Apple Unveils the New iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iMac with Retina, Thunderbolt 2, OS X Yosemite Available Today, iOS 8.1 Coming on Monday!

iPad Air 2

Apple has unveiled the iPad Air 2, a successor to its incredibly thin 10-inch tablet from last year.

The overall design is largely the same, with slim bezels on the size and slightly larger ones at the top and bottom. The original iPad Air was heralded for being as thin as a pencil; the iPad Air 2 is 18 percent thinner, coming in at a ridiculously skinny 6.1mm. To achieve this feat, Apple swapped out the display for a laminated version, leaving no air gap. it includes an anti-reflective coating, which Apple says has never been included in a tablet before.

iPad Air 2 Thin

The iPad Air 2 also comes with a new chipset, the A8X, which was created specifically for the device. It uses a second-generation 64-bit architecture, which should improve performance across a range of tasks. Apple says graphics performance will be 180 times faster than the original iPad.iPad Air 2 full

The tablet also includes Apple’s M8 motion co-processor, tracking motion with precision. While you won’t be running with the iPad (unless you’re determined) it could still prove useful for lower intensity apps and games.

Tablets aren’t known for their photography credentials, but the iPad in particular has proven a useful snapper for many people both outside and in the home. The iPad Air  2 has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, boasting 1.12 micron pixels, an f/2.4 aperture and 1080p video recording. It also supports slow-motion recording; 120 frames per second at 720p resolution.

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The FaceTime camera has been improved with a new sensor with f/2.2 aperture, capable of accepting 81 percent more light. Face detection has been improved and it also includes “burst selfies” for capturing perfect self portraits.

Touch ID iPad Air 2

In line with yesterday’s leak, the iPad Air 2 has a new home button with Touch ID, which should make unlocking the device just that little bit simpler. It also supports Apple Pay for secure online purchases.

iPad mini 3

iPad mini 3 with same specs different screen size and a Gold color.

The device was confirmed yesterday when images of the device, alongside the iPad Mini 3, were found inside a user guide for iOS 8.

iPad Mini 3 Colors

iMAC

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A stable of new iPads wasn’t all Apple had up its sleeve today. The folks in Cupertino have also been hard at work on a desktop update, and the iMac is the beneficiary.

If you’ll recall, Apple quietly trotted out a more affordable version of the machine back in June, but this fall’s release packs a much bigger punch.

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With the latest model, the company’s all-in-one option gets a boost in the screen department with the addition of a Retina panel. That 27-inch display is what Apple’s calling “Retina 5K,” which touts a 5,120 x 2,880 resolution with 67 percent more pixels than 4K.

The outer edge is 5mm thick, keeping the trim frame all the way around.

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Mac Mini

Mac Mini Desktop

Mac Mini 2

At its October media event, Apple announced the release of OS X 10.10 Yosemite later today.The world first got a glimpse of Yosemite at WWDC in June. The annual desktop OS update includes a more modern look, new cross-functionality with iOS devices and expanded search capabilities.

Apple is also touting new iCloud Drive cloud storage features and a major update to its iWork productivity suite.

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Apple ran a public beta for OS X 10.10 this summer, granting more than 1 million users early access to the update.

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At its iPad conference today, Apple announced that its new NFC-based mobile payment service,Apple Pay, would roll out on Monday, October 20. Apple says over 500 banks will support the service.

Apple first introduced Apple Pay during its iPhone and Apple Watch event a little over a month ago. Supporting Mastercard, Visa, and American Express cards, the company hopes to make in-store cashless transactions easier and more secure. The process generates a one-time payment number, and the merchant never sees your credit card information.

Of course, Apple Pay isn’t the first payment system to work with NFC-chips. Google Wallet has been around for a while without tremendous success, but Apple hopes its loyal user base and simple TouchID authentication will help make payments via phone (or watch) the norm.

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Apple just announced that the Apple Watch SDK, WatchKit will be available to developers starting next month.

Developers will be able to create apps for the Apple Watch that will launch in early 2015. Apple introduced the Apple Watch at its September event.

Today’s announcement isn’t surprising. Apple makes new OS SDKs available at its yearly WWDC event months ahead of the release of new hardware.

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Apple giveth and Apple taketh away. And apparently, Apple also giveth back.

