Launch of iPad Air 2, Mini and iMac with 5K display

During this event Apple was much careful and didn’t extend with possibilities.

  • This was organised in quite small place with few attendants in its own campus in Cupertino, California.
  • they didn’t try out with micro blogging where you get text and image updates from the website itself. It is believed last time a small javascript code from microblogging caused havoc in media stream refreshes.
  • They were not many people and not too many features or products to be covered.
  • They made jokes around their security system to explain OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1 features.

iOS8 adoption vs android adoption speed

Latest iOS 8 adoption vs Android Kitkat adoption



  • Close to 50% adoption of iOS 8 in 26 days, where as KitKat is still at 25% after 313 days of launch.
  • Number one Tablet seller with highest customer satisfaction rate.
  • There has been more sales of iPads compared to entire line from PC vendors like Dell, HP, Lenovo.

new iPad Air 2 has A8X processor 64bit second generation

New iPad Air 2 is even slimmer than its predecessor and easier to hold in hand for long.

  • Display is even further enhanced
  • New A8X chip which is believed to be advanced than iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 plus.
  • A8X chip is second generation 64 bit CPU custom built by Apple. Android devices are yet to catch up with 64 bit processing.
  • 40% faster CPU and 2.5X faster GPU
  • This brings great processing power in the hands of user in the form of tablet.
  • Apple ID, fingerprint biometric home button to unlock and authorise some apps.
  • Apple Pay may work with online payments through these iPads, but wont work on POS terminals in store.
  • Two of the apps were demonstrated where
    • 4K image was corrected and edited in Pixelmattor app
    • Instant hollywood like video effects were applied on iPad with Replay app.

Apple iPad Prices for entire range

These new iPads will be available for sale soon from Apple store.

  • iPad mini Wi-Fi- $249
  • iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi- $299
  • iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi- $399
  • iPad Air Wi-Fi- $399
  • iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi – $499

With so much of variety from Apple. One Apple product can cannibalise others sales, but wont let consumer go to competitor. They were careful because of this and didn’t talk much about iPad mini specs of features.

Apple is playing same iPhone trick here with iPads, by skipping 32 GB models and directly providing 64 GB after 32 GB model with 100$ more.

Apple iMac with 5k display

Apple iMac 27 inch with 5k display can be big game changer

  • 4K displays were expected from long from Apple after the launch of Mac Pro which allows to do 4K video editing.
  • New iMac 27 inch totally changes the market perspective with more resolution than 4K. It sets aside the iMac in 4K TV / Monitor competition.
  • Now there are 4X more pixels on the same 27 inch display.
  • It is out of competition by adding 1k more pixels to IPS display 5120 x 2880
  • option of Core i5 or i7 CPU available
  • 20GB thunderbolt 2 port provided
  • 1TB of fusion drive which is mix of classic HDD storage and SSD in combination.
  • 8GB DDR 3 RAM

New iMac 27 inch 5K display

With these kind of specs and pricing as $2499, it is doubtful if anybody will go for regular 27 inch iMac. 5K display and processing power puts leap ahead in power to user.

Apple also increased the hardware specs of Mac Mini 

Now with $499 you get 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with 4GB of memory

Confusion part is for the people who have purchased Mac Pro for 4K editing do not have any 4K display solution from Apple. It was expected that Apple will also announce something around 4K in thunderbolt displays. As nothing is so far announced about 4K thunderbolt displays, Mac Pro machine owners have to rely on other 4K monitor vendors.

There isn’t much about Apple TV where update is awaited from last 3 years. It seems Apple is working on really big in that area like they worked with Apple watch for so long.

Tough it was announced that OS X Yosemite is available for update, Indian app store didn’t allow that.

Apple Mac OS X Yosemite download not yet available in India


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