Nope, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. Apple has finally refreshed the long-neglected MacBook Air and Mac mini, both of which haven’t seen upgrades for over three years. Along with the new iPad Pro lineup, prepare to empty your pockets for the holiday season.
It’s no secret that the Air has been left for dead since the introduction of the MacBook in 2015. Still, as the entry-level Mac device and lightest option on the market, the Air remained a popular option, so popular in fact that Tim Cook started his presentation by calling it the most loved laptop ever.
The Air receives a slew of upgrades to bring it in line with modern technology, the most noticeable change being the inclusion of a Retina display. Retina displays have been a staple of the Mac lineup since 2012 but were long missing on the Air range. The giant bezels of 2015 are also gone, and the body is now made of 100% recyclable aluminium.
Touch ID will also be making its way to the new Air, along with Apple’s prized butterfly switch keyboard.
Specs wise, the Air ships with Intel Core i5, up to 1.5TB SSD storage and up to 16GB of RAM. Battery life is expected to last up to 12 hours.
The new MacBook Air ships November 7, with the base model starting at SGD$1789.
The Mac mini will also be receiving a much needed refresh. Now sporting the space grey finish we’ve all come to love, the Mac mini has also been made of 100% recyclable aluminium.
Performance is the biggest change here, with almost fives times better performance than the previous iteration. This is thanks to the updated four-core Intel 8th gen processors (with an option for six-cores) up to 64GB of RAM and 2TB of storage. Connectivity is the same with four Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB-A ports, HDMI, Ethernet and yes, a headphone jack.
The new Mac mini’s local release date is currently unknown, but will start at SGD$1179 for the base model.
This is what the future looks like, notchless and near bezel-less. And yes, the home button and Touch ID are officially gone too. Face ID comes to the iPad Pro, with the sensors resting in the top bezel. Unlike the iPhones however, Face ID will also work horizontally on the iPad Pro.
The new iPad Pro is powered by Apple’s A12X Bionic chip that houses an eight-core CPU and seven-core GPU, with up to 1TB of storage. This means the iPad Pro outclasses nearly every other portable PC, while delivering Xbox One S levels of graphic performance. Apple will also be moving away from the Lightning cable in favour of USB-C, allowing it to charge a connected iPhone or connect to external displays.
Together with the iPad Pro comes a redesigned Apple Pencil. The new Pencil now charges wirelessly when connected to the iPad, and tapping the screen with the Pencil wakes the device and launches Notes.app immediately. Additional third party gestures can be configured to the side of the Pencil once developers start updating their applications.
The iPad Pro launches November 7, with the base 11″ model starting at SGD$1199 and the base 12″ model starting at SGD$1499.
The second generation Apple Pencil launches with the iPad Pro for SGD$189.
Huawei will be selling their phones at $54 to Singaporeans who are aged 50 and above from 26 to 28 July 2019
Huawei has been in the news a lot recently for multiple reasons, both good and bad.
However, we have some good news for you this time around!
In celebration of Singapore’s 54th birthday, Huawei will be having a promotion for their Y6 Pro 2019 model, which will be going for just $54 (U.P. $54).
There is a catch though: you have to be aged 50 and above.
The promotion will be from 26 July 2019 (Friday) to 28 July 2019 (Sunday) and the colours that are available on offer are Midnight Black and Amber.
You can get your hands on this insanely good deal at any of Huawei’s concept stores in Singapore as well as selected Challenger and Courts outlets.
The phones will be available while stocks last so if you are of age and you’ve been eyeing this phone model for quite some time, we recommend that you get your hands on it ASAP before it’s too late!
Terms and Conditions:
- Original NRICs must be produced.
- Limited to 2 sets per customer.
- You can purchase the phone for your parents who are 50 years old and above if you bring their NRICs and they do not need to be present.
- This promotion is not tied to the signing up of any mobile line, so there isn’t any contract.
Photo credits: Huawei and Singapore Atrium Sale
Apple Opens Second SG Store in Jewel Changi Airport on 13 July: Here’s What To Expect
Apple fans rejoice! Two years after the opening of their first Singapore store in Orchard Road, Apple has announced that they will be opening a second store in Jewel Changi Airport.
Details of the opening, which will take place at 10am on 13 July, have been fairly sparse with the tech-giant only posting this exciting announcement on their official website:
If you click around a bit, you will see that Apple has released a list of scheduled events that will be happening at the new store on 13 July. Here are some highlights that you have to check out:
If you’re a graphic designer or looking to pick up some skills, join Apple’s Art Skills: Getting Started with Procreate class from 12 to 1pm or their Design Lab: Drawing Treehouses Co-created with Foster + Partners
class. These classes will introduce you to Procreate and Design Lab, and show you how to get the best out of it.
For photography addicts, check out Apple’s Photo Skills: Photography on iPhone or their Photo Skills: Editing Techniques classes. These classes will give you a hands-on lesson in taking the best photos using your iPhone and then how to edit them so they are totally insta-ready! If you fancy taking a walk, join their Photo Walk: The Magic of Jewel Changi Airport where the Apple team will take you around Jewel and show you how to properly capture its beauty.
Fancy picking up some coding skills? Make sure you check out their super beginner friendly Coding Skills: Programming Robots with Swift Playgrounds classes. These run for 30 minutes at a time.
For more information on the classes offered at Apple, check out Today At Apple.
Location: Jewel Changi Airport
Address:78 Airport Boulevard Singapore, 819666
Date: 13 July
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: Everything You’d Want in a Smartphone
Not to be confused with the Huawei P20 Pro released earlier this year, the Mate 20 Pro is Huawei’s latest flagship (at least until the P30 Pro comes out) and packs a lot of features you’ve come to expect from a 2018 smartphone. In fact, it’s almost as if Huawei made a checklist of all their competitors’ features and combined everything into one undeniably attractive package.
Mate 20 Pro features the same triple camera set-up found on the P20 Pro, and more recently, the LG V40 and Samsung Galaxy A7. Fortunately, they’ve gotten rid of the 20MP monochrome sensor in favour of a 20MP ultra wide angle lens, flanked by an impressive 40MP main lens and 8MP telephoto lens. Leica branding is still present, as is Huawei’s AI scene detector that’s been updated to recognise over 1500 scenarios over 25 categories.
While some might prefer a more hands-on approach to their photography lest AI over-aggressively tweaks the photo, the update is definitely a welcome change to the average consumer who prefers the simplicity of point-and-shoot.
AI is Huawei’s biggest push. Thanks to the capabilities of their latest 7nm Kirin processor, AI computing is more efficient, allowing for better optimisation of system processes.
The iPhone-like notch hides the sensors necessary for what is essentially Face ID. For those who prefer good old fingerprint verification, an in-screen fingerprint sensor is also an option. That’s right, the fingerprint sensor is located smack in the middle of the screen under the glass. Sick.
Everything else is as you’d expect. A 6.4” OLED screen, 4200mAh battery, IP68 water resistance, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage expandable with a nano memory card, USB-C fast charge and Qi-compatible wireless charging. Huawei has actually taken wireless charging one step further by introducing reverse wireless charging, which is exactly what it sounds like. Turn it on and the phone becomes a portable wireless charger for other phones. However, audio purists are out of luck as the headphone jack has been removed.
A non-Pro version, Mate 20, is also available with watered down camera specs, a standard LED screen and no face unlock capabilities, although that also means the notch is a dewdrop notch instead.
Both phones will be available from October 27, available in Huawei’s iconic hued colourways. The Mate 20 will set you back $998, while the Mate 20 Pro will set you back $1,348.