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.
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).
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.
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?