Today's Apple Event

If you caught the Apple Event today you learned about an all new iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, iMac, Apple Pay, Yosemite and iOS 8.1. We already knew about Apple Pay, Yosemite and iOS 8.1 for the most part. They basically just filled us in on a little more of what these new things have to offer. This is what we know about the iPad Air 2.

1. First off...its thinner. A genius wouldn't have to tell you that. Its 18% thinner than the iPad Air. The iPad Air is already very thin. How they can pull it off is quite impressive. 

2. The WiFi model will cost $499, $599, or $699 for 16GB, 64GB, or 128GB. Along with this they are knocking off prices of the other iPads that are still being sold. If you add $130 to every one of those prices you can get your hands on the wifi+cellular models.

3. The screen is not like the previous iPads. Basically with this being said the previous iPads have what is called the LCD and than has a digitizer (glass) over the top of the LCD. The sides and bottom of the iPads have adhesive that holds the glass down and presses against the lCD. Essentially this allows a gap in between the LCD and the glass. On the new iPad Air 2 (I would imagine this is the same on the iPad Mini 3) it is all one assembly. What this is going to do is reduce the glare that you see in the iPad. Now that is a very nice factor to play in the experience with the iPad, however if you drop the iPad and crack're screwed. Instead of paying around 100 bucks for just the glass on an iPad you will probably end up paying around $300 to fix it. 

4. It’s got a new generation of Apple’s chipset, here called the A8X. It’s got a 40% faster CPU over the last generation chipset, with a 2.5x faster GPU.

5. It has an 8 MP rear camera. It has a front camera as well, but we don't know the resolution at this time.

6. It also has the touch id sensor that we have come to already know.

The new iMac is punching a 5k display. This is what we know so far.

1. It has a whopping 5k display at an 5120 x 2880 resolution. I can only imagine the details of everything on this machine.

2. The design is essentially the same as the other iMac lineups. They were still able to pack in the 5k display which is a big bonus on not having to change the width of the computer.

3. The basic package of the iMac brings 3.5 GHZ quad-core Intel-Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, a 1TB Fusion Drive, and AMD Radeon R9 M290X with 2GB video memory. If you are looking for an even better package you can get 4GHz quad-core i7 processor, 32GB RAM, 1TB Flash storage.

4. Pricing. For the first package it will cost you $2,499.00 to get your hands on this machine. If you are just plain out balling you can upgrade to the i7 version and spend around $3,800.00 for it. I am not 100% that is the correct price.

All devices seem to be very great and I will definitely be keeping my eye on the new iMac. I can only imagine what a 5k display will be like. I am not to stir crazy of the iPad Air 2. One thing I do not like about the iPhone 6 is how it feels in my hand. I feel like its just prone to be dropped. I would feel that way x10 with the iPad Air 2 in my hands. As much as I am a fan of Android and my custom built PC I am really liking what Apple seems to be doing with their lineups. Goodjob Apple.



Robert Bassett