Apple announces the much rumoured 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, starting at $2499

Apple has finally introduced its much-awaited new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display at its October 16th event.

According to Apple, it is spreading the Retina display technology across all of its devices and the iMac was next in line. The new iMac features what Apple is calling the world’s highest resolution display with 14.7 million pixels. The iMac features a 5K display with more than seven times the number of pixels in a HDTV. Despite the massive increase in the number of pixels, Apple has kept the iMac just 5mm thin, just like the previous generation.

The new iMac features a resolution of 5120x2880
The new iMac features a resolution of 5120×2880

Alongside resolution, the display also has a greater contrast ratio to maximize detail. Meanwhile, Apple uses power-saving LEDs which decreases power use by 30%.

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It also includes the fastest CPU chips, starting at 3.5 GHz Intel Core i5 and upgradeable to a 4 GHZ Intel Core i7.

In terms of graphics, the iMac is 45% faster than the previous version and also includes a Thunderbolt 2 port for faster IO.

This iMac with Retina 5K display will start at just $2499.

 

Apple unveils the new, thinner, more powerful iPad Air 2 with Touch ID and a gold option

Yesterday, Apple revealed the next generation of it full-sized iPad Air, the iPad Air 2 along with its smaller sibling the iPad Mini 3 (with Retina), at its event at Town Hall.

Apple CEO Tim Cook described the tablet as the perfect combination of simplicity and capability. “Beautifully simple on the outside, but packed with tech inside,” he said.

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He also touted figures showing that iPad sales were more than sales of computers from any of the top four PC manufacturers over the last 12 months. Phil Schiller, SVP of Worldwide Marketing, Apple, also brought on stage third party developers to help show off new photo and video-editing apps (Pixelmator and Replay respectively) running on the iPad Air 2 that previously would have required a high-end desktop computer to run.

To deliver the aforementioned performance, Apple has upgraded the processor inside the iPad to the new A8X chip, which is a more powerful version of the A8 cup found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. According to Apple, it’s 40% faster and that some apps will run twice as quick. It also claims a 2.5x increase in graphics performance. What wasn’t revealed is whether there’s more RAM in it than the 1GB available on the iPhoandne. Some examination of the parts suggests the RAM has, in fact, been doubled to 2GB.

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According to Schiller, the new iPad Air 2 is 56% less reflective than the previous generation. This feat was accomplished by removing the “air gap” between the glass, the touchscreen layer and the panel itself and by adding an anti-reflective coating on top of it. “This is better than any tablet on the market,” says Schiller.

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Schiller also showed off the new thickness of the iPad Air 2, a mere 6.1mm. This is 18% thinner than the previous generation and less than half of the thickness of the first generation iPad, launched in 2010 (on left in the above comparison picture). Apple has also managed to trim .04 pounds off the weight of the iPad Air.

Apple has also upgraded the shooter of the new iPad with larger 1.5 micron pixels, slo-mo, time-lapse, burst mode and other software features already available for the iPhone. The front-facing camera has also been upgraded to allow better FaceTime-ing and better selfies.

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Another much awaited and much rumoured feature added to the iPad is the Touch ID feature allowing you to unlock your iPad just by touching the home button and giving your fingerprint. This feature can be used to make purchases on the iTunes Store as well as the new Apple Pay, though only via apps. Since the iPad Air 2 lacks the NFC chip needed to use Apple Pay at physical retailers, Apple Pay on the iPad won’t work there (unless the retailer allows you to pay with an app, not by swiping your device over a credit-card terminal).

Apple’s iPad Air 2 will be available in Space Gray, Gold, and Silver starting at just $499 for the 16GB model. Though, like the iPhone 6/Plus storage configurations the next tier jumps up to 64GB for $599 and 128GB for $699.

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Where the iPad Air 2 seems to have grown by leaps and bounds over its predecessor, the iPad Mini 3 seems to be just like the Mini 2 repackaged with a new Touch ID sensor and a gold colour option.  It was the most disappointing product to be unveiled at the event. All of the internal specifications match its predecessor, but it’ll also be available in Gold. That being said, you can pickup an iPad mini 2 for only $299 now. If you need to have Touch ID or fancy the color gold, you’ll have to shell out $399 for the iPad mini 3.

How to watch Apple’s iPad and Mac Event on Mac and Windows

Just under a month after it’s last event, Apple is here with yet another event which is set to reveal updates to the iPad and Mac product lines.

