It is not uncommon for companies to release updated versions of laptops, computers, and other gadgets due to the exponential rate at which technology is advancing, and Apple has also followed this trend. Apple recently released fresh new takes on two of their most sold ranges, The Macbook Air and the iPad Pro. The release of these products was surprising as due to the COVID-19 outbreak, no events were held. So one would assume that the device would not get as much coverage as it would if released later in the year. However, regardless of all these setbacks, let’s take a look at these devices.
The MacBook Air 2020
The MacBook Air is Apple’s most popular laptop. The 2020 edition is nothing too extravagant compared to its previous counterparts. It is a nice refresh of some of the older laptops in the MacBook Air range.
One of the significant new changes is the switch back to scissor-switch keyboards from its previous butterfly-switch keyboards. This new change to the Air’s Magic Keyboard means the laptop’s keyboard is more reliable and feels smoother to type on. The specs of the laptop also got an upgrade to Intel’s 10th gen chips and Iris+ graphics. It doesn’t make the laptop a powerhouse, and the Air was never intended to be a high-spec laptop in the first place. However, the upgrades mean that this laptop is the first in the MacBook Air range to have quad-core processors. It still has an i5 Intel Processor and 8 gigabytes to 16 gigabytes of RAM. There’s also better speakers on the new MacBook Air 2020.
The MacBook Air 2020 will cost $999, which is not bad considering the prices of other similar-spec laptops.
The iPad Pro 2020
The iPad Pro 2020 is probably one of Apple’s most ambitious releases and claims among its new devices. The camera has been updated to something that fits in with the recent trend of having the ability to shoot wide-angle photographs. It also comes with a LiDar scanner, meaning the iPad Pro 2020 also can use augmented reality (AR). The specs have also been boosted significantly with its new processor, the A12Z Bionic, and other component upgrades. They have also added the Magic Keyboard and trackpad support to the iPad Pro 2020 when connected to a specialized stand, which makes the iPad look like a laptop. We have seen a similar tactic with Microsoft’s Surface range. The A12Z Bionic chip, along with the new eight-core processor and the Neural Engine means that the iPad Pro is the most powerful device in its category.
The display is also something that has been significantly upgraded with the new edge-to-edge Liquid Retina Display. It has a 120 Hz refresh rate, and Apple claims that it is the most advanced mobile display.
The iPad Pro and MacBook Air 2020 were some clean refreshes of their previous counterparts, and while they may not have been released in the most convenient of times, they are a welcome addition to their ranges. Both MacBook Air and iPad Pro 2020 has opened up new avenues for Apple to upgrade other potential ranges.
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