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Apple rolls out new iPads, iMac, OS

Apple rolls out new iPads, iMac, OS
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Because two smartphones and a smartwatch weren’t enough, Apple introduces the next-generation iPad tablets—the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini—along with other new Apple products and OS. And it’s just in time for your pre-holiday shopping spree!

The iPad Air 2 is Apple’s thinnest and most powerful iPad to date. Enclosed in an anodized aluminum unibody, the new iPad is just 6.1mm thin and weighs short of 500g. The new Apple-designed A8X chip, together with the M8 motion coprocessor, powers the iPad Air 2.

A new feature of the iPad Air 2 is the Touch ID that was introduced in the iPhone 6. It allows you to unlock your iPad with just a touch of a finger. You can also use this feature to easily and securely purchase from the App Store, iTunes Store, or iBooks Store, and with Apple Pay.

The iPad Air 2’s camera is boosted to 8MP, matching the ones found on the latest iPhones. You can get the iPad Air 2 at starting prices of $499 and $629 for the Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi+LTE variants, respectively.

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  • iOS 8
  • 7” 2048 x 1536 264ppi Retina display with anti-reflective coating
  • 64-bit A8X chip, M8 motion coprocessor
  • 16/64/128GB
  • 8MP with a f/2.2 rear, 1.2MP FaceTime HD cameras; 1080p HD video
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), LTE, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 10 hours battery life
  • 240 x 169.5 x 6.1mm
  • Available in gold, silver, and space gray
[/unordered_list] Apple’s smallest tablet gets an upgrade, too, with the iPad mini 3. Similar to the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3 gets the Touch ID fingerprint recognition feature. However, it uses the older A7 processor and is not thinner than the last version. The rear camera has a lower resolution than the tablet’s bigger sibling.

The mini 3 starts at $399 for the Wi-Fi-only variant and at $529 for the Wi-Fi+LTE model.
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  • iOS 8
  • 9-inch 2048 x 1536 326ppi Retina display
  • 64-bit A7 chip, M7 motion coprocessor
  • 16/64/128GB
  • 5MP with a f/2.4 rear, 1.2MP FaceTime HD cameras; 1080p HD video
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/gn), LTE, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 10 hours battery life
  • 200 x 134.7 x 7.5mm
  • Available in gold, silver, and space gray
[/unordered_list] Boasting a Retina 5K display with 14.7M pixels, the 27-inch Apple iMac is positioned by the company as having the highest resolution display on the market. Its 5210 x 2880-pixel resolution is about five times the detail of a Full HD 1080p television. The iMac with Retina 5K display ships for a suggested retail price of $2,499.
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  • OS X Yosemite
  • 27-inch LED-backlit Retina display
  • 5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9GHz, AMD Radeon R9 M290x graphics processor
  • 32GB, 3TB Fusion Drive, 1TB SSD
  • USB 3, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, Wi-Fi (802.11ac), Bluetooth 4.0
[/unordered_list] Meanwhile, Apple lowers the starting price of the Mac mini to $499, making it the most affordable Mac of the company. But there’s no compromising its technology as it now features 4th-generation Intel Core processors, integrated graphics, Wi-Fi (80211ac), OS X Yosemite, and Thunderbolt 2.

Aside from the new Apple devices, the company also announced the availability of the OS X Yosemite and the Apple Pay. The new Yosemite operating system includes new features such as the ability to make phone calls with an iPhone nearby as well as a one-stop search tool for locally stored documents and online resources.

You can download the OS X Yosemite for free from the Mac App Store. And while Apple announced the Apple Pay during the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch, this iPhone feature officially releases on Monday, October 20.

Words Patricia Mae Calica


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