Apple unveils iPad Air 2 & iPad mini 3 and other new products

Following last month’s big launch of the iPhone 6, Tim Cook has just introduced the new iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 ahead of the holiday shopping season.

Apple also unveiled a new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display (from S$3,388), updated the Mac mini and made OS X Yosemite available today as a free upgrade.

The new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are available in three metallic finishes: gold, silver and space grey.

The new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are available in three metallic finishes: gold, silver and space grey.

This is the second big launch for Apple close on the heels of the iPhone 6 launch last month.

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

The iPad Air 2 is only 6.1mm thin and weighs less than 450g, featuring improved Retina display for enhanced contrast and richer, more vibrant colours, and better cameras for taking stunning photos and videos.

The new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 offer Touch ID so users can unlock their iPad with the touch of a finger.

Local prices for the new iPads are as follows.

Model iPad Air 2 iPad mini 3
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi + Cellular Wi-Fi Wi-Fi + Cellular
16GB S$688 S$868 S$548 S$728
64GB S$828 S$1,008 S$688 S$868
128GB S$968 S$1,148 S$828 S$1,008

The iPad mini line has been updated to include iPad mini 3 with Touch ID and iPad mini with Retina display, now called iPad mini 2.

Reduced starting prices for existing iPads
iPad Air S$548
iPad mini 2 S$408
iPad mini S$338
Smart Covers (7 colours) and Smart Cases (5 shades)
Smart Cover S$58
Smart Case (iPad Air 2) S$118
Smart Case (iPad mini) S$98

Both versions of the iPad mini feature a Retina display, A7 chip, 5MP iSight camera, FaceTime HD camera and ultrafast wireless.

The new iPads come with iOS 8.1 including Continuity features across iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite that enable all your Apple products to work together seamlessly.

Handoff lets you start an activity on one device and pass it to another, and when your iPhone is on the same Wi-Fi network, you can make and receive phone calls right from your iPad.

27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display

Apple boasts that the new iMac sports the world’s highest resolution display with 14.7 million pixels (5120 x 2880).

As in other new Apple Mac computers, the new iMac with Retina 5K display ships with OS X Yosemite installed.

As in other new Apple Mac computers, the new iMac with Retina 5K display ships with OS X Yosemite installed.

With the latest quad-core processors, high-performance graphics, Fusion Drive and Thunderbolt 2, iMac with Retina 5K display is Apple’s most powerful iMac to date.

The new iMac with Retina 5K display has four times more pixels than the standard 27-inch iMac and 67 percent more pixels than a 4K display.

In apps like Final Cut Pro X, you can view 4K video at full size while still leaving plenty of room for your assets and editing tools.

The new iMac with Retina 5K display begins shipping today with a 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics and a 1TB Fusion Drive for a suggested retail price of S$3,388 including GST.

For the first time, it can be configured with a 4 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.4 GHz.

OS X Yosemite

The new OS X Yosemite is available today for Mac users as a free upgrade from the Mac App Store.

Yosemite delivers a fresh, modern look and introduces Continuity features that make it easy to hand off activities between Mac and iOS devices and even make and receive iPhone calls from your Mac.

Yosemite also includes a new Today view, a redesigned Spotlight and updated versions of Safari, Mail, Messages and iTunes.

Key features in OS X Yosemite include the following:

  • Today view in Notification Center, giving you quick access to informative widgets for Calendar, Weather, Stocks, Reminders, World Clock and social networks. You can also add widgets like Yahoo! Sports from the Mac App Store to customise your Today view;
  • a new Spotlight, delivering rich information right to your desktop from Wikipedia, Maps, Bing, App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, top websites, and news;
  • iCloud Drive, so you can store files of any type in iCloud, organise them any way you like, and access them from your Mac, iPhone, iPad or even a Windows PC;
  • a streamlined new Safari that delivers the fastest performance, as well as the longest battery life for web browsing on the Mac;
  • an updated version of Mail, which includes Markup for quickly filling out and signing forms and PDFs right within Mail, plus Mail Drop, which makes it easy to send large attachments up to 5GB for free;
  • enhanced Messages, so now you can add participants to your ongoing group conversations, see their locations on a map, quickly access attachments and even mute notifications;
  • iTunes 12, which has a sleek new look, is fast and simple to use, and makes it easier to switch between browsing your music library and discovering new music on the iTunes Store. A new Recents view makes it easy to access the media you just purchased or recently played; and
  • Family Sharing, so family members can now browse and download each other’s iTunes, iBooks or Mac App Store purchases.

Updated Mac mini

Apple has updated its most affordable Mac and reduced its starting price.

Mac mini now features fourth generation Intel Core processors, integrated graphics that are up to 90 percent faster, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Thunderbolt 2.

Updated Mac mini ships today in three standard models
1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.7 GHz, 4GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 5000 and a 500GB hard drive S$688
2.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory, Intel Iris Graphics and a 1TB hard drive S$948
2.8 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory, Intel Iris Graphics and a 1TB Fusion Drive S$1,348

For more details and US pricing for Apple’s new slew of products, check out the press releases below.

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