.
iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.

The promo video just had too much going on to keep up!  But here is the crux of it  :

Edge to edge LCD display  – a liquid Retina display.

The iPad Pro will come in two sizes.

The old 10.5” is replaced by something the same physical size but the screen size is now 11”.

iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.
iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.

The 12.9” still has a 12.9” screen but is smaller by 25% volume and almost exactly the size of a sheet of paper.

iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.
iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.
iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.
iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.

FaceID has arrived.

A12X Bionic chips powers the new iPad Pro.  35% faster on single core processes, 90% faster on multi core processes.

Faster than 92% of all portable computers sold last year.

Graphic performance is now 1000% faster – the same power as an xBox One X!

Up to 1TB in storage will be available.

The rumours were true and iPad Pro is moving to USB-C (which will support out charging – so you can use your iPad Pro to charge your iPhone).

iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.
iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.
iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.
iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.

Autocad / Gaming / DJing are all mentioned as tasks the new iPad Pro excels at and 2K Games show a demo of the newest NBA game and it just looks exceptional, it does seem to be a decent looking console rival – to be honest though for for it to ever be a proper rival a decent game pad needs to come.

iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.
iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.

Adobe take the stage and the news we all know about – PhotoShop is coming to iPad – full PhotoShop!

iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.
iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.

The image being demo’d was over a massive 3GB in size, and it seemed to flawlessly works with such massive images.

iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.
iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.

Project Arrow [AR) then took us on a walk through a 9ft x 9ft image though a forest.

iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.
iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.

You can order you new iPad Pro today and they will start shipping on 7th November.  The new ones start at $799 / £769 and $999 / £969.

iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.
iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.

The new Apple Pencil :

iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.
iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.

Connects magnetically, always connected and has a double tap programmable (by the app) feature.

iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.
iPad Pro gets a 2018 refresh.

The new Smart Keyboard Folio :

Seems to be pretty similar, just a few minor updates to screen viewing angle and to work in conjunction with USB-C.

iOS12 :

iOS 12 is now on 60% of Apple devices and today 12.1 is released bring the 32 people FaceTime that we have all been waiting for.

iOS 12.1 gets released
iOS 12.1 gets released

That’s it folks, a pretty decent keynote with some really great product releases that seemed to tick most of the boxes that people were looking for.

Lana Del Rey finishes the show with some acoustic delights.

Lana Del Rey closes the October 2018 Apple Event
Lana Del Rey closes the October 2018 Apple Event

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