After accidentally listing four new models, Apple has now confirmed a new MacBook Air and iPad Pro. The announcement sees a range of new technologies and functionalities added to the two products, with improvements to speed, memory and the overall user experience.
The new MacBook Air is set to feature faster performance, the new Magic Keyboard and twice the storage of earlier models. The increased speed means that the CPU performance is two times faster, while the graphics performance is up to 80 percent faster, while the model now starts with 256GB of storage.
The new Magic Keyboard first made an appearance on the 16-inch MacBook Pro, and features a redesigned scissor mechanism for comfort and stability of key feel, as well as a new “T” arrangement for the arrow keys. The whole MacBook Air is constructed from 100 percent recycled aluminum, and is set to release in gold, silver and “Space Grey” finishes.
The second major announcement from Apple is the all-new iPad Pro, which is claimed to deliver the best typing experience ever on an iPad. This typing experience is due to the new trackpad support from iPadOS 13.4, which means users can navigate the entire system of the iPad without ever lifting their hands from the model. Additionally, a new Magic Keyboard is also set to be released for the iPad Pro.
Other features of the iPad include a new A12Z Bionic chip — making it faster than most PC laptops — as well as an Ultra Wide camera, studio-quaity microphones and the LiDAR Scanner for depth-sensing. This scanner works with cameras, motion sensors and other features to continue to elevate the experience of augmented reality on the iPad Pro.
The new MacBook Air is available to order from the Apple web store today, starting at a new reduced price of $999 USD, while the iPad Pro starts at $799 USD.
In other tech news, Apple is reportedly working on a larger version of the entry-level iPhone 9 model.