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This week's top stories: MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iPad Pro details, new Apple Watch complications, more – 9to5Mac

In this week’s top stories: Reviews of the latest iPad Pro, Mac mini, and MacBook Air, new Apple-made complications for Apple Watch, repair programs for iPhone X and MacBook Pro, and more. Read on for all of this week’s top Apple stories.

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Apple’s latest iPad Pros, Mac mini, and MacBook Air officially went up for sale to consumers on Wednesday. This means pundits also shared their reviews of Apple’s latest products this week.

As for the new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros, reviewers seemingly all agreed that they’re the best iPads yet, but are held back by iOS. Our own Ben Lovejoy has been sharing his running thoughts in his ‘iPad Pro Diary’ series, as well. Also be sure to watch Jeff Benjamin’s full review below.

Reviewers also shared their first-looks at the Mac mini and MacBook Air this week. For the MacBook Air, many wondered if this is the machine Apple should have released 3 years ago, while the Mac mini was widely praised as being an excellent update over its predecessor.

Elsewhere, Apple opened a pair of new repair programs this week. For non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro users, Apple is offering free repairs of devices with 128GB and 256GB SSDs that suffer from data loss or failure.

For the iPhone X, Apple says there’s an issue that affects the responsiveness of the touchscreen. In some cases, the display may not respond to touch, while in other cases the display may react even if there was no touch applied.

Lastly, the latest watchOS 5.1.2 beta brings a handful of new Apple-made complications to the Infograph faces. The new complications include apps such as Home, Mail, Maps, Messages, and more.

These and the rest of this week’s top Apple stories below…

iOS | macOS | tvOS | watchOS |

iPhone |

iPad Pro |

  • iPad Pro review roundup: The best iPad yet, still not a computer, but maybe the future
  • What can you connect to the new iPad Pro with USB-C?
  • 2018 iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard Folio — a big leap from the first Pro
  • iPad Pro Diary: I’m already in love with the new compact 12.9-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad Pro Diary: I can’t put this thing down, but we really need ‘padOS’
  • Download the colorful new iPad Pro wallpapers for your device right here [Gallery]
  • Writing with iPad Pro: The first 48 hours away from Mac
  • Brydge teases new keyboards for the 2018 iPad Pros, coming early next year
  • Hyper unveils the first iPad Pro USB-C hub with HDMI, USB-A, headphone jack, SD slot, more
  • iPad Pro tidbits: Replacement Apple Pencil tips, Smart Keyboard weight, USB-C display info

Mac |

AirPods |

Apple Watch |

Top Apple stories, retail |

Top Apple stories, company |

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This week’s top videos |

9to5Mac Daily |

Listen to a recap of the top Apple news of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

Happy Hour Podcast #198 |

This week Benjamin and Zac offer up early impressions on the 2018 iPad Pro, new Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard Folio, a few iPhone XR thoughts, changes coming in iOS and watchOS for FaceTime and more, a change to how Apple is reporting earnings, and much more.

9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.


Making The Grade |

Making The Grade is a weekly series from Bradley Chambers covering Apple in education. Bradley has been managing Apple devices in an education environment since 2009. Through his experience deploying and managing 100s of Macs and 100s of iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in which Apple’s products work at scale, stories from the trenches of IT management, and ways Apple could improve its products for students.

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