Mac

The live stream will require Safari 5.1.10 or later on OS X v10.6.8 or later; Safari on iOS 6.0 or later. Mac and iOS users can stream the event through Apple’s website here when it kicks off at 10 a.m. PDT tomorrow.

Apple TV

Streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 6.2 or later.

Windows

Like the iPhone 6/ Apple Watch event, Apple’s iPad/Mac Oct. 16 press event won’t be streaming on Windows and will requires Safari on a Mac, iOS device or an Apple TV. That means that Windows users will have to figure how to get the stream going using the workaround (via 9to5Mac).

You’ll need to download VLC player and check back here tomorrow for the final streaming link to complete the instructions:

  1. Download VLC Player from here: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html
  2. Install it.
  3. Open VLC. Click Media (top left) > Open Network Stream.
  4. You will see this screen:
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  5. Paste this link into that field: http://p.events-delivery.apple.com.edgesuite.net/14pounqefvoiubefvpiub10/m3u8/atv_mvp.m3u8
  6. An “Unable to open the MRU file …”  will appear until the stream has started.

Apple is expected to unveil a new iPad Air, iPad mini, and Retina iMac alongside a possible Retina MacBook Air and a release date for OS X Yosemite. 

Apple sends out invites for its iPad and Mac event on October 16th

Apple has recently announced that it will be hosting a keynote address on Thursday, October 16th at the Town Hall auditorium on its Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, CA. Invitations to select members of the media and special guests indicate that the event will, as always, begin at 10 AM Pacific time/1 PM Eastern Time.

As the second Apple event this fall, the Cupertino-giant will likely use its smaller, home court stage to debut updates to its iPad and Mac lines…

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Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to launch in India on October 17; Pre-order it Today!

Apple has recently announced that its latest smartphones, the 4.7″ iPhone 6 and the 5.5″ iPhone 6 Plus will be launched in the country on Friday, 17th October 2014, via various Apple authorised resellers. Preorders for the smartphones have already begun today on infibeam.com and is due to start on flipkart.com & Amazon.in at noon.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available via Apple Authorized Resellers including Ingram Micro, Redington, Rashi Peripherals and Reliance.

Although Apple did not announce the prices of their smartphones, many of the online retailers have revealed the pricing as follows:

iPhone 6

  • 16 GB – Rs. 53,500 ($868)
  • 64 GB – Rs. 62,500 ($1014)
  • 128 GB – Rs. 71,500 ($1160)

iPhone 6 Plus

  • 16 GB – Rs. 62,500 ($1014)
  • 64 GB – Rs. 71,500 ($1160)
  • 128 GB – Rs. 80,500 ($1305)

Since this just the launch, pre-order pricing for all the colours of a similar storage-sized phone are the same.

Check out Apple’s press release and various offers after the break:

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Third party keyboards top App Store charts after iOS 8 release

As the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus go on sale today, many consumers will be getting their hands on Apple’s new mobile operating system, iOS 8, for the first time. And what are iOS 8 users downloading from the App Store? After years of strictly controlling the iOS user interface, Apple has opened things up. You can now replace the default iOS keyboard with that of your own choice, including apps from popular keyboard makers like SwiftKey and Swype, out of which the former says it has now been downloaded 1 million times, and has become the #1 free app on the App Store…

These keyboard apps are burning up the US App Store’s Top Charts, currently accounting for the 3 out of the Top 5 Paid apps (#1 Swype; #2 Fleksy; #3 Color Keyboards), as well as 3 of the Top 5 Free apps (#1 SwiftKey; #2 CooolKey #3 Kiwi). And throughout the Top 20 in both charts, other keyboard apps can found, too.

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There is one problem, however – not all the apps being downloaded by iOS 8 users actually replace their keyboard.

Despite the disclaimers in the apps’ descriptions explaining they are meant as standalone apps, some pseudo-keyboard apps are being downloaded, then slammed in the reviews as “rip-offs” and “scams.”

These fake keyboard apps have been around for some time now, hoping to capitalise on user demand for iOS customisation. They operate in a grey area along with apps which claim that they can help you “pimp your homescreen,” change your lockscreen, install “live wallpaper,” or change your icons. Many of the apps, however, were never able to do what they led their users to believe – iOS was not built for customisation, previously. At best, these apps offered an illusion of customisation, but the iOS operating system itself was untouched.Of course, users didn’t read the fine print, and continued to buy the apps, regularly sending them into the top charts.

