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October 16, 2014

Miss Apple’s iPad And Mac Event? Don’t Worry We Have You Covered

So Apple held their iPad and Mac event today at 6PM UK time and we saw some pretty awesome releases from them. Instead of creating loads of individual posts I thought I would share it all in the one place for easy reading. So let’s get started.

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OS X Yosemite & new iWork available for free today

Get ready to update your Macs as Apple have released their free next-generation operating system. It is set to hit the Mac App Store today but there is no sign of it as of yet in the UK but I will be checking and checking and checking haha. The update arrives with an all new design and works seamless with iOS 8. Not only did we get the software update we have also been treated to a newly designed iWork suite and this will also be free to download as of today.

Apple software chief Craig Federighi done an excellent job with his presentation and demonstrated how awesome Yosemite and iOS 8.1 work together. Also demonstrated was the new versions of Numbers, Keynote and Pages with their new flatter design that bring it in line with OS X Yosemite.

Arriving with the update is iCloud Drive, which will enable easy cross-platform file sharing to Mac, iOS and even Windows devices. Mail has also seen upgrades and new features with support for the iCloud-based Mail Drop for sending files up to a whopping 5GB in size. Yosemite will also arrive with a redesigned iTunes 12 as well as better battery life and performance.

The full list of Yosemite features that Apple highlighted are :

    • Today view in Notification Center, giving you quick access to informative widgets for Calendar, Weather, Stocks, Reminders, World Clock and social networks. You can also add widgets like Yahoo! Sports from the Mac App Store to customize your Today view;
    • A new Spotlight, delivering rich information right to your desktop from Wikipedia, Maps, Bing, App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, top websites, news and movie showtimes;
    • iCloud Drive, so you can store files of any type in iCloud, organize them any way you like, and access them from your Mac, iPhone, iPad or even a Windows PC;
    • A streamlined new Safari that delivers the fastest performance, as well as the longest battery life for web browsing and Netflix HD video streaming on the Mac;
    • An updated version of Mail, which includes Markup for quickly filling out and signing forms and PDFs right within Mail, plus Mail Drop, which makes it easy to send large attachments up to 5GB for free;
    • Enhanced Messages, so now you can add participants to your ongoing group conversations, see their locations on a map, quickly access attachments and even mute notifications;
    • iTunes 12, which has a sleek new look, is fast and simple to use, and makes it easier to switch between browsing your music library and discovering new music on the iTunes Store. A new Recents view makes it easy to access the media you just purchased or recently played; and
    • Family Sharing, so family members can now browse and download each other’s iTunes, iBooks or Mac App Store purchases.

 

6.1mm iPad Air 2 with touch id

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We already knew that the updated iPad Air was coming but we had no idea it was going to be as awesome as it is.

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The iPad Air 2 is the world’s thinnest tablet at 6.1mm thin which is 18% thinner than the original iPad Air. The new Air also feature’s Touch ID just like we already have on the iPhone. As well as unlocking the iPad you will also be able to use Touch ID to authorise iTunes and App Store purchases, Touch ID is also integrated with Apple Pay allowing users to pay for online shopping with their fingertip.

The iPad Air 2 feature’s the new A8X chip is 12 times faster than the original iPad’s A4 chip and it is very impressive indeed.

It also features the Apple M8 chip, which tracks motion and includes a barometric pressure sensor, which developers can utilise.

There’s also a new anti-reflective coating which reduces glare by 56 percent over its predecessor. Apple says the new display features the lowest reflectivity of any tablet on the market. This should make using the iPad Air 2 outdoors a pleasurable experience.

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The camera has also been updated with an 8-megapixel iSight camera, capable of shooting 1080p HD video. The new camera is packed with awesome features like the ability to capture panoramic photos up to 43 megapixels, capture Burst Mode and Timelapse images, and shoot slow-motion videos at 120 frames per second. I really can’t wait to test this out.

Apple have also added dual microphone’s to the Air 2, one on the side and the other on the rear and Apple say that this will provide better audio quality.

The iPad Air is available in silver, gold and space grey with pricing starts at £399 for the 16GB WiFi model and then goes to £479 and £559 for the 64GB and 128Gb. If you are after LTE connectivity then your looking at £499, £579 and £659. Apple will begin online sales on 17th October.

iPad mini 3 launches with Touch ID

iPad mini 3 touch ID

This is another product we were expecting Apple to launch and they did just that. The iPad mini 3 isn’t a huge update but it does bring Touch ID and a new gold colour option. Other than that it’s basically the same as the iPad mini 2, the good news is that all the other models including the original iPad mini have seen a nice price drop and you can pick one up starting at £199.

Apple release 27-inch iMac with Retina display

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Apple have just made the iMac even better with what it calls the “world’s highest resolution display.”

The all-new iMac with Retina display packs a crazy 5,120-by-2,880 pixel resolution with a total of 14.7 million pixels. All those pixels crammed into a 27-inch panel provides what looks like the best display we have seen to date. Apple calls it the “Retina 5K display” and it boasts 7 times the amount of pixels than an HD display and 67% more pixels than a 4K display.

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Apple haven’t forgotten about saving the planet tho as even with all this new screen tech it is still 30% more energy efficient than the previous version.

The new iMac starts shipping today if you can afford the £1999 price tag and if you can then you are in for a treat.

 

Conclusion

So that’s all the interesting products out of the way and we certainly have a lot to look forward to. I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on the new iPad Air 2 as it looks as if it could be the best iPad yet. I hope you found this post informative but if you need any more information then be sure to hit up the Apple Store. Stay tuned as I will be reviewing O

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