iPad/iMac 2014 Event Recap: All You Need To Know

Apple held their iPad event yesterday at their headquarters in Cupertino, California. Among new product announcements, the wildly innovative tech giant caught up on some updates of previous announcements at their September 9th iPhone 6 event.

We now know that Apple Pay mobile payment processing service will be up and running beginning on Monday, October 17th. Those who already own an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus will be able to start utilizing the service then.

The highly-anticipated Apple Watch was also discussed with a confirmation that it will be available sometime in early 2015 and developers will be able to access the “Watchkit” SDK starting next month.

Apple's head software representative Craig Federighi spoke about iOS 8 and more specifically iOS 8.1. He spoke briefly about Healthkit, Metal, and Swift (Apple's new programming language). iOS 8.1 will be rolling out to all eligible users starting on Monday.

Craig then transitioned into a recap about Mac OS X Yosemite, which has been in a public beta for the past few months. If you want to learn more about the new features that Yosemite brings to the table, check out our recap of their WWDC event. Yosemite officially launched as of yesterday so any Mac users can not update to the newest OS, free of charge.

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  • Redesigned to be 6.1mm thick  which is 18% thinner than the original iPad Air
  • Is optically bonded and no air gap in the display to produce the “lowest reflectivity of any tablet”
  • Runs off a new A8X 64-bit chipset designed specifically for the iPad Air 2
  • Improved Retina display
  • Rated for a 10-hour battery life
  • Rear-facing camera is an 8MP iSight camera with a f/2.4 aperture and 1080P video capabilities
  • Slow-mo videos and burst photography mode is also now available on the iPad Air 2
  • Front-facing camera has been updated to a new sensor with a f/2.2 aperture
  • Harnesses faster Wi-Fi and better LTE performance (up to 150Mbps, 20 LTE bands)
  • First iPad to feature a Touch ID fingerprint sensor for increased security and convenience
  • Compatible with Apple Pay for online payments although NFC is NOT onboard
  • LTE models include an innovative new SIM which supports AT&T, T-Mobile, & Sprint
  • Pricing is the usual: $499 for 16GB Wi-Fi, $599 for $64GB Wi-Fi, and $699 for 128GB Wi-Fi with LTE models adding another $130 to each price-point
  • Pre-orders are now available with an anticipated delivery date of October 23rd

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  • Identical design and dimensions as the previous generation
  • Same 7.9″ Retina display (2048 x 1536 resolution)
  • No change in chipset or processor when compared to iPad Mini 2
  • Features same TouchID functionality as found in iPad Air 2
  • LTE models include an innovative new SIM which supports AT&T, T-Mobile, & Sprint
  • Pricing starts at $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 for the 16GB LTE model
  • Pre-orders are now available with an anticipated delivery date of October 23rd

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  • Their signature 27″ all-in-one finally gets a Retina display with a whopping 5K resolution (5,120 x 2,880) and boasts over 14.7 million pixels
  • Display is coated with a compensation film to help the screen look better from off-angles
  • Slim design allows the iMac to only be 5mm thick
  • Ships with Mac OSX Yosemite
  • 3.5 GHz Intel Core i5 (4.0 GHz Core i7 upgrade offered)
  • AMD mobile Radeon 290X graphics card (Radeon 295X GPU upgrade offered)
  • Thunderbolt 2 support
  • 1TB Fusion Drive (upgradeable to 3TB or SSD)
  • 8GB of RAM (upgradeable to 32GB)
  • Base model pricing starts at $2,499 with a fully upgraded model ringing in at a steep $4,399
  • The standard 21″ and 27″ models will still be offered at the same price-points and specs
  • 4th-gen Intel processors
  • Intel Iris and HD Graphics 5000
  • PCIe-based SSDs
  • 802.11ac wireless functionality
  • Two Thunderbolt 2 ports
  • Pricing starts at $499 (previously started at $599)

And that concludes the important announcements made at this year's iPad and iMac event. Apple seemed to impress most in all areas besides their iPad Mini 3 which just doesn't bring enough to the table when compared to the previous generation.

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