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But now that iOS 8 does allow for customization – well, custom keyboards, that is – some of these fake keyboard apps are surfacing yet again. For example, #9 in the Top Free apps chart is “Pimp My Keyboard,” an app whose description reads: “Please Notice: Using this app you are able to edit the keyboard only within this application.” In other words, it does not replace your keyboard.

Caveat Emptor: Before you download some new, color-changing, emoji-filled iOS keyboard app, make sure you know what you’re getting.

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Apple edits company description following Apple Watch and Apple Pay announcements

Apple’s press release this morning has introduced Apple’s new company description (or mission statement). Apple tweaks this from time-to-time based on new product introductions. With Apple Pay and Apple Watch arriving soon, Apple has edited their company description. Check out the new one below:

Apple reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, defined the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad and has announced Apple Watch, its most personal device ever. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store, continues the rapid pace of innovation of mobile software with iOS and integrated services including Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world with OS X, and free iOS and OS X apps like iWork and iMovie.

Here’s the earlier one for comparison:

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

Apple India slashes ‘official’ prices of iPhone 5s 16GB and 32GB model

After announcing the next generation iPhones last Tuesday, it seems that Apple has now lowered the prices of the iPhone 5s 16 GB and 32 GB models,according to Mumbai based  retailer Mahesh Telecom.

At its event at the Flint Center, the Cupertino tech-giant had announced that the 16GB and 32GB variants of iPhone 5s will remain available in the market, along with iPhone 5c 8GB. However, there was no word on the revised prices of the these models at the event.

The iPhone 5s’ 32GB model has been lowered from ₹62,500 to ₹49,500 while the  16GB model has come down from ₹53500 to ₹44500, according to a tweet by Mahesh Telecom’s twitter handle.

Interested buyers can, however, purchase the iPhone 5s 16 GB for as low as around ₹37000 at Amazon India, while the same model retails for  about ₹36000 at Flipkart.

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The 32 GB model, though is available for around ₹57000 on Flipkart but remains priced at ₹62,500 at Amazon India.

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There is no word whether or not Apple will start a buyback offer for iPhone 5s, like it did for iPhone 5c earlier this year. However, the 8GB iPhone 5c can be purchased for ₹24,000 via online retailers without the buyback offer.

Apple, on September 9, posted on its India website that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be launched in the country on September 26, later changing the date to October 17. However, it then removed the launch date from the India website altogether and has since not given an official statement regarding the rollout of the new iPhones in the country.

Apple September 9th Event Keynote Roundup: Two bigger iPhones, Apple Watch and Pay announced

On September 9th 2014, during its keynote, Apple announced two new, bigger iPhones (the 6 and 6 Plus), a new Touch ID based payment system and its own wearable/smartwatch.

Unlike previous keynotes, this time, instead of  spending the first 30 minutes or so of the event on Apple’s achievements, Tim Cook cut straight to the chase unveiling the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, due to time constraints.

iPhone 6

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As expected, the iPhone 6 features an all-new design, and inline with the leaks that we’ve seen so far. From the protruding camera, to the iPad mini / iPod touch like design, it’s without a doubt one of the most beautiful handsets we’ve seen to date from Apple.

Apart from the new aesthetics, the device is just 6.9mm thick, making it the thinnest iPhone yet. And just like the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 6 also features an anodized aluminium back, but gives up the glass strips on top and bottom, instead opting for a full metal design on the rear.

The display of the iPhone 6 features a resolution of 1134×750, making it a modest upgrade over last year’s iPhone 5s and 5c maintaining the Retina ppi density. Though there’s nothing earth shattering about this particular resolution, we expected Apple’s 4.7-inch flagship to carry at least a full-HD 1080p display.

It also sports the all new second generation 64-bit A8 chip, which is 25% faster than the A7,  and sees a massive leap of over 50% in graphics performance. One of the benefits of these performance gains is the all new ‘Sustained Performance’ Mode, which ensures that the device does not get hot when it’s being hammered with a ton of tasks.

There’s an M8 motion coprocessor on board as well, which is designed to pick up on movement-based data for fitness apps without draining much battery. It also with features like relative elevation, which is calculated using the built-in barometer.

