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Kevin Proulx

As Google did Wednesday, Apple unveiled its new products yesterday during a special event. Many announcements were made, notably about Mac OS X Yosemite and iCloud, but 3 unveilings stole the show for varying reasons: iPad Air 2, iPad 3 mini and the new version of the iMac. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about these new products from the popular brand.

2 New iPad and a New iMac

iPad Air 2

The iPad Air 2 iPad Mini 3 tablets differ on several technical aspects. However, their new versions have one thing in common; they are an incremental update to their specifications rather than a complete overhaul like the one we witnessed on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus’ launch. Is Apple preparing a big surprise for its next launch? I think so.

Returning to the iPad Air 2, Apple has made it leaner at 6,1 mm even though the iPad Air was far from being overly thick at 7,5 mm thick. Regarding the display, its size is still 9,7 inches, but the Cupertino company applied an anti-reflection coating which reduces reflections on screen by 56%, which is very good news for those who like to use their iPad outside. Apple has also integrated its Touch ID system into the iPad Air 2 in order to facilitate online payment.

iPad Air 2

Regarding performances, the new model uses the new A8X 64-bit processor, which is a modified version of the processor that powers the iPhone 6. Apple declares that the new processor allows a speed increase of about 40% over the iPad Air. In addition, the M8 coprocessor is also on board and you can accumulate and look at movement data just like on the iPhone 6. Photography and video lovers will be pleased to know that the camera is now 8 megapixels, can capture video at 1080p and has many features such as slow motion video and time lapse make their arrival on the tablet. Wi-Fi performance is also improved thanks to Wi-Fi 802.11ac support and and battery is estimated to be at about 10 hours.

The iPad Air 2 will be sold at prices ranging between US $ 499 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi only model and US $ 829 for the 128GB LTE model and will be available in gold, silver and gray. Apple’s new flagship tablet will arrive in stores next week.

iPad mini 3

The unveiling of the iPad mini 3 drew attention, but not for the reasons Apple hoped for. Indeed, the new model is disappointing since it boasts very little improvements over the iPad mini 2. In fact, its only notable addition is the Touch ID system. Under the hood, it comes with last year’s A7 processor and the main camera is only 5 megapixels. The iPad mini 3 will be sold starting at US $ 399 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi model and will be available next week. Also, the iPad mini 2 gets a price drop to a US $ 299 starting price point (US $ 249 for the iPad mini 1).

iPad mini 3

The New iMac

The new iMac has undoubtedly been the star of yesterday’s event. Apple decided to hit a home run by unveiling an iMac with a 27 inch 5K (5120 x 2880) screen which is, apparently, beautiful. Despite its new screen, the 5 mm thickness remains. Like all Apple computers, it is possible to raise the bill considerably by adding options, but the basic model will be available for US $ 2 499 and will come with a Fusion 1TB hard drive, 8GB of Ram, Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 3,5 GHz and an AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics card with 2 GB of video memory. You can set up your new iMac now on the company’s website.

iMac 5K

This concludes this article on the top 3 new products introduced by Apple during yesterday’s event. Are you interested by one of these products?

Kevin Proulx

While Apple will unveil its new iPad models tomorrow during a special, today Google seized the opportunity to create a media buzz by unveiling 3 new products for its Nexus line of products: the Nexus 6 phone, Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus Player, a set-top box running Android TV. In this article, I will summarize the key points to know about each of these new products launched by the Mountain View giant and I will give you my opinion on each one.

The Next Generation of Nexus Products

Nexus 6

Rumors were persistent in the last few months on the fact that the Nexus 6 would have a 6 inch screen. This rumor proved true as the Nexus 6, whose design is heavily inspired by Motorola’s Moto X Motorola, has a 5,96 inch QHD (2560 X 1440) screen. The newest Nexus will be powered by a Snapdragon 805 QuadCore processor clocked at 2.7 GHz and powered by a 3220 mAh battery. Regarding the photographic capabilities of its cameras, the main camera is 13 megapixels with dual LED flash and the front camera is 2 megapixels and images captured with the phone will be stored on its internal 32 or 64 GB memory, depending on the model. Finally, the Nexus 6 will ship with the latest version of the Android operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop, pre-installed and will be sold ‘’unlocked’’ in November starting at $ 649.

My opinion: I find it interesting that Google abandons its strategy of offering high quality devices at unbeatable prices. However, the Nexus 6 is a very attractive phone, but is a little too big for my tastes with its 6 inch screen and I am not the only one who thinks this way. In short, I do not intend to replace my Nexus 5 by a Nexus 6.

Nexus 9

The latest tablet to be sold under the Nexus banner was the Nexus 7 (2nd generation), which had a 7 inch screen. Nexus 9, meanwhile, has a 8.9 inch screen with a 2048 X 1536 resolution and a 4 : 3 ratio rather than a 16 : 9 one. The new Google tablet, manufactured by HTC, will come with a 64 bits processor Nvidia Tegra K1 and rely on 2GB of RAM. As for battery life, it is estimated at about 9 hours. The Nexus 9 will be available in 3 configurations: 16 GB for $ 399, 32GB for $ 479 and 32 GB – LTE for $ 599. It will also come with Android 5.0 pre-installed and will make its debut in stores in November.

