Today was Apple’s big day. We spent most of the day giving you alternatives and bashing Cupertino giant’s new products, but ultimately these are important devices and we thought we should tell you all about them. That is why tonight’s news roundup is all about Apple!
You can take a look at the whole live event at Apple’s website. Don’t have the time? Stick around and let’s check out today’s main announcements together!
iPad Air 2
The iPad Air 2 is said to be the best iPad ever made (though I disagree), and it sure seems like a powerhouse. The tablet sports the same stunning Retina Display we have grown to love. It also has an even thinner 6.1 mm profile and comes with the Touch ID sensor the public has been begging for.
In addition, the device is much faster with its new A8x processor and the stunning GPU. The CPU offers a 40% jump in performance, while the GPU is about 2.5 times faster than the previous iteration.
It’s thinner and faster… again. Prices are staying at $499 for the base model and the device will be available for pre-order on October 17th. Release date is expected by the “end of next week”.
iPad Mini 3
This one is actually my favorite tablet announced today. The iPad Mini 3 improves upon its predecessors, but it keeps the same small form factor that makes it incredibly convenient to use under any circumstances.
The iPad Mini 3 also keeps the Retina Display and great design we have seen before, but this time around it has an included Touch ID sensor. Other than the Touch ID addition, the device is pretty much identical to last year’s.
It still has the A7 processor, which is a bit out-dated but still powerful. Prices are also similar to last year’s model, which was also launched at $399 for the base model and also goes on sale on October 17th.
iMac with Retina 5K Display
The iMac was just taken to the next level with the addition of a Retina Display. This is no regular Retina Display, though. Apple went all out and slapped a 5K 5120x2880p panel on this beauty.
Not surprisingly, the device is priced amazingly expensive. The iMac with Retina 5K Display will start at a whopping $2499. Its display is not the only outstanding feature. It also has a 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor that can be upgraded to a 4.0 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7chip.
In addition, it comes with 8 GB of RAM, which can be turned into 16 or 32 GB. The 1 TB fusion drive and AMD Radeon R9 M290X/M295X GPU will also do miracles. This is one powerful machine and will be any video/photo editor’s dream come true.
It’s available today, so go get it if you have $2499 laying around!
The Mac Mini hasn’t been updated in 2 years, and today it’s finally its day of glory. Starting at just $499, this little guy packs the whole Mac OSX experience in a box that can fit in any bag.
What’s new? Well, it comes with fourth-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. Apple states the device can be up to 50% faster than its predecessor. Interested? You can also buy the Mac Mini today.
Apple Pay launching October 20th
Ready for Apple’s “revolutionary” mobile payment system? The NFC-based touch-less service will be launching this very Monday, October 20th. Apple mentions over 500 banks have signed up to support Apple Pay, as well as a huge list of retailers and services.
Apple Watch SDK launching in November
Any developers ready to start building apps for the Apple Watch? We are definitely ready to use them! That is why today’s news regarding the wearable are exciting to all of us.
Apple mentioned during its event that the Apple Watch SDK (Software Developer Kit) will be launching in November. Just in time for the apps to be ready as soon as the device launches. We should be seeing it come to the market during early 2015.
Mac OS X Yosemite now available!
In other news, all current (and supported) Mac users can now upgrade to OSX Yosemite for free! The update is available straight from the Mac App Store, so go get it!