At the Apple event this morning in the Town Hall auditorium at Apple’s headquarters, Craig Federighi, the company’s senior vice president of software engineering said Apple will restore  the camera roll to its Photos app as part of the updates to iOS 8.1.

Camera Roll is back and will will support Apple Pay. public beta for iCloud Photo Library.

“We are bring back the beloved camera roll,” Federighi told the audience.

But of course there’s more. Federighi also announced a public beta for iCloud Photo Library and support Apple Pay as well. Apple Pay  and iOS 8.1 will launch on Monday.

Apple accidentally confirms ‘iPad Air 2′ and ‘iPad mini 3′ with Touch ID and Burst mode!

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An inadvertent (or is it?) slip-up on Apple’s iBooks Store on Wednesday all but confirmed that tomorrow’s media event will in fact serve as a launchpad for at least two new iPads, as suspected: a second-generation iPad Air and third-generation iPad mini. Furthermore, the images suggest Touch ID fingerprint scanning for both new tablets, in addition to the Burst camera mode but only on the regular-size iPad.

These revelations were made public through iTunes screenshots for the iOS 8 iPad User Guide that can be downloaded to iBooks, as first discovered by the prolific Apple blogger Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac.

As depicted top of post, the Apple-made electronic guide detailing iOS 8.1 for iPad has also confirmed device branding as ‘iPad Air 2′ and ‘iPad mini 3′.

And here’s an iTunes Preview of the iPad User Guide for iOS 8 on the web.

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Don’t bother tapping the e-book link for Apple’s already removed the page from iBooks, though it was still accessible at post time as an iTunes Preview on the web when following the URL on desktop.

The Burst camera mode was first introduced with the iPhone 5s release last Fall to allow the user to take multiple frames per second, and has since made its way to the iPhone 6and iPhone 6 Plus.

If the iPad User Guide is anything to go by, it would appear that only the second-generation iPad Air 2 will gain an improved camera with Burst mode, not the iPad mini 3.

If true, this in turn might indicate that the upcoming full-size iPad could indeed run a more powerful A8X processor leaked yesterday on photos of a claimed printed circuit board.

Couldn’t be more obvious than that, no?

Apple releases iOS 7.1.1 with additional fixes

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Apple has just released iOS 7.1.1 for public consumption. A maintenance update, iOS 7.1.1 contains “improvements, bug fixes and security updates.” Specifically, it makes Touch ID even more reliable than the previous iOS 7.1 update, while fixing a pair of bugs related to keyboard responsiveness and Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver enabled.

It’s arrived just five days after iOS 7.1.1 devices located in and around Apple’s Cupertino campus started exposing themselves in web logs.

Needless to say, those of you who rock a jailbroken iPhone, iPod touch or iPad are advised to hold off on upgrading to the new software until we’re able to confirm it won’t break yourjailbreak…

Firmware files are available on our Download page.

According to the official changelog, iOS 7.1.1 – labeled as build 11D201 – contains improvements, bug fixes and security updates, including:

- Further improvements to Touch ID fingerprint recognition
– Fixes a bug that could impact keyboard responsiveness
– Fixes an issue when using Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver enabled

You can apply an over-the-air update by visiting iOS Settings > General > Software Update. From there, hit the Download and Install button and follow the instructions. You must be connected to a Wi-Fi network in order to download the update.

iOS 7.1.1 update prompt

Alternatively, connect your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad via a USB cable to iTunes and apply the update using your Mac or Windows PC.

For me, the installer comes in at a rather paltry 26MB, but your mileage may vary depending on your device model and the version of iOS installed.

For detailed info on the security content of this update, check out this support doc.

A companion Apple TV 6.1.1 update is also available on your set-top box.

According to early reports on Twitter, Touch ID recognition is now markedly faster than before. You’ll probably need to re-register your fingerprints in order to get Touch ID to recognize them faster than before in iOS 7.1.1.

Safari now supports new top-level domains like .photo, .camera and more. Also, as acommenter pointed out (and proved me wrong in the process), the App Store in iOS 7.1.1 now appropriately labels items that contain In-App subscriptions.

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I originally assumed this was a backend iTunes update, but subsequent checks have confirmed that IAP labels show up in iOS 7.1.1 but not in iOS 7.1.

Should you spot other noteworthy improvements, please do share them with the community down in the comments and I’ll update the article accordingly.