Apple on Thursday ;aunched the so-called “worl’d thinnest tablet” iPad Air 2, the new iPad Mini 3, besides unfolding a new Mac Operating System and Yosemite X.
Introducing the gadgets at the headquarters in Cupertino, California, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said the pending launch of its new mobile payments system, Apple Pay, will take place on Monday.
Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior VP of worldwide marketing, said the iPad Air 2, with a new anti-reflective coating, first time in any tablet, sports an 8-megapixel iSight camera and a new-generation A8X chip, which has 3 billion transistors. iPad Air 2 has time lapse and slow-motion video too.
Apple chose to slightly update its iPad Mini 3, which comes in silver, space gray and gold. Both the Mini and Air incorporate a Touch ID fingerprint sensor for security. While iPad Air 2 has been priced $499, the smaller iPad Mini 3 will start selling at $399 and online pre-orders will begin from Friday.
Cook said so far 500 banks and many branded retailers in the world have agreed to support the Apple Pay digital payment system, which was first made available on the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus released early this month.
“It’s been an incredible year and tremendously busy already,” Cook said stressing that both iPhone6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the fastest-selling in Apple’s history. “This is the strongest lineup of products Apple has ever had,” he said.
Craig Federighi, senior VP of Mac Software Engineering, also touted the new features of iOS 8 and its new Mac operating system, Yosemite, terming them the “most advanced operating system on the planet.”
“What really sets iOS apart is the incredible technologies it puts in the hands of our developers,” Federighi said. Schiller has pointed out that the high-resolution Retina 5K display on the iMac is “the most incredible display we’ve ever made.”