Apple announces new iPads and a new iMac!

October 16, 2014

iOS 8.1 and OS X Yosemite also announced.

At today’s keynote, Apple announced a hardware refresh of its iPad line along with some news about iOS 8, Apple Pay and OS X Yosemite.

iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3

Well, it seems the leaks were right. Sporting a thinner design, the iPad Air 2 features nearly the same dimensions as the iPad Air, only 18 percent thinner.

It features a new A8X chip along with Touch ID – a much-requested feature on the tablet since it was introduced with the iPhone 5S. Apple was quick to declare that it is currently the thinnest tablet in the world at the moment. Other improvements on the iPad Air 2 include an 8 megapixel camera along with an anti-reflective coating on the screen for a better viewing experience.

Additionally, the iPad mini 3 has also been announced but it is exactly the same tablet released last year, only with Touch ID added – it still uses the same A7 processor.

All tablets will be available with 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB storage options along with separate Wi-Fi and cellular variations. It will come pre-loaded with iOS 8.1 along with Gold, White and Space Gray options.

iOS 8.1

Speaking of iOS 8.1, Apple has announced that the latest iOS 8 update will be available to users this Monday that will finally enable Apple Pay to compatible devices. It also includes bug fixes and the return of the Camera Roll that was removed when iOS 8 initially launched.

Apple Pay will initially be available in the US, but will gradually roll out to other countries soon.

OS X Yosemite

Apple’s latest operating system for desktops and notebooks, Yosemite, will finally launch today at the Mac App store as a free upgrade for all hardware that supports it (basically if your computer can run Mavericks then you won’t have a problem running Yosemite).

It will also integrate with iOS 8 and bring continuity functions between all supported hardware.

iMac with Retina Display

Lastly, the iMac has gotten a new refresh in the form of the iMac with Retina Display. The 5k display boasts four times more pixels as a standard 27-inch iMac display – all in the same incredibly thin design you’ve come to love on an iMac. That’s a screen resolution of 5120 x 2880!

It will come pre-installed with Mac OS X Yosemite along with all Apple iWork and iLife apps. Prices start at $2499 (Yikes!).

Any of the new Apple products caught your eye? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
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