Yesterday, Apple hosted its second major press conference in just over a month, unveiling a range of new products to supplement the recent release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Speculation around the net had suggested that the company would be showing off their latest tablet offerings and they proved true, joined on stage by news on Apple Pay, Yosemite and a few desktop upgrades.
Undoubtedly the biggest announcement on the night was the confirmation of the iPad Air 2. The original iPar Air launched in November 2013 and took the range to new heights in its quest for stle and sleekness, with a form that was just 7.5 mm in width. Well, against all odds, Apple has done even better this year.
The iPad Air 2 is a bit of an engineering marvel – measuring just 6.1 mm thin and weighing 437 grams. Its sleek curves house a 9.7 inch screen with such a tiny bezel and lightweight build that it truly looks and feels like a space-age device.
What’s more, Apple has somehow managed to make this new Air 2 even faster than before, with a 40 percent faster CPU and more than 2 times the graphical power, as well as a battery that will last up to 10 hours. The screen has been improved in colour and clarity and also includes an anti-reflective coating for the first time which makes it visible even in strong sunlight.
If you’ve ever been disappointed with the camera performance on your tablet, the iPad Air 2 is set to change that. It features a fast f2.4 lens with an 8 MP iSight sensor. New features include a 43MP panorama mode (which looks incredible) as well as 1080p video recording, time lapse photography and the ability to make cool slow motion videos at 120fps!
Apple is also rolling out Touch ID to the iPad Air 2, integrating with Apple Pay services which are set to go online in the United States on Monday the 20th of October. The Touch ID sensor will also add an extra later of fingerprint security to your new tablet.
The iPad Air 2 and Apple Pay took the headline spots at the event but Apple also talked about a new third generation model for their iPad mini range. This popular tablet sports a 7.9 inch screen and unrivalled portability.
For the iPad mini 3, Touch ID has been added to the already stellar device, making your tablet more secure than ever before. A new gold version is also being offered, as well as all of the benefits which come from iOS 8 – which is available now.
Desktop users also have a few treats in store, starting with something truly revolutionary. Apple is getting ready to release the world’s first 5K display, and it just so happens to come attached to an iMac! This 27 inch viewing wonder packs in pixels at a resolution of 5210 x 2880 – five times that of regular HD televisions.
At this high resolution, text is incredibly sharp and you’ll see new details in your photos that you’ve never noticed before. And if you’re a creative sort you’ll even be able to edit 4K video at its full resolution, with room for your tools on the side.
What’s more, the new iMac measures up to Apple’s incredible design sensibilities with a thin and sleek screen and the streamlined body still manages to include top of the line specs like a 3.5 GHz quad core i5 processor, the most powerful graphics processor ever featured on an iMac and 8 gigs of RAM plus a 1 terabyte fusion hard drive as standard.
For those looking for processing power on a slightly lower budget, there was also a refresh of the Mac mini line. These tiny, self-contained computers have proved hugely popular since they launched in 2005, essentially providing the power of a desktop computer in a tiny box which can be used anywhere.
The new Mac mini has been given a spec boost and a price drop – which is great news for customers! Graphical power has increased by up to 90 percent and the speed of Wi-fi has improved and there has also been a bump in RAM and two Thunderbolt 2 ports mean you’ll never have to wait for anything.
The Mac mini is also the world’s most energy efficient desktop, consuming as little as 6 watts while idle and exceeding the requirements of Energy Star 6.1 by seven times. It’s small, quiet and will make a huge difference to your computing power.
Apple also confirmed that their latest desktop operating system, Yosemite, was now available to download for free for existing users. This new OS features deep integration with the mobile iOS 8, including continuity which allows you to start a task on your iPhone and complete it on your Mac and vice versa.
With these and other recent announcements one thing is certain, it’s an exciting time to be an Apple fan!
In Short: Apple has just announced another range of devices for 2014 including their thinnest tablet yet and a desktop stunner