During the “There’s more in the making” event this past Tuesday in Brooklyn, Apple unveiled an all-new MacBook Air, redesigned iPad Pro, and refresh to the Mac mini, but, Apple silently made some other updates. Here’s everything Apple didn’t mention during the event.
While Apple did not mention any upgrades to existing hardware during the event, they silently updated the graphics processor on the 15″ inch MacBook Pro.
According to the MacBook Pro configurator, “The 15-inch MacBook Pro now offers Radeon Pro Vega GPU options — the first discrete mobile Vega GPUs in a notebook. Featuring the same graphics architecture used in iMac Pro, Vega delivers an enhanced compute engine and utilizes High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2). HBM2 doubles the memory bandwidth to the GPU while doing so at considerably lower power so more of the graphics power budget can be used by the GPU itself. The result is significantly faster graphics performance — up to 60 percent faster than the Radeon Pro 560X — for tackling demanding video, 3D, rendering, and compute workloads.”
According to the MacBook page, the Vega GPUs will be available starting late November.
Apple Pencil and Apple Pencil Second-generation
When Apple introduced the redesigned iPad Pro, they also briefly showed off a new Apple Pencil.
The new Apple Pencil features a new design, new pairing and charging process, and built-in magnets to attach itself to the side of the new iPad Pro.
The second-generation Apple Pencil is according to Apple, “the standard for how drawing, note-taking, and marking up documents should feel — intuitive, precise, and magical. The new Apple Pencil takes that experience even further. Now you can change tools with a simple double-tap and pair and charge wirelessly.”
The second-generation Apple Pencil has a new, cleaner design, wireless charging, and automatic pairing with the new iPad Pro. The Apple Pencil second-generation features magnets on the side that allow it to charge, and pair, when attached to the side of iPad Pro. According to Apple, “The new Apple Pencil attaches magnetically with a reassuring — and very satisfying — snap onto the side of your iPad Pro. Once attached, it starts to charge and automatically pairs with your device. And there are new ways to interact with Apple Pencil. Simply double-tap to change tools without setting it down.”
With the iPad Pro ditching the Lightning port for USB-C, this also made the first-generation incompatible with the new iPad Pro. Meaning, if you buy a new iPad Pro, you have to buy a new Apple Pencil. If you recall, the first-generation Apple Pencil paired and charged with the lightning port, while the second-generation pairs wirelessly. This also means the second-generation is only compatible with the new iPad Pro.
Apple is selling both Apple Pencil models with the first generation being $99, and the second-generation is $129.
With everything Apple announced at the event, you can purchase them today, and they deliver on November 7th, 2018.