On the 16th October 2014, Apple announced the release of new iPad, Mac models and a new upgrade for the OS X operating system. This comes on top of the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and the imminent arrival of the Apple Watch. We can’t help but wonder whether Apple employ super-humans who don’t need sleep…
This huge announcement saw Apple unveil new Mac mini, 27” iMac with Retina 5K display, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and new OS X Yosemite. Hard to guess what’s going to be on our Christmas lists this year. Brace yourselves: here’s a breakdown.
iPad mini 3
The iPad mini 2 only sees a change in price. Spec-wise, it’s the same as the previous iPad mini, but is now retailing at £199 inc VAT. So it’s £50 cheaper than its previous price. The iPad mini 3 is a slightly revamped version of the old iPad mini with Retina display, with Touch ID added and also available in gold. Handy for people thinking about using Apple Pay when it comes to the UK – as you’ll need Touch ID.
iMac with Retina 5K display
This makes us extremely happy. The new iMac has a 27” Retina 5K display with full 5120×2880 resolution, a choice of 8,16 or 32 GB of RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive and 2 Thunderbolt2 ports. It has a faster processor than any other Mac EVER, with up to 4.0 GHz Quad Core i7. We can’t wait, we want one now. Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Philip Schiller, said that: “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”.
At a new lower price of £399 inc VAT, the new Mac mini comes with a faster processor and quicker WiFi than it’s predecessor. It comes complete with two Thunderbolt2 ports and the choice of 4, 8 or 16 GB of non-upgradable memory and new Apple operating system OS X Yosemite. Apple also announced that they will now be discontinuing the Mac mini server. Get in touch with us to find out about your options.
iPad Air 2
The new iPad Air 2 is a tiny 6.1mm in thickness – a massive 18% thinner than the previous iPad Air. With an A8X processor, improved CPU graphics performance and touch ID, the new iPad Air is also available in the delightful gold colour. Of course, you can still purchase the iPad Air (1st Gen) on our website.
OS X Yosemite
Available now as a free download, OS X Yosemite is the latest version of Apple’s desktop operating system. Apple senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi says that: “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.” Read the full press release from Apple here.
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