Apple’s Newest iPad and Newest Mac OS Are Here!
Apple’s newest Mac OS, Yosemite, is available today, and it’s absolutely free. Yosemite sports an updated look that echoes iOS 8, as well as inter-device continuity with any iPhone or iPad running iOS 8, meaning you can swap devices mid-project (or mid-phone call, for that matter) without losing a step. Most years, that would have been enough, but today it was only the beginning.
Today, Apple CEO Tim Cook and team announced the new, thinner and more powerful iPad Air. Even though it’s 18% thinner than the previous iPad Air, the new iPad Air 2 is packed full of new features and improvements.
For starters, Touch ID is right at home on iPad Air 2 at last. The camera has also been updated to 8 megapixels, f/2.4 lens and shoots 1080p HD video, burst mode, time-lapse and slo-mo video. A new front-facing FaceTime HD camera has improved face detection and burst selfies.
A brand new display reduces pesky reflections by 56%, a new 64-bit A8X chip increases CPU speeds by 40% and graphics are 2.5x faster. Battery life has been increased to up to 10 hours. Faster wi-fi with 802.11ac and faster LTE (20 bands for up to 150 Mbps) mean better connectivity.
With all of the under-the-hood improvements, speed upgrades, and a new anti-reflective display, we’re excited about the new iPad Air 2 and it’s capabilities for photo and video editing.
iPad Air 2 is available in 3 new colors: Silver, Space Gray, and Gold. Pricing starts at $499 (16GB), $599 (64GB) and $699 (128GB). Pre-orders begin October 17th, and are expected to ship next week.
iPad mini also got an update to include TouchID and the same new colors. The new iPad mini 3 starts at $399 (16GB), $499 (64GB) and $599 (128GB).
But that’s not all! Apple saved a little love for their legendary line of desktop computers. iMac got some attention today, with the new iMac Retina 5K display (27-inch). Boasting an unbelievably high-resolution display of 14.7 million pixels, the new iMac has 7x more pixels than HD and 67% more pixels than a 4K display. It goes without saying that this is the world’s highest resolution display. It ships today for $2499.
Last, but not least, Tim Cook gave everyone’s favorite “first Mac”, the Mac Mini, an upgrade with a faster processor, 2 Thunderbolt ports, faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and lower price point, starting at $499.