Apple Unveils iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and iMac with 5K Retina Display

The new iPad is 18% thinner; iMac includes sharper resolution.

The Cupertino based tech company has introduced to public iPad Air 2 and new iMac. Photo: Apple

The Cupertino based tech company has introduced to public iPad Air 2 and new iMac. Photo: Apple

One of the most famous tech companies in the world has finally revealed a new round of their devices that included the latest version of the iPad, called the iPad Air 2. And this time it’s appeared to be even thinner.

The new tablet is just 6.1 millimeters thick, or 0.24 of an inch. That’s 18% thinner than the first iPad Air, which was 7.5mm. Weight is 15 ounces.

Last year, the Californian company said that the iPad Air was as thin as a pencil. To demonstrate the ultimately thin iPad Air 2, Apple created a dramatic video that showed a laser shaving the side off a pencil to make it even thinner.

Apple claims the 9.7-inch screen of the iPad Air 2 has the lowest reflectivity of any tablet, reducing glare by up to 56%.

“It’s powered by a new processor, the A8X, a 64-bit chip based on the A8 processor in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Apple says the CPU is 40% faster than the first iPad Air, with graphics that are 2.5x faster. The iPad Air 2 also includes an M8 motion coprocessor, gathering elevation info from a barometer, the same as the new iPhones,” Mashable reports.

“The iPad’s camera is greatly improved. It’s now an 8-megapixel iSight camera with f/2.4 aperture, able to capture 1080p full HD video — the same specs as the camera on the iPhone 6. It includes both burst and time-lapse modes. The front-facing FaceTime camera is upgraded, too, with an f/2.2 aperture that lets in 81% more light. It has improved face detection, the ability to capture HDR videos and a burst selfie mode,” the publication adds.

Like the recent iPhones, the iPad Air 2 has a Touch ID fingerprint scanner built into the home button. Thus, owners of the new device will be able to unlock it just by touching a thumb or finger to the scanner.

The iPad Air 2 is available in “space” gray, silver and, for the first time, gold. The price tag is quite similar to those of the previous generations, but with slightly different capacities. Apple has discontinues the 32GB model, just as it did with the iPhone. Prices start at $499 for 16GB, $599 for 64GB and $699 for 128GB. 4G LTE versions will be available: $629 for 16GB, $729 for 64GB and $829 for 128GB.

As far as the new iMac goes, it should be noted that the device features a display that Apple assures provides seven times the resolution of a high-definition television, is available now. The company said Apple Pay rolls out on Monday along with a new version of its iOS mobile operating system.

“At a launch event on Thursday, Chief Executive Tim Cook called Apple’s new line-up, which includes a new iMac computer with a “5K retina” or high-end display, the company’s best ever. But analysts say Apple may struggle to arouse the same passion for its tablets as in past years among consumers faced with an abundance of hand-held, touch-screen devices,” The Wall Street Journal writes.

“I’ve got to be honest and say, the only impressive thing was the 5K retina display on the iMac,” said Gartner analyst Van Baker, who attended the show at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. “The other things we saw (included) just iterative improvements on the iPad.”

The new iMac, which sports the new “Yosemite” operating system, will go for $2,499.

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