Apple unveiled what it’s calling the biggest change to the iPad since its inception eight years ago. Its new features play in to Apple’s mission to make the tablet more adaptable and appealing to a larger audience.
The new iPad Pro is 5.9 mm thinner — about 15% slimmer than its predecessor — and no longer features a Home button. You’ll need to swipe certain spots on the screen to get back to previous pages. The iPad Pro also features a nearly edge-to edge-display and rounded corners. The iPad Pro also supports Face ID and USB-C, so it can connect to monitors up to 5K to turn into a workstation. It can even charge your iPhone, essentially turning it into your own personal power bank.
The iPad Pro’s Pencil magnetically connects to the side of the device and automatically charges — a small touch Apple hopes will resonate with creative users. It’s available in two sizes: 11 inches starting at $799, and 12.9-inchfes starting at $999.
Apple also showed off a completely redesigned MacBook Air, starting at $1199. That’s up $200 from the previous model due largely to its new Retina display.
“When Steve [Jobs] pulled that MacBook Air out of that envelope, it was clear things would never be the same,” Cook told attendees. “The MacBook Air’s incredibly thin design not only influenced the Mac line… it changed the industry.”
The company also showed off its first update to the Mac Mini in four years. Although it looks strikingly similar to the last model, the overhauled device ($799) comes with a quad-core Intel processor with an option to upgrade to a six-core version. It features four USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports and HDMI and Apple says it is five times faster. It now comes in space gray.