My opinion: Since I have always found the Nexus 7 too small with its 7 inch screen and the iPad too big with its 9,7 inch screen, the Nexus 9’s 8,9 inch screen seems ideal to me. Although its price is considerably higher compared to the previous generation of Nexus tablets, I think it could gain a lot of fans (which include myself) if it delivers in performance and build quality.

Nexus Player

The Nexus Player is a set-top box running Android TV and represents another attempt by Google to conquer a highly disputed  territory among high-tech companies, the living room. This new product, developed in partnership by Asus and Google, connects to the TV and lets you stream TV shows, movies and music  and also allows you to play Android games with a controller that resembles those found with game consoles (sold separately). In addition, the Nexus Player can count on Google Cast technology to broadcast content from compatible apps on a phone, tablet or Chromebook on your TV. From a technical standpoint, the device is powered by a QuadCore Intel Atom 1.8 GHz processor, features Wi-Fi i802.11ac technology, is compatible with the Bluetooth 4.1 protocol, has an HDMI connector and the supplied remote with the device allows the use of voice commands. Finally, you will not have to wait too long or ruin yourself to get the Nexus Player since it will be available in November for $ 99.

Nexus Player set-top box and remote

My opinion: The Nexus Player seems to be a great product and the best opportunity for Google to position itself into people’s living room. However, for my part, I have little interest in this product because I already own several devices that allow me to stream content to my TV and access apps such as Netflix. However, for someone who has no such device and wants to buy one, I think that at $ 99, it will be a very good buy unless tech critics find serious design flaws in its conception. In my opinion, this is unlikely to happen.

This concludes my article on the unveiling of new products in Google’s Nexus brand. Do you intend to purchase one or many of these products?

Kevin Proulx

Apple fans all around the world were excited about yesterday’s big event. Indeed, according to most Internet rumors, 2 new iPhone and a smart watch were expected to be shown to the press. Ultimately, the rumors were true as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were unveiled during the event in addition to the Apple Watch, the Cupertino giant’s answer to the smartwatches recently launched by its competitors. In this article, I will share with you everything you need to know about the new products unveiled yesterday during Apple’s event.

The Rumors Were True, Apple Revealed 2 new iPhone and a Smartwatch

2 New iPhone: IPhone 6 AND IPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 is the first iPhone with a screen that pushes the 4 inch barrier. Indeed, the iPhone 6 has 4.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1334 X 750 pixels. It is the thinnest smartphone ever built by Apple with a thickness of 6.9 mm.

With the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple enters the ‘phablets’ market. With its 1920 X 1080 pixels 5.5-inch screen, Apple now has a device that will satisfy consumers who are looking for a great phone. Despite its size, the iPhone 6 Plus is still thinner than the iPhone 5S (7.6 mm) at 7.1 mm. The large size of the screen allows the phone to use the home screen in landscape mode and to gain access to additional keys on the keyboard, among others. Finally, to ease one-handed use of the device, top of the screen icons will scroll down when users double-click the Home button.

The 2 New iPhone

The two smartphones are powered by Apple’s new A8 processor, which is 50% more efficient and 25% faster than the A7 processor found in the current iPhone and iPad. Regarding the phones’ software, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be sold with iOS 8 pre-installed (iOS 8 will be available on September 17th for previous generation iPhone owners). They are also equipped with an NFC antenna, a first for an iPhone, to be able to pay with the new ApplePay system.

Camera wise, the megapixels count is the same at 8, but it has been greatly improved, according to Apple. Autofocus is faster than on the iPhone 5S and the camera can shoot at 1080p/30fps, 1080p/60fps and 240fps slow motion videos. In addition, panoramic photos can now be up to a resolution of 42 megapixels and the iPhone 6 Plus offers optical image stabilization.

Regarding price and release date, the iPhone 6 will be sold between $ 199 (16GB Version) and $ 399 (128GB version) and iPhone 6 Plus between $ 299 (version 16GB) and $ 499 (version 128GB), depending on which model you choose (the advertised prices are valid when a 2 year agreement is signed when you acquire the phone, of course). Both models will be available on September 19.

Apple Will Tackle the Smartwatch Market in 2015 With The Apple Watch

After witnessing competitors such as Samsung, LG and Motorola launch smartwatch models during big events, yesterday was Apple’s turn to reveal what it had in store.

For the Apple Watch, Tim Cook and his team went with a rectangular face when the competition appears to shift towards circular faces. Apple’s smart watch will be available in two models and with a choice of 6 different straps that cover several styles. Regarding price and release date, the watch will be sold starting at $ 349 and will be available in early 2015.

Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is a very interesting product on a technical level. Indeed, the screen is not only a touchscreen; it is able to identify the force that is applied to it. Thus, a quick tap on the screen will not trigger the same action as a sustained press. In addition, Cupertino engineers understood that ‘pinch to zoom’ was not the best idea for a smartwatch screen. To get around this, the Apple Watch relies on a wheel on its side that is reminiscent of the one found in traditional watches. This wheel will be used, among other things, to zoom in on maps or to scroll through a text message conversation. A click on the wheel will bring the user back to the home screen. Finally, fitness and health is very important to Apple’s smartwatch, as evidenced by the many sensors that are located on the back of the device.

This concludes this brief overview of the new products that were announced by Apple yesterday. Will you be a day one iPhone 6 owner? Are you thinking about buying an Apple Watch in 2015?

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