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October 30, 2018

Live updates: Apple’s October 30 iPad and Mac event

by John_A

Apple just can’t stop hitting us with new stuff — and we love it. So after the company announced it would hold an event on October 30, we began excitedly compiling rumors on what all we can expect to see. A new Macbook Air is likely in the cards, as is an update for the iPad Pro and iPad Mini range. Lovers of the Mac Mini could also see something new to get excited about, and we haven’t even mentioned the possibility of new AirPods or the AirPower wireless charger.

So despite being a year that’s seen the release of three iPhones, iOS 12, and a new iPad, there’s still a lot to get excited about. We’ve already listed the ways that you can tune in and watch Apple’s event live, but watching a livestream isn’t practical for many people. That’s why we’re running this live blog, so you can get your updates as they unfold, without having to be glued to a screen for the entire time.

So get on with what matters, while we keep an eye on the action for you. Get on with the hoovering, accounting reports, or whatever real life has you doing. We’ve got you covered. The action kicks off at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET/2 p.m. GMT, so keep an eye out for our live updates as they happen.

If you do want to watch the livestream, it’s currently streaming and you can check it out on Apple’s website.

MacBook Air 2018

The long-anticipated MacBook Air 2018 was the first product to be revealed. With 100 million Macs around the world, it was no surprise that Apple chose to revamp the relatively “budget” line of the MacBook laptop.

The updated MacBook Air is finally packing a beautiful 13.3-inch Retina display, alongside a revamped design that takes the beloved and traditional style of the MacBook Air, and updates it for a new era. The chunky aluminum bezels are gone, replaced by slim black lines that drop the size of the laptop by 17 percent. It has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and TouchID is also included with a keyboard-based sapphire fingerprint scanner. The keyboard has Apple’s new Butterfly keys, and a Force Touch trackpad that’s 20 percent larger than the one on its predecessor.

You’ll find an 8th Gen Intel i5 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 1.5TB of internal storage. The Air’s incredible battery life is still present, with Apple boasting of 12 hour battery life. As you’d expect on a MacBook Air, it’s thinner than ever, and incredibly light.

The new MacBook Air will start from $1,200, and can be ordered October 30, for release November 7.

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Mac Mini 2018

This was another one that we were expecting — and one that might have been even more deserving of an update than the MacBook Air.

The Mac Mini has seen a serious upgrade in performance, so each Mac Mini is now guaranteed to have a 4 core and 6 core 8th generation processor, which makes it five-times faster than the older Mac Mini. There’s also 6GB of RAM as standard. There’s support for up to 2TB of SSD storage. There’s ports galore, with ethernet ports, Thunderbolt 3 ports, HDMI, and USB-A ports all available.

It starts at $799 with 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. Ordering starts October 30, and it releases on November 7.

iPad Pro 2018

What’s a year without a new iPad? Thankfully we won’t have to find out this year — we expect some sort of Mad Max-style dystopia would ensue — as we’ve now had two new iPads this year, including the new iPad Pro 2018.

As suspected by many, the new iPad Pro 2018 has seen a radical change in style from older iPads. The iconic Home button is gone, and the once-chunky bezels are no more. While there’s still a decently sized lip for grip, 2018’s iPad Pro looks extremely different from older iPads. It uses the same Liquid Retina display as the iPhone XR, with two options for screen size — 11-inches and 12.9-inches. Both models are also just 5.9mm thick.

With the loss of the Home button’s fingerprint scanner comes Face ID. The Face ID’s sensors are found in the slim bezel, and can detect your face in any orientation. It also means that the gesture navigation from iOS 12 has been incorporated in the new iPad Pro. iOS 12’s gestures are perhaps our favorite gesture navigation so far, so it’s good to see them on the new iPad Pro.

Apple’s new A12X Bionic processor powers the tablet, and Apple promises it’ll be multiple times faster than its predecessors. Apple’s Neural Engine from the iPhone XS is also included, making it super-capable with machine learning. There’s support for up to 1TB of storage, and you’ll also find a USB-C port that allows reverse charging — so you can charge your phone from your iPad Pro.

There’s also a new Apple Pencil that attaches magnetically to the iPad Pro, and it automatically pairs and charges wirelessly. The new Pencil can change modes with a simple tap. The Smart Keyboard folio has also seen a few small upgrades, to make sure you’re always productive.

The 11-inch iPad Pro will start at $799 for the 64GB model. The 12.9-inch model will start from $999 for 64GB. Ordering begins October 30, and releases November 7.

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iOS 12.1

As the final piece for the event, Tim Cook updated us on the status of iOS 12. iOS 12 .1 is coming, and it includes Group FaceTime, dualSIM support for the new iPhones, and some new emojis. Keep an eye out for it appearing on your compatible iPhone or iPad.

This is a developing story, please refresh the page to see updates.

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