The Apple Event on October 16th, 2014 just ended, and we saw a lot of improved products as well as software. These include the iPad, iPad Mini, iMac, Mac Mini, iOS 8.1 and OS X Yosemite. A lot right? Sure is! These are all the Apple Event releases that happened today.
The new iPad Air 2 is actually thinner than the original iPad Air, coming in at 6.1mm. This is a result of them totally removing the air gap behind the display.
It has an improved Retina Display with an anti-reflection coating, 2nd-Gen 64-bit A8X Chip, 8MP iSight camera, faster wireless and finally includes TouchID. We’ve all been trying to unlock out iPads with TouchID ever since the launch of the iPhone 5S and now we can finally do it!
The iPad Air 2 comes in Space Grey, Silver and Gold, just like the iPhone family. It also takes some features from the iPhone family like Time-Lapse mode, Slo-Mo and Panorama.
As for Apple Pay, the TouchID sensor can be use to verify online purchases, but in-store purchases are still limited to using the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
The iPad Mini 3 was displayed briefly and then pricing was showed. This is probaly because the only notable difference between the iPad Mini 2 and the iPad Mini 3, is the inclusion of TouchID. We were all waiting on TouchID anyhow so at least we have it on the iPad Mini 3.
The internals and physical elements remain exactly the same as the iPad Mini 2 – A7 chip, 5MP camera, Retina Display (2048 x 1536) etc.
The new iMac has a display with the resolution of 5120 x 2880 on a 27 inch, nothing short of impressive! The display panel itself is said to be using 30% less energy and remains at the same 5mm thick body as the previous model.
The base model includes a 3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics card, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB Fusion drive. However, users can decide up to a 4GHz Core i7 processor, 32GB of RAM, a 3TB Fusion drive, or a 1TB SSD.
The new Mac Mini was announced, and it includes 4th-gen Intel Core processors, Intel Iris and HD Graphcs 5000, with up to 90% faster graphics than previous generations.
There are 2 Thunderbolts port, PCIe-based flash storage, 802.11ac WiFi and according to Apple, it’s the “world’s most efficient desktop”.
iOS 8.1 is to be released early next week, introducing the ability to use Apple Pay, which was said to be launching this monday. This means that iOS 8.1 should reach before, or early Monday Octobery 20th, 2014.
OS X Yosemite
OS X Yosemite will be available TODAY on the Mac App Store. This is one of the most significant updates to Mac’s OS. The new updater includes a total visual overhaul just like what iOS 7/8 did to iOS 7 and before. This new look on the Mac will much more resemble the iOS 7/8 look with the translucent elements and blurred effects while giving an overal flatter UI.
What makes this so special, is that it finally introduces continuity with iOS devices. Continuinty is the ability to be working on something on a Mac or iOS device, and quickly continuing that work on another Mac/iOS device seemlessly, picking up right where you left off. There’s also the ability to make and receive cellular calls through your phone, using your Mac as a loudspeaker, and the ability to send and receive SMS messages on your phone, right from your Mac.
Stay tuned here, and on the YouTube Channel, for more in depth coverage on all these releases over time.