Apple’s latest keynote was full of announcements for iPad and Mac enthusiasts. Apple has finally unveiled its second generation iPad Air, a slightly revised iPad mini, and the long rumored iMac with Retina display. Apple’s keynote went on for about 90 minutes, but in case you didn’t have time to sit through the entire thing, we’ve put together a recap to get you up to speed…
Apple’s bankrupt former sapphire supplier is seeking to shut down its Mesa, Arizona plant and has informed 727 employees that they will be laid off between today and December 15th, according to AZ Central. The breakdown of the jobs being cut includes:
…524 production workers, 108 technical positions, 70 management jobs and 25 administrative jobs, according to the notice signed by Linda Luman, vice president of human resources for GT.
We all know that iPhoto and Aperture for Mac are on borrowed time: Apple has already announced that the Mac app is going away in favor of a new iCloud-infused Photos app next year and iOS 8 doesn’t even allow users to launch the old iPhoto app. However, that’s not stopping Apple from giving iPhoto for Mac and Aperture for Mac final farewells. The Mac App Store was updated this evening with updates for iPhoto and Aperture that “addresses compatibility with OS X Yosemite and stability improvements.” It’s likely that this will be the last iPhoto update, if not one of the very last ones.
As promised during today’s event, Apple has begun rolling out significant updates to iWork across both OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. The Yosemite updates start with a new design to fit the operating system’s refreshed aesthetic, while the iOS updates center around adding Continuity and Handoff functionality. This means you can now start working on an iWork document on your iPad, and continue where you left off automatically on either an iPhone, iPod touch, Mac or another iPad. The Mac and iOS apps have also seen some notable feature enhancements. You can see the full feature addition lists for each Mac and iOS iWork app below:
With Apple Pay launching on Monday with iOS 8.1 for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared an update at today’s special event with additional retailers and iOS apps that will accept Apple Pay at launch or have committed to accept Apple Pay in the future. According to Apple’s microsite for Apple Pay, the company has added 16 additional retailers and venues with plans to accept Apple Pay at launch or in the future. In addition to those retailers and venues, Apple has added 12 additional apps that plan to accept Apple Pay starting on Monday or sometime after the launch date. Read more
The Apple Store online is back up following today’s event and there are a bunch of new products to check out. The new iMac with Retina 5K display is now available for purchase starting at $2499 for the base model. The updated Mac Mini is also available with prices ranging from $499 to $999.
If you’re more interested in the new iPad models announced today, you can check out pricing and configuration info for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 before ordering starts tomorrow. Older iPad models are still available at reduced prices as part of an ever-expanding lineup of tablets.
Apple today announced the first Retina desktop computer with the Retina 5K iMac. The new Retina 5K iMac will start at $2499 for the all-in-one desktop computer and begin shipping today. The base model Retina 5K iMac will include a 3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, AMX Radeon R9 M290X graphics, 8GB RAM, and a 1TB Fusion Drive. Apple will continue to sell the non-Retina 27-inch iMac which starts at $1799 as well as the non-Retina 21.5-inch iMac starting at $1099. Read more
Apple has just announced a brand-new Retina 27-inch iMac. Apple is spreading Retina displays across the lineup, with the iMac leading that charge. This is the highest resolution screen in the world, according to Apple, with 14.7 million pixels. This is a 5K display — more than seven times the pixels of a HDTV. The screen builds on the technology Apple built on the iPhone and iPad, but to a whole new scale.
The iMac is just 5mm at its thinnest point, maintaining the same thinness as the previous generation, despite the massive leap in pixel density.
Apple announced the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, but previous versions of the popular tablet will still be available for sale. The first-generation iPad mini, which is now two generations old, will start at $249 while the newer iPad mini 2 will be available for $50 more at $299. The new iPad mini 3 will come in at $399.
The original iPad air will also still be available coming in at the same price as the iPad mini 3, $399, for the base model. The iPad Air 2 will go for $499.
Following an official unveiling of its new second generation iPad Air at its press event today, Apple has now confirmed the device will start at $499 and ship next week. Preorders for the new iPad Air 2 kick off tomorrow, Oct. 17.
The $499 starting price for the new iPad Air is for the 16GB, Wi-Fi only model matching the prices of the previous generation iPad Air. Apple will also offer 32GB ($599), 64GB ($699) and 128GB ($799) variants for the usual $100 premium. The cellular model of the iPad Air 2 starts at the same $629 for the 16GB model as the previous generation. Read more
As part of the Apple event, Pixelmator has announced an iPad version of its popular Mac image-editor. The app is a near complete representation of the desktop app, with color correction, effects and other edits. Obviously, the app’s UI has been optimized for the iPad with big touch-friendly controls and a pane-less, simplified interface.
The photo-editing app will be released very soon for all recent iPads, but is specifically optimized to take advantage of the power of the A8X in the iPad Air 2.