Today’s Apple event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House introduced new MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iPad Pro, but there were also a lot of small details revealed outside the keynote in press releases, on product webpages, and elsewhere. Below is a roundup of some of the most interesting details you may have missed.
- Apple posted photos highlighting today's event, including the cavernous and crowded hands-on area.
- Attendees of the Apple event received stickers.
- Only the 1TB model of the iPad Pro has 6GB of RAM. The other models have 4GB of RAM.
- The 11-inch iPad Pro is the first iPad that doesn’t have a 4:3 aspect ratio.
- Matthew Panzarino reports that the reduction in size and weight of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro make it a compelling choice over the 11-inch model.
- The minimum width of apps displayed in Split View and the width of apps in Slide Over on the iPad Pro has been increased.
- The iPad Pro lets you know if you’re covering the Face ID camera with your finger.
- When you run an app in Split View with an app that hasn't been updated for the new iPad Pro, they both run in a compatibility mode that shrinks the apps, leaving empty space along the top and bottom edges of the apps.
- Apple is selling a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter because there is no headphone port on the iPad Pro.
- Apple is also selling a USB-C to SD Card reader.
- The second-generation Apple Pencil has a matte finish, which Rene Ritchie says provides tactility, and there is a flat edge for the new double-tap gesture.
- Third-party developers can customize the actions associated with the Apple Pencil’s double-tap gesture, but are encouraged to be judicious in doing so.
- The Apple Pencil displays an on-screen message confirming when it is magnetically attached to the iPad Pro.
- The new Apple Pencil only works with the new iPad Pros, and the first generation Apple Pencils do not work with the new iPads.
- It’s possible to configure a new Mac mini that costs $4200.
- The Mac mini’s RAM is upgradable, but Apple encourages users to do so at an Apple Store or an authorized reseller.
- The MacBook Air has a 7W Core i5-8210Y Amber Lake Y processor.