A BRAND NEW MACBOOK AIR

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Af­ter the launch of the 12-inch MacBook in 2015, many thought the MacBook Air was dead. To­day’s Pro mod­els are al­most as thin as the Air, and Mac­Books are as af­ford­able as the Air but come packed with high-end pro­ces­sors, a touch bar and more. How­ever, much to the sur­prise of Ap­ple an­a­lysts, the MacBook Air, which this year cel­e­brated its tenth birth­day, was given a new breath of life, with the Cu­per­tino firm in­tro­duc­ing an all-new ver­sion. “The Mac was the first com­puter that was de­signed for cre­ativ­ity,” teased Cook at the key­note speech, adding that “it’s be­come one of the world’s most es­sen­tial cre­ative tools,” be­fore un­veil­ing the new Retina dis­play MacBook Air. With its iconic wedge-shaped de­sign and two USB-C ports, the re­freshed MacBook Air has waved good­bye to its alu­minum bezel, and fea­tures a stun­ning 13.3-inch dis­play, with nar­rower black glass and bor­ders to al­low for more screen es­tate. The up­dated model of­fers four times the res­o­lu­tion as pre­vi­ous edi­tions, and for the first time, a Touch ID but­ton which al­lows for Ap­ple Pay and fin­ger­print recog­ni­tion - with­out the in­clu­sion of the con­tro­ver­sial touch bar.

With a new T2 sys­tem con­troller, users will be able to sum­mon Siri us­ing the fa­mous ‘Hey Siri’, whilst a larger track­pad and key­board will make ev­ery­day tasks more en­joy­able. The new Air has speak­ers that are louder than ever be­fore, and the de­vice is pack­aged with an 8thgen­er­a­tion In­tel Dual-Core i5 and up to 16GB 2133MHz mem­ory and a 1.5TB SSD, which is said to be 60% faster than pre­vi­ous mod­els. Bat­tery life also holds up well, with the Air of­fer­ing up to 12 hours of web brows­ing and 13 hours of

iTunes movie play­back. What’s more, the model is a quar­ter-pound lighter than the pre­vi­ous Air, and is made from 100% re­cy­cled alu­minum. The new Air starts at $1199, which is the “most af­ford­able retina Mac” Ap­ple has ever of­fered and ships in the gold, sil­ver, and space gray col­ors we have come to know and love.

MAC MINI GIVEN SOME LOVE

The Mac mini has strug­gled in re­cent years, with the last ver­sion of the de­vice launched back in Oc­to­ber 2014. Ac­cord­ing to the pop­u­lar Ap­ple news web­site MacRu­mors, the av­er­age cy­cle be­tween Mac mini re­leases is more than 438 days - but the lat­est gap is more than 1,475 days. Af­ter years of com­plaints from power-users who want the Mac ex­pe­ri­ence with the free­dom of us­ing their own screen and pe­riph­er­als, Ap­ple caved in and de­signed an all-new Mac mini, with a stun­ning in­tro­duc­tion video of a Mini fly­ing through the air as if it was a space­ship. The mini has four cores, can be up­graded to six and uses eighth-gen­er­a­tion CPUs which of­fer 60% faster graph­ics per­for­mance. The de­vice can be con­fig­ured to in­clude up to 64GB of mem­ory and an SSD drive of up to two ter­abytes. The mini now sup­ports Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net, comes with four Thun­der­bolt 3/USB C ports, as well as HDMI and two USB-A ports to al­low users to con­nect as many de­vices as they would like. Also new is the abil­ity to ‘string to­gether’ Mac minis for video edit­ing, or a server farm, of­fer­ing more per­for­mance. Made from 60% post-con­sumer re­cy­cled plas­tic, the new Mac mini starts at $799 and is avail­able Novem­ber 7 on Ap­ple.com.

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