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Apple unveils the new iPad Pro and Macbook Air with A12X bionic chip

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Apple on Tuesday introduced the new iPad Pro with all-screen design, Face ID, A12X Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine and up to 1TB internal storage.

Two iPad Pro models — 11-inch and 12.9-inch — feature Liquid Retina display.

The iPad Pro will be available in silver and space grey finishes in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB configurations, as well as a new 1TB option through Apple, Authorised Resellers and select carriers, the company announced at a special Brooklyn event here.

The new iPad Pro models — Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio — are available for order starting Tuesday and in stores starting November 7 in the US and more than 40 other countries. The prices are, however, yet to be announced.

The new iPad Pro models will be available later this year in India.

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“The new iPad Pro has an all-new thinner design, speeds through projects with the super-fast A12X Bionic chip and unlocks with a glance using Face ID in any orientation,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing.

Apple unveils the new iPad Pro and Macbook Air with A12X bionic chip

With over a million apps designed to take advantage of the large multi-touch display, including next-generation apps like Photoshop CC on iPad (coming next year), the new iPad Pro will push what users can do on a computer further than ever before, said Apple.

A second-generation Apple Pencil magnetically attaches to iPad Pro and wirelessly charges at the same time.

A new touch sensor built onto Apple Pencil detects taps, introducing an entirely new way to interact within apps.

The new Smart Keyboard Folio features a streamlined design that is adjustable for added versatility.

The new 11-inch iPad Pro packs a bigger display with more pixels in the same footprint as the 10.5-inch model, yet weighs just one pound.

The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro places the largest display of any iPad into a more portable package.

A new USB-C connector replaces the lightning connector in support of the powerful ways iPad Pro is used.

iOS 12 OS brings new gestures to iPad that are already familiar to iPhone X and iPhone Xs users including tap to wake and swipe to go home, access Control Center and for multi-tasking.

Group FaceTime feature now makes it easy to connect with groups of friends or colleagues at the same time.

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MacBook Air, Pro and Mac Mini

Apple also launched an all-new MacBook Air with 13-inch Retina display, Touch ID and latest processors.

The new MacBook Air features an 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor, Intel UHD Graphics and faster system memory up to 16GB.

MacBook Air also features SSD up to 1.5TB in capacity, which is up to 60 per cent faster than the previous generation.

Apple unveils the new iPad Pro and Macbook Air with A12X bionic chip

“Redesigning MacBook Air started with a stunning Retina display and all-day battery life, and then we added Touch ID and the Apple T2 Security Chip,” said Schiller.

The 13.3-inch Retina display has over 4 million pixels of resolution, so text and images in macOS Mojave look sharp and stunning.

The new MacBook Air also includes a built-in FaceTime HD camera for Group FaceTime calls with friends and family.

MacBook Air now includes Touch ID — a fingerprint sensor built right into the keyboard.

To support Touch ID, MacBook Air comes with the Apple T2 Security Chip, which makes the notebook more secure.

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MacBook Air also features the third-generation Apple-designed keyboard for more precise and responsive typing.

“The speakers are 25 per cent louder with two times more bass than the previous generation for more dynamic range and fuller sound,” said Apple in a statement.

Apple also announced new MacBook Pro graphics options that will bring powerful Radeon Pro Vega graphics to MacBook Pro for the first time.

US-based chip maker AMD on Wednesday unveiled the new Radeon Vega Mobile graphics processors for next-generation premium notebooks including Apple MacBook Pro.

The processors include the AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20 and Radeon Pro Vega 16 graphics which will power the newly launched Apple MacBook Pro.

“The processors offer fast, powerful and fluid graphics performance for next-generation notebooks. Powered by the AMD ‘Vega’ architecture, they were engineered to excel in notebooks for cool and quiet operation,” the company said in a statement.

The new chips feature a razor-thin design, thus, taking up less space in a notebook compared to traditional GDDR5-based graphics processors.

“Radeon Vega Mobile graphics raise the bar for performance in notebooks. They provide the best of both worlds — amazing performance for creative applications and visually stunning, responsive gaming for today’s biggest titles in a mobile form factor,” said Scott Herkelman, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Radeon Technologies Group at AMD.

The new graphics options also promise to deliver up to 60 per cent faster graphics performance for the most demanding video editing, 3D design and rendering workloads on the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

All new Macs come with macOS Mojave, the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system with new features.

Apple also announced a Mac mini with quad- and 6-core desktop-class processors, up to 64GB of faster memory and fast all-flash storage, delivering five times faster performance.

With Thunderbolt 3 ports, the Apple T2 Security Chip and a 10Gb Ethernet option, the new Mac mini is a more capable desktop that can do so much more, said Apple

“Mac mini customers are going to flip over the new Mac mini,” said Schiller.

With up to 64GB of 2666 MHz memory, Mac mini can load larger files into memory, run more virtual machines or manipulate even more extensive data sets.

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