Apple launches new MacBooks and Mac mini

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During its November launch event, Apple announced its new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini.

The event also showcased the company’s new M1 chip, which is included in all the newly announced devices.

According to Apple, this is the company’s most powerful chip ever.

“The introduction of three new Macs featuring Apple’s breakthrough M1 chip represents a bold change that was years in the making, and marks a truly historic day for the Mac and for Apple,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said.

“M1 is by far the most powerful chip we’ve ever created, and combined with Big Sur, delivers mind-blowing performance, extraordinary battery life, and access to more software and apps than ever before. We can’t wait for our customers to experience this new generation of Mac, and we have no doubt it will help them continue to change the world.”

Here’s what to know about the new Apple devices…

New Apple MacBook Air

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The new MacBook Air will carry on the device range’s tradition of 13-inch ultralight laptops. However, it features the new M1 chip and a silent, fanless design.

According to Apple, the device’s battery lasts up to 15 hours when browsing the web on WiFi, or 18 hours when it comes to video playback.

Apple says that this is the longest battery life ever on a MacBook Air laptop.

Thanks to the upgraded processor and Big Sur OS, it’s also faster than its predecessors. Apple says that iMovie projects for the web export three times faster when compared to the previous generation of MacBook Air.

For its global launch price, the new MacBook Air will cost $999.

New 13-inch MacBook Pro

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As with the new MacBook Air, one of the main new features that the new MacBook Pro brings is the inclusion of the M1 chip and Big Sur OS.

Apple also says that it delivers the longest battery life ever on a Mac — with 20 hours of video playback or 17 hours of wireless web browsing. The laptop also has improved “studio-quality” mics.

The starting price for the new laptop will be $1 299.

2020 Mac mini

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The new Mac mini will also come with the M1 chip, which means fast processing and graphics rendering speeds.

According to Apple, the new compact computer will even be able to play a game like Shadow of the Tomb Raider with up to four times higher frame rates than its predecessor.

The device can support up to two displays and includes Wi-Fi 6 support.

The new Mac mini will cost $699, which Apple says $100 less than the previous generation’s quad-core model.

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Megan Ellis, Editor


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