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Apple releases their iPhone XR, Macbook Air, Mac Mini and iPad Pro — but what's the verdict?

Apple releases their iPhone XR, Macbook Air, Mac Mini and iPad Pro — but what's the verdict?

A new fleet

Text: Janice Sim


Apple has been on quite the roll of late. Since the start of October, the tech giant has been rolling out product after product. First with the iPhone XS, then came the XR. And before the unofficial smartphone month comes to an end, Apple has just introduced the all-new Macbook Air, Mac Mini and iPad Pro, on top of the recent iPhones. 

While there's so much to be excited over, the onslaught of launches might seem slightly overwhelming, especially if you're not a technophile. After all, how much should we care about each new Apple product? Below, we rank all the new releases, according to importance, newness and overall value.

No.1:  iPhone XR

This smartphone first won us over with its palette of colours. That coral one is still at the top of our wishlist. But beyond the milllennial hues, is a product that bags a decent array of the XS' features. We're talking photo clarity, smart HDR, improved portrait mode, facial ID, memojis, that important A12 Bionic chip etc. So you're swapping out OLED for an LCD display... as far as the price difference goes, the XR is a major steal.

Apple iPhone XR

Priced from $1,229, available in Apple retail stores and through Apple Authorised Resellers. 

No.2: Macbook Air

At last, the age-old Air is finally getting the reboot it deserves, in a stunning 13 inch Retina display no less. We'll definitely choose a lighter laptop over a clunkier alternative any day. Said to be its most affordable Retina display Mac, this number features an Apple design keyboard, spacious trackpad and even Touch ID to make your app store purchases fingerprint friendly. Bonus fact: it is also the greenest Macbook — figuratively — with an enclosure built from 100% recycled aluminium.

Apple new Macbook Air

Priced from $1,789, available in Apple retail stores and through Apple Authorised Resellers from 7 November. 

No.3: iPad Pro

Despite how the iPad has lost its novelty and magic amongst the upgrades for the iPhone squad, this version bags a whole suite of upgrades. First off by bidding adieu to the home button. Basically, the first, thinnest iPad with Face ID, which comes in 11-inch and 12.9 inches. Boasting a A12X Bionic chip, supposedly the most powerful chip made by Apple, you'll get faster graphics and a better camera. Roping in the new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio, we don't see why this iPad can't double up as a makeshift Mac. 

Apple iPad Pro

Priced from $1,199, available in Apple retail stores, Apple Authorised Resellers and select carriers from 7 November.

No.4: Mac Mini

The Mac Mini is a lesser known product, especially if you don't own a desktop at home. But for those who do, Apple has updated this computer for the first time since 2014. Powered with an all-new core and processor, you're looking at a faster and more powerful engine. Just that to complete the requisite functional package, most would require an iMac display and keyboard on top of it all. So do we really need it in our lives? We'll leave you to be the judge of that. 

Mac Mini

Priced from $1,179, available in Apple retail stores and through Apple Authorised Resellers from 7 November.  

For more information on all the products, click here. 

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