There’s no need to fret if you missed Apple’s big event today because we have you all covered. As expected there were no earth-shattering announcements and much of the news focused primarily on updates revolving around some of Apple’s most storied products. Here’s what was announced:
OS X Yostemite, iWork and iOS 8.1
Apple announced that its flagship operating system OS X Yosemite and its productivity suite iWork would be available for free starting today. This announcement was also coupled with the news that iOS 8.1, the first update to Apple’s new mobile operating system, would be available on Monday.
(P.S. Apple also announced the return of the camera roll t0 iOS after they received “a little bit of feedback” from consumers regarding its unexplained disappearance.)
New iMacs (with a Retina display model!)
The company’s prodigal child is back with some spiffy new updates to its hardware as well as its price. The refresh brings an iMac model with a Retina display to the lineup, and Apple claims that it has “the world’s highest resolution display.” With a resolution of 5120×2880 pixels we really wouldn’t be surprised if that was true. The Retina iMac will have a starting price of $2499 while the non-Retina iMacs (all of which have been upgraded across the board) would be sold in three starting prices of $1,099, $1,799 and $2,499.
New Mac Mini (finally)!
The looked over Mac Mini received a refresh as well (for the first time in two years). Apple gave their super petite desktop computer updates to its storage capacity (some of their models have a base storage capacity of 1 Terabyte!) processor, RAM and graphics card. The Mac Mini will be available starting today and will come in three different starting prices: $499, $699 and $999.
Hello, iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3!
The new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 made their debut today, and just to rub in how thin their tablets are, Apple slipped the new iPad Air behind a pencil that had been sliced in half.
The new tablets are less than a quarter of an inch thick with the iPad Air 2 weighing only .96 or .98 pounds (depending on if you get the Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and cellular model) and the iPad Mini weighing only .73 pounds or .75 pounds. Both iPads have an LED-backlit Retina display, better quality camera’s (the iPad Air 2 has an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, and the iPad mini has a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera) and a supposedly much more robust battery life.