Apple Announces the iPad Air 2, the iPad Mini 3, and More

Yesterday, at its big event, Apple officially announced three new devices: the iPad Air 2, the iPad Mini 3, and the iMac with Retina Display. Not only that, but the company shared more details about OS X Yosemite, and unveiled iOS 8.1.

iPad Air 2

18% thinner than the original iPad Air, the iPad Air 2 is only 6.1mm thick, which makes it the world’s slimmest tablet to this date. It is powered by Apple’s A8X chipset – a version specifically made for the iPad family – a processor that’s 40% faster than the previous iPad Air processor, and comes with 2.5 times improved graphics performance.

Apple announces iPad Air 2

The iPad Air 2 boasts a 9.7” screen, with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, and comes with a new anti-reflective coating, which reduces reflections off the screen up to 56%. Aside from that, the iPad Air 2 sports an 8-megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p videos, as well as time-lapse and 120fps slow-mo videos, and it comes with the burst mode option. The front camera has been updated, too, and now has a new sensor, improved face detection, and supports HDR videos.

The new iPad Air comes with Apple’s TouchID, which means that you’ll be able to unlock your device with your fingerprint alone, and use the upcoming Apple Pay. A 8,600mAh battery is responsible for providing the tablet with enough energy, and the iPad Air 2 will run newly announced iOS 8.1.

Available in Silver, Space Grey, and Gold, you’ll be able to get the iPad Air 2 with either 16GB (around 390 euros), 64GB (roughly 460 euros), or 128GB (around 550 euros) of storage.

iPad Mini 3

Simply called the ‘iPad Mini 3′, this tablet measures 200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm, and comes with a 7.9” Retina Display. Not much has changed since the iPad Mini with Retina Display, to be honest. Underneath the hood is the old proccessor – as Apple’s A7 – 1GB of RAM DDR3, 16/64/128GB of storage, and a 6470 mAh battery. The rear 5-megapixel iSight camera stayed the same, too, as well as the connectivity options – LTE and Wi-Fi 802.11ac.

Apple iPad Mini 3

What’s new is the addition of Touch ID, Apple Pay, and the Gold colour option, and the removal of the 32GB model.

The iPad Mini 3 will be available by the end of the week. The 16GB version will cost roughly 300 euros, the 64GB one around 390 euros, and the 128GB model about 460 euros.

iOS 8.1, OS X Yosemite, and iMac with Retina Display

Apple also announced iOS 8.1 at yesterday’s event, with Apple Pay being the main point of the upgrade. Aside from that, this update brings a new way of handling apps – users can now check permissions required by third-party apps, and they can be disabled individually and re-enabled if necessary. Camera Roll is back, and the Recently Added section in Photos now shows your full history. iOS 8.1 will start seeding on October 20.

Apple iMac with Retina Display

The iMac with Retina Display comes with a huge 5K resolution – that’s seven times more pixels than a Full HD 1080p resolution. As for the processors, you get the latest Intel Core i5 and Intel Core i7 processors, clocked at up to 4GHz.

Apple also shared more details about OS X Yosemite, which is available for free (as of yesterday). OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 can now engage and let your devices recognize when next to each other, and you can also take calls from your iMac or MacBook running OS X Yosemite. Another feature that OS X Yosemite arrived with is Apple’s new Handoff feature.