The Cupertino based company has been rather busy the past few months.
The company has released the new iOS, two new smartphones and it continues to deliver new products. This Thursday, Apple unveiled two new tablets, the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3, a new OS for Mac called Yosemite, and a new iMac.
Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, introduced the new iPads with the words “As you look around, the iPad is everywhere”. And it is true. The company has sold more than 225 million iPads, and it has no intention of stopping there. The new devices come with new and improved Retina display, they are slimmer and introduce several new photo, video and application features. Additionally and this might be one of the biggest selling points of the new devices, their price is really low. The iPad Air 2 sells for $399, while the mini version of the iPad 3 is priced at $299. And while the market for tablets is in crisis, Apple hopes to continue the strong sales of the iPad. The market for tablets is shrinking, due to the fact that smartphones are becoming larger and laptops are becoming smaller and more tablet like.
Yosemite is the tenth generation of the Mac software, introduced first in 2001. Yosemite is also the second update that comes with a name, after the 10.9 Mavericks. Most of the improvements are in the visual section, as well as update to iWork. The office suite of Apple has gotten a new user interface and is now integrated into the iCloud. Users of the Yosemite might need some time to get used and adjust to the new features, as the OS is vastly redesigned. For starters, there is a new and redesigned dock menu bar, a special feature for night time working, new font, and other changes and improvements in the user interface. Additionally, Yosemite strives to be a bridge between desktop devices and mobile devices. One of the features, Continuity, provides connectivity between iPhones, iPads and Macs. The feature also allows users to work on one device and then transfer all their work to a different device. The only requirement is that devices share the same account in the iCloud. The new OS, Mac 10.10 Yosemite and the iWork are available for free through Application stores on the Mac and the iOS.
Retina Coming to iMac
The new version of the iMac desktop features a high resolution Retina display. According to Apple, the resolution of the desktop features the highest resolution between computers in the world, set at 5120 x 2880 pixels. The 27 inch screen display has 67% more pixels than 4K displays and the Cupertino based company has proudly named the display Retina 5K. Another upgrade has been done in the energy consumption section, where Apple claims that the panel is more energy efficient. According to the company, it uses 30% less energy than its predecessor. The price for the new desktop computer starts at $2,499. The base model is powered by quad core Intel i5 processor, with maximum speed set at 3.7 GHz, with AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics card and 8 GB RAM. The maximum performances can up to 4GHz Core i7, with 32 GB RAM.