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New tablets & iMac round up Apple’s hardware releases for 2014

Apple iMac
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The new high-end iMac

Hot on the heels of Google’s launch of its Android Lollipop and new Nexus range of devices, and a month after the launch of the latest iPhone, Apple unveiled more new hardware yesterday. Part of the presentation was some insight on Apple Pay and the new iOS 8.1.

The key highlights of the launch included:

The iPad Air 2

iPad Air 2 This is going to be a slimmer (6.1 mm), lighter version of its predecessor. It is however maintaining the 9.7-inch touchscreen. It comes with an 8 MP iSight camera capable of  recording 1080p video. It also comes with a new ARM-compatible Apple 8X system-on-chip processor.

The iPad Mini 3

iPad Mini 3This maintains a lot of hardware specs from the previous generation (still on the 7.9 inch screen) with of course the addition of a Touch ID Sensor just like the Air 2


Both tablets will run the new iOS 8.1 and are capable of taking photos in Burst mode. Pricing structures for the tabs have remained the same.

iOS 8.1 will be available for download for iThings next week on Monday. Apple Pay will also be released on the same day.

A new high-end iMac

A new high end iMac was also unveiled with a 5K Retina Display that delivers 14.7 million pixels. Other specs for the machine include quad-core Intel Core i5 processors running at 3GHz, or i7 processors running up to 4Ghz as well as dual Thunderbolt 2 inputs.

It comes with 8GB of RAM, AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics chipset with 2GB of VRAM and 1TB of hybrid flash-disk storage. The hybrid Fusion drive packs 1TB of disk and 128GB of solid-state cache.

An upgraded Mac Mini

This comes with faster processors and Thunderbolt 2 ports. The entry model has a fourth-generation 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 CPU with 4 GB of RAM and a 500 GB disk.

A pricier model has a 2.6 GHz dual-core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM and 1TB of disk storage with the high end Mini coming with a 2.8 GHz dual-core i5 CPU, 8 GB of RAM, and a 1TB hybrid drive.

Source : The Register

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