Apple announced the latest additions to both the iPad and iMac families during a press conference in California today.
With pre-conference hype lower than last month’s iPhone keynote event , CEO Tim Cook took to the stage to revel in the success of the iPhone’s launch, citing it as the fastest iPhone launch in history. Cook was also quick to note the success and attention that new NFC feature Apple Pay was getting, stating that over 500 banks had already signed up to the system.
Apple were keeping fans waiting as they continued discussing new operating system OS X Yosemite which is now available for free on the App Store, bringing with it a plethora of changes to iCloud, iTunes and Safari, which will now run up to 6x faster than rival browsers Google Chrome and Firefox.
But the big news was in the hardware department where, once again, online speculation had presumed correctly. The iPad Air 2 and 3rd Generation iPad Mini will become available for pre-order tomorrow with releases set for next week. These latest editions bring with them a 40% faster CPU, 10-hour battery life and an 8 Megapixel camera allowing 1080p HD videos to be recorded and played back, all topped off with an anti reflective coating. All of this will be jammed into the thinnest iPad yet measuring at just 6.1mm thick.
Never a company to shy away from just the one announcement, Apple also introduced the iMac Retina Display, a brand new edition to the desktop family with a 5K Retina display. To put it into perspective, a 5k display is 7 times more pixels than basic HD and 67% more pixels than 4K displays. The iMac will measure 27″ with an 8GB RAM and is available from today. Not only this but Apple also announced the mini Mac, a smaller version of the iMac PC which will cost around $500.
iPad Air 2 will retail at: $499 for 16GB, $599 for 64GB, $699 for 128GB and will be available in space grey, silver or gold. iPad Mini 3 will be available in the same 3 colours costing: $399 for 16GB, $499 for 64GB and $599 for 128GB
The iMac Retina Display will retail at $2500
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