Apple just recently unveiled its latest tablet offering, the iPad Air 2, as well as a new iPad Mini 3 and the newest version of its iMac desktop computer.
Sales of the tech giant's tablets have been decreasing over the last few years. But with the introduction of an even more improved iPad, Apple is hoping to reinvigorate its tablet sales by encouraging consumers (and companies) to replace older tablet versions and desktop computers with the latest generation tablets.
The iPad Air 2 certainly has a few enhancements that should help users make the shift. For one, it is a lot thinner than the previous version (18 percent less bulky than its predecessor, according to Apple). Furthermore, it comes with a processor and graphics engine that packs more power. For good measure, the device also features the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, which can serve as both a security feature and a means for users to authorize payment transactions made via the Apple Pay mobile payment system.
Regarding its processor, the iPad Air 2 boasts a new A8x chip, which is an upgraded version of the dual-core 64-bit A8 chip used in the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. And just like the new iPhones, the latest iPad features an M8 co-processor, which helps provide more processing flexibility for the tablet.
Apple is claiming that the A8x chip will still provide users with power efficiency for at least 10 hours. This is good news for users of the tablet, especially when they are busy using the device's many features, such as Pixelmator (a tool for editing 4K images) or Replay (for editing videos). The A8x chip's processing prowess allows for faster processing and rendering -- about 4 times faster than the predecessor iPad Air's A7 chip.
Image-capturing-wise, the iPad Air 2's camera is really impressive. It is an 8-megapixel iSight camera that can shoot 1080p videos, timelapses, 43-megapixel panorama shots, burst mode shot, and even slow motion videos. The Facetime camera gets a facelift too with enhanced face-detection capabilities made possible through the A8x's superior processing.
The iPad Air 2 starts at $500 (16 gigabytes edition), which is the same price as the first iPad Air. Those who prefer editions with larger storage capacities can expect $100 price increments per storage tier, with extra $130 for LTE-compatible versions. As for the original iPad Air, Apple just slashed $100 off its price, which means users can now get it starting at $400.
As for the new iMac, the latest desktop computer from Apple comes with a Retina display, which makes it the desktop offering from the tech giant to have one. Aside from its 27-inch Retina 5K display, the latest iMac comes with 3.5 GigaHertz Intel Core i5 and AMD's mobile Radeon 290X graphics chip. It has a starting price of $2499, which is similar to that of the Mac Pro, Apple's other high-end desktop offering.
With regards to the iPad Mini 3, it has a built-in Touch ID fingerprint scanner. Aside from Touch ID, the device basically shares most of the features found in the iPad mini with Retina display released a year ago. The iPad Mini 3 starts at $399 (16 gigabytes Wi-Fi edition) and costs up to $729 for 128-gigabyte, LTE-compatible editions.
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