New IPad Pro, Macbook Air hits the shelves


Graphic by Carly Kaplowitz ’21

Updated versions of Apple Inc.’s MacBook Air and iPad Pro went on sale Nov. 7 after three years without updates.

The MacBook Air  upgrade includes new features such as a retina display and touch ID. It is about 10 percent thinner than its predecessor and is available in three colors: gold, silver and space grey. Users can also make purchases using Apple Pay.

The MacBook also features a T2 chip that provides security when using touch ID. Unlike many of the newer Apple models, the MacBook Air does have a headphone jack along with two new ports to connect USB products. The computer ranges from $1,199 to $1,399 depending on the amount of storage requested.

Students have expressed excitement about the release of the new Apple products.

“I would definitely get the new iPad and MacBook because I think it would be the perfect holiday gift,” Sydney Newman ’21 said. “I really like the new updates because I think they are different from their previous models.”

The iPad has also changed its look, making it the thinnest iPad to date. Some updates include face ID, a bigger screen size and the retina display. According to Apple, “The new Liquid Retina display goes from edge to edge. True-to-life color and ProMotion technology make everything look gorgeous and feel responsive.” These new features showcase the redesign of the iPad. The new product ranges in price from $799 for an 11-inch screen to $999 for a 12.9-inch screen.  

But not all students are sold on the new Apple products. Clara Holleman ’21 believes that the updated features are not enough to entice her to buy them.  

“Although there are many new and interesting features like face ID, I think it is way too expensive,” Holleman said. “I already have a working computer, and the new features are not worth it for me.”