Apple introduces new MacBook Air, Mac Mini at Brooklyn Media Show

Apple held a press conference in Brooklyn Tuesday morning to introduce new products. We dive into the announcements (updating)

MacBook Air: The new MacBook Air will come with an upgraded Retina display. Apple said every part of the product has been redesigned and re-engineered. The new 13.3-inch display is nearly edge to edge with four times the resolution of existing Airs. The bezels, like on the new iPhones, have drastically shrunk. And the screen displays 48 percent more colors.

The unit also includes Touch ID to unlock the Air or use it to open websites or use Apple Pay to pay for purchases. An improved keyboard is backlit with a 20 percent larger trackpad.

The new Air also has two Thunderbolt ports to connect multiple peripherals, a better speaker set up and will support up to 16 gigs of memory, double the storage of the current unit. Apple also claims all-day battery life: 12 hours of web browsing, 13 hours of iTunes movie playback.

All of this is packed into a form factor that 17 percent smaller than the current version and it’s 10 percent thinner. It weighs a little less than three pounds and it’s made from 100 percent recycled aluminum.

Pricing begins at $1,199. You can preorder Tuesday. It will release next week.

Our takeaway: like the iPhone XR, the MacBook Air will do enough for most consumers of what the more expensive MacBook Pros will do that this will be the Mac for most of us.

MacMini: A new six-core processor makes the new MacMini five times faster than before. We like the new Space Gray color, too, which replaces the traditional white.

The new mini can take up to 64 gigs of memory, four times the current max. Storage is now all flash (just know it’s faster) with up to 2 TB of storage. ON back, four thunderbolt 3 ports, 10-gig Ethernet, multiple USB ports and more.

Pricing starts at $799. You can preorder Tuesday and it releases next week.

Our takeaway: The beauty of the unit has always been a cheaper entry into Apple computing. Users can bring their own keyboard and screen. You can still do that, but the Mini is now worthy of Apple’s pro users and much better computer for your family. Apple, again, shows it’s not afraid to cannibalize its more expensive products to deliver top notch quality at a cheaper price point.