Apple announces 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display starting at $2499, 5120×2880 screen resolution

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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.

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Apple says iPad mini 3 will start at $399 with pre-orders starting tomorrow

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Apple today announced the third generation of its 7.9-inch tablet with the new iPad mini 3. Apple says the new iPad mini 3 will start at $399 and be available for pre-order starting tomorrow. Storage capacities start at 16GB with both WiFi-only and Cellular options available. The new iPad mini 3 will be available in space gray, silver, and gold (for the first time). Read more

Apple will continue to sell both previous versions of iPad mini, first-gen iPad Air

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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.

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iPad Air 2 pricing & availability: starts at $499, preorder Oct. 17, ships next week

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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

Pixelmator announces iPad version of its photo-editing app, optimized for iPad Air 2 (update: Video)

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.

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Apple announces OS X Yosemite available today for free

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After previewing OS X Yosemite for the second time since its WWDC event in July, Apple announced today that OS X 10.10 Yosemite will be available today through the Mac App Store [direct link when live] at no cost to users. Mac users running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and 10.9 Mavericks can upgrade can upgrade to 10.10 Yosemite, although newer hardware is required for some features. OS X Yosemite brings a redesigned look and feel to the Mac as well as several features like iCloud Drive, Handoff and Continuity, Notification Center widgets, and more. Read more

Apple announces new versions of Pages, Keynote and Numbers with Yosemite visual updates and other improvements (iOS too!)

As part of its keynote, Apple has officially announced new versions of its iWork suite — Pages, Keynotes and Numbers. Each of the apps have received some ‘flattening’ UI changes to match the aesthetic of OS X Yosemite.

Each of the productivity apps also have other improvements, relevant to each task. In Numbers, you can now transpose tables in one step for example. Pages adds a new sidebar, with comments and other outline views. Keynote now includes some new text effects as well. The updates will be released alongside the release of OS X Yosemite today.

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iOS 8.1 will include Apple Pay, iCloud Photo Library in public beta, more improvements

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During today’s Apple event, Apple SVP of Software Craig Federighi mentioned iOS 8.1 as well as a few changes coming with the software update to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. With iOS 8.1, Apple will introduce Apple Pay for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The update will also include the public beta of iCloud Photo Library for every user; currently, the feature has been available to limited users since iOS 8’s public launch. Finally, Apple says iOS 8.1 will bring back the Camera Roll for users following customer feedback. Read more

Apple Pay is available starting Oct. 20, 500 more banks signed up

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As expected, today during its iPad and Mac event Apple announced an official Oct. 20 launch date for Apple Pay, its new payments service unveiled earlier this year alongside the NFC-equipped iPhone 6 models.

CEO Tim Cook also announced that the company has signed up 500 additional banks since first announcing initial partners last month. The banks will rollout Apple Pay this year and next, according to Cook. Initially the service will only be available for users in the US.  Read more