Highlights from Apple's Live Event

Apple made some announcements last week at it's live event...some were surprising, others not so much. Here's what some highlights: ----------------- iPad Air 2 ----------------- (see video in slide 2) It is 6.1 millimeters thick, making it 18% thinner than the previous one. It has a 9.7-inch screen size with a reported 56% reduced screen glare. It contains the A8X, a 64-bit chip based on the A8 processor...making the CPU 40% faster than the previous one. They also said its graphics are 2.5x faster and the Air will come with a M8 motion coprocessor similar to the newest iPhones. The camera is also updated to a 8 megapixels iSight camera (f/2.4 aperture, 1080p full HD video). It will also have Touch ID, making it compatible with Apple Pay. Price: $499 for 16GB, $599 for 64GB and $699 for 128GB 4G LTE versions: $629 for 16GB, $729 for 64GB and $829 for 128GB. Pre-orders started 10/17 at http://store.apple.com/us/buy-ipad/ipad-air-2 ----------------- iPad mini 3 ----------------- The iPad mini 3 will have an updated camera (5 megapixels iSight camera, front-facing FaceTime HD camera with Apple's Burst Mode.) It will also have Touch ID. Processor and screen size remains unchanged (A7 chip, M7 coprocessor and 2048 x 1536 pixel display.) There are new colors, including silver, gold and "space" gray. Price: Wi-Fi Only starting at $399 for 16GB, $499 for 64GB, $599 for 128GB Wi-Fi + LTE models starting at $529 for 16GB, $629 for 64GB, $729 for 128GB You can purchase it online at http://store.apple.com/us/buy-ipad/ipad-mini-3/ ------------- iMac with retina display ------------- (see video on slide 3) The iMac comes with 5K Retina Display with 5120 x 2880 resolution, a quad-core Intel Core processor available at up to 4.0GHz, and a 27-inch screen. Apple claims it is their fastest iMac to date. I honestly want to go check out the screen myself at the Apple Store...sounds pretty dreamy. I found this announcement the most exciting...even as a non-Mac user. Price: Starting at $2,499.99 Check more information here: http://www.apple.com/imac-with-retina/ -------------------- iOS 8.1 -------------------- The newest OS update for Mac users will include: - Return of the Camera Roll - Apple Pay - iCloud Photo Library (Beta) -------------------- Mac Mini -------------------- The new Mac Mini has a 4th-generation Intel core processor, flash storage, and according to Apple, this makes it 50% faster than its predecessor. It will support Thunderbolt 2, HDTV, Intel Iris Graphics , and Intel HD Graphics 5000. Price: Starting at $499 -------------------- Apple Watch -------------------- Pretty vague, but at least we know it is expected to launch early 2015. It will come in two sizes: 38 mm and 42 mm. You will be able to send and recieve texts, answer calls, monitor health. Price: Starting at $349 You can watch the whole event on YouTube if you missed it: http://youtu.be/sBfvJn-fpnc (video on slide 4) Is there anything you stood out to you from the latest Apple Announcements? I'd love to discuss. Any Mac users excited to buy any of these products? Or...do you already own them? :-)

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