Yesterday, Apple unveiled a host of new products at a special event in California. Here’s what went down.
The big news of the night was all about tablets – though most of it had been spoiled by earlier rumour and even a leak from Apple themselves right before the kick off.
Tim Cook took to the stage to show off the iPad Air 2, which was undoubtedly the highlight of the evening. Somehow they’ve managed to make their new tablet even thinner than before, now measuring just 6.1 mm. If you stacked two on top of eachother they’d still be thinner than the first iPad!
The Air 2 retains a 9.7 inch screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536. Colours are more vibrant and there’s a new crafted antireflective coating which makes it more visible in bright light. With fast specs and up to 10 hours of battery life, the Air 2 also features Touch ID and a massively improved 8 MP iSight camera.
The company also announced a refresh of the iPad Mini with its third generation. The major addition is the new Touch ID sensor which will allow the device to integrate with Apple Pay when it launches. Otherwise the specs are the same.
Elsewhere, Apple also revealed details of a new desktop, a 27 inch iMac with an incredible 5K screen – the resolution will be staggering 5210 x 2880 – and a refresh of the popular Mac mini, with great specs and a new low price.
They also talked more about Apple Pay, a contactless payment system which has support from retailers and banks and launches in the US on the 20th of October and talked up the roll out of iOS 8 which now features on almost half of Apple mobile devices worldwide. That’s alongside the arrival of their new desktop OS Yosemite, which is available as a free upgrade to existing MacOS users now.
All in all, its been a massive month for Apple, with the arrival of two major new handsets in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as well as their move into new territory with the Apple Watch and launching their thinnest tablet yet.
The Apple iPad Air 2 and Mini 3 will be available in Ireland next week.