As the rumours had suggested for a while, the new iPhone 6 does indeed come with NFC for payments, utilizing the Cupertino giant’s new ‘Apple Pay’ service, about which we will talk about in more detail later.

iPhone 6 pricing structure: the 16, 64 and 128GB models will retail for $199, $299, and $399 contract, respectively, in the United States, meanwhile the pricing of unlocked models hasn’t been disclosed, yet. And yes, there is no 32GB version this year, instead we get 128GB model priced at $399.

iPhone 6 Plus

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Instead of waiting until after announcing the iPhone 6, Cook announced the huge 5.5″ iPhone 6 Plus alongside the smaller 4.7″ iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 Plus features Optical Image Stabilisation, a larger battery (possibly a larger battery life as well) and an iPad-esque interface, in addition to what the iPhone 6 offers.

Also, like the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus follows the new iPhone aesthetics.

As with the smaller iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus offers an improved, 500 dpi Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

The power button, as with the 4.7-inch model, is located on the side of the device. This, in turn, makes it easier to reach the button with just the one hand.

The iPhone 6 Plus offers a 5.5-inch ‘Retina HD’ display that Apple has laden with Ion-strengthened glass, not the much rumoured sapphire glass. it offers 185% more pixels than the iPhone 5s, and even though it’s considerably larger, users will surely notice a considerable difference when making the jump from one of the current fleet to the iPhone 6 Plus.

The “reachability” feature, which is also accessible to those on the standard iPhone 6, sees the interface slide downwards when the home button is double-tapped, making it incredibly easy for users to navigate the entire UI with just one hand.

The iPhone 6 Plus also borrows a lot of its UI aesthetics from the iPad and hence offers a lot more over the iPhone6 other than the increased screen size.

iPhone 6 Plus pricing: the 16, 64 and 128GB models will retail for $299, $399, and $499 contract, respectively, in the United States, meanwhile the pricing of unlocked models hasn’t been disclosed, yet.

 Apple Pay

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Both the aforementioned devices have been equipped with NFC, meaning that Apple’s long-awaited mobile payments push can, now, finally commence. With the Apple Watch integration to boot, it’s clear that Apple is not going in half-heartedly here, and although there’ll be a bit of skepticism given the recent iCloud hacking scandal, it’ll be intriguing to see whether the Digital Age will finally signal the end of traditional credit and/or debit cards.

Apple Pay will allow iPhone and Apple Watch users to make swift payments using their devices and a combination of NFC, Passbook, Touch ID, and what the company describes as “Secure Element“.

Apple Pay will also be compatible with the all-new Apple Watch, allowing users to enjoy tap-to-pay through the new wearable when synced with their iPhone. That being said, those using an older handset will not be able to reap the benefit of Touch ID authentication.

Now, there’s just One More Thing…

Apple Watch

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Apple has finally unveiled their beautiful wearable device dubbed simply as the “Apple Watch,” rather than the much expected iWatch moniker.Designwise, it looks just like an ordinary square-faced watch but it isn’t one that is easily forgettable. It is covered by sapphire glass and is water-proof hence,it can take a few splashes of water here and there.

Towards the side of the watch is what Apple has dubbed as the ‘Digital Crown,’ which is the go-to button for many tasks, such as zooming in, scrolling, going back a menu, etc.

The new device features a bunch of sensors on the back of the device, which are used to grab data from the user’s body, like heart rate sensor, GPS, accelerometer etc.

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The Apple Watch will be available with 6 different types of straps and will come in 3 different models:

  • Apple Watch
  • Apple Watch ‘Edition’ – features 18 karat gold casing
  • Apple Watch Sport

All the above models are also available in two sizes.

The Apple Watch will be compatible with the following devices:

  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5

It will be available in early 2015 with a starting point of US$349.

Apple redirects homepage to today’s event countdown

Earlier today, with less than 24 hours until today’s major media event, Apple began redirecting its entire homepage in the U.S., Apple.com, to Apple.com/live, which displays a countdown to the event. Apple’s move to redirect all homepage traffic to its event countdown is undoubtedly an effort to ramp up anticipation for the upcoming announcements.

Apple’s promotion of the event along with its location at the Flint Center, where the original Mac was unveiled, suggests that Apple has something huge in the works for tomorrow’s announcements. While Apple’s media events are always major affairs, Apple has made an extra effort this year to build up hype for the big unveiling… Continue reading Apple redirects homepage to today’s event countdown