Apple had a lot to cover at their event today in Cupertino. Here’s what they announced:
iPad Air 2
As expected, the main focus of today’s event was the iPad. The first new iPad that Apple introduced was the iPad Air 2, which is 18% thinner than the original iPad Air, and is only 6.1mm thick. The iPad features a new, faster A8X chip, which Apple says offers 2.5x faster graphics performance, and 40% faster CPU performance.
As expected, the new iPad includes the Touch ID fingerprint scanner first introduced with the iPhone 5S, along with better cameras, faster Wi-Fi and LTE, and support for ApplePay (for online shopping only).
iPad Mini 3
Apple also announced an updated version of the iPad mini, which also includes Touch ID, improved cameras, faster wireless, and Apple Pay support (for online shopping only).
iMac with 5K Retina Display
The iMac was also updated to include a Retina Display at 5K resolution (5120 x 2880), which means the display has 14.7 million pixels, and has a resolution of almost 3 times a standard HDTV (1920 x 1080), and an even higher resolution than the brand new 4K Ultra HDTVs on the market now (3840 x 2160).
The new iMacs also feature faster Intel processors (up to 4GHz Intel Core i7) with the latest AMD graphics cards.
Apple’s lowest-cost Mac, the Mac Mini, was also updated today, with new 4th generation Intel processors, Intel Iris and HD graphics, and a $100 price reduction to $499, making it the cheapest computer Apple has ever sold.
Apple also announced that iOS 8.1 will be available for download on Monday, October 20th, with support for Apple Pay, bug fixes, and improvements, such as the return of the Camera Roll.
Mac OS X Yosemite
After being announced in June, Apple has made Mac OS X version 10.10 (“Yosemite”) available for download for free today from the Mac App Store. It’s compatible with the following Macs:
- Mac OS X version 10.6.8 or newer
- 2GB of RAM (or more)
- 8GB of available hard drive space
- an Internet connection
More information about today’s announcements can be found on Apple’s website: www.apple.com