Apple announces new Retina 5K iMac, iPad Air 2, OS X Yosemite

Jonathan Stewart
17 October, 2014
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Apple has unveiled the 27in iMac with Retina display, a new Mac mini, the second-generation iPad Air and the iPad mini 3 at its Cupertino campus this morning. Plus it announced OS X Yosemite is ready to go today.

iMac with Retina 5K display

Apple showed off the latest in its desktop range with the iMac with Retina display. The new 27in Mac has an incredible 5K display, the highest resolution display in the world, packing in 14.7 million pixels at 5120 x 2880.

“Thirty years after the first Mac changed the world, the new iMac with Retina 5K display running OS X Yosemite is the most insanely great Mac we have ever made,” said Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller. “With a breathtaking 14.7 million pixel display, faster CPU and graphics, Fusion Drive and Thunderbolt 2, it’s the most beautiful and powerful iMac ever.”

Apple says the new display is more power-efficient too, with a power reduction of up to 30 percent while providing four times as many pixels at the same brightness as the previous iMac.

The iMac with Retina 5K display ships with a 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, but can be configured with a 4 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor that can run up to 4.4 GHz with Turbo Boost.

The desktop computer comes standard with 8GB of memory and a 1TB Fusion Drive but can be configured with up to 32GB of memory, a 3TB Fusion Drive or up to 1TB SSD.

Available to ship from today, the 27in Mac starts at $2999.

iPad

The new iPad Air 2 tablets feature Touch ID, new colour options, faster Wi-Fi and new camera upgrades in a thinner, 6.1mm thick design.

“iPad is a magical piece of glass that runs more than 675,000 apps specifically designed for it, and is thin and light enough that you can comfortably hold it all day; the new iPad Air 2 is packed with amazing new innovations, weighs less than 450 grams, and at just 6.1mm is the thinnest tablet in the world,” said Schiller.

“iPad Air 2 has a new Retina display with anti-reflective coating, second generation 64-bit A8X chip, all-new iSight and FaceTime HD cameras, faster Wi-Fi and LTE wireless, and includes the revolutionary Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor.”

The new iPads are available for pre-order tomorrow in the same colour range as the iPhone lineup (silver, space grey and gold), with shipping estimated for next week.

The new tablet lineup weigh all less than 450 grams, offer a new anti-reflective coating on the displays that reduce glare by 56 percent and run the new A8 chip, which has increased the CPU performance by 40 percent and graphics performance by 2.5 times that of the iPad Air.

The iPad Air 2’s camera has an 8MP iSight camera that captures 1080p HD video and, like the iPhone lineup, can now take time-lapse videos, slo-mo videos, panoramic pictures up to 40MP in size and Burst Mode.

The front-facing camera is now a FaceTime HD camera that lets in 81 percent more light.

The Wi-Fi capabilities of the iPad Air 2 have also seen an improvement over the previous generation with connectivity performance increased by 2.8 times and the cellular model has integrated more LTE bands for a 50 percent connection boost.

Moving quickly through the iPad mini 3, Apple chief Phil Schiller confirmed the small tablet also has Touch ID and the same gold colour option as the iPad Air 2, but retains the iPad mini 2′s A7 chip and 5MP iSight camera.

Apple will continue to ship the iPad mini 2 and iPad Air at lower price points.

OS X Yosemite

Apple’s newest Mac operating system, OS X Yosemite, is available from today.

Like OS X Mavericks, the OS X 10.10 is a free upgrade on the Mac App Store.

Yosemite is a new look for the Mac, with flatter and transparent design features and will take advantage of Continuity, Apple’s aim to bring iOS and OS X closer together.

Continuity allows users to switch between Mac and iOS devices and continue to work from the same place as they left off in a range of applications from Safari to Maps. Continuity also allows users to send and receive messages, and make phone calls from their Macs.

“OS X Yosemite is the most advanced version of OS X we’ve ever built, with a brand new design, amazing Continuity features and powerful versions of the apps you use every day,” said Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi.

“OS X Yosemite ushers in the future of computing, where your Apple devices all work together seamlessly and magically. It’s something only Apple can do, and it’s available today.”

OS X Yosemite has made significant changes to Spotlight, bringing the search bar to the middle of the screen and allowing users to search the web for answers and open apps.

A new Today view in the Notification Center allows for informative Calendar, Weather, Stocks, Reminders widgets and third-party widgets that includes social media.

Safari, Mail, Messages and iTunes have also been updated in Yosemite.

Find out more on OS X Yosemite here.

Mac mini

Apple’s smallest Mac also received an update this morning, with the Mac mini getting new processors and a price drop.

The new Intel graphics chips will provide a 90 percent increase in graphics performance on the new Mac mini, while the device’s Wi-Fi connectivity has been updated to 802.11ac and two Thunderbolt 2 ports have been added.

The Mac mini keeps the design of previous generations and is available in three models. The 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 model costs $619, the middle tier model with a 2.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor is $869 and the 2.8 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor model starts at $1249.

 

 

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