Apple Announces New iPads, iMac

In an event today, October 16, Apple announced three new devices: the iPad Air 2, the iPad Mini 3, and the iMac 5K. Here’s a sum-up:

  • The iPad Air 2 is basically an iPad with all of the features present in iPhones that users wanted on the iPad. It features new cameras with image stabilization and other improvements, an A8X 64-bit chip, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and new colors, including gold, space grey, and silver. Apple is marketing this device with the slogan, “Change is in the Air”, and while somewhat cheesy, this slogan is appropriate, with the new model coming in at 6.1 mm and just less than a pound.
  • The iPad Mini 2 is essentially the same thing as the iPad Air 2 with a smaller screen size, except it contains an A7 chip and now includes Touch ID.
  • The new iMac has a 5K display. This display is even bigger than 4K and the 1080p found in Apple’s high-end laptops. This is an unprecedented move. The new screen has 14.7 million pixels. It is almost unbelievable how dense this screen is and this will be AMAZING to see.

Basically, this announcement provided necessary updates to both branches of the iPad line and also revolutionized desktop display with a 5K display on the new iMac. I’m most excited to see the new iMac, and I think that this update specifically will set a whole new precedent for desktop display and revolutionize high-density pixel displays.

This weekend, I’ll be posting more about this update and the iMac specifically. Watch out for that post soon!

—The Editor