Well that’s all folks. Apple’s iPad and Mac event has come, and gone. We’ll continue talking about the announcements made today for many, many weeks, but the keynote itself and all of the speculation and rumors we heard leading up to it, are now over.
A lot has happened in the last 10 hours or so, and we understand that it might have been difficult to keep track of everything. So as usual, we’ve put together an awesome roundup for you of everything important that happened during and after today’s event.
iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3
There weren’t many surprises in the iPad announcements today, as supply chain leaks pretty much spoiled all of the new stuff. As expected, the iPad Air is now thinner and more powerful, and the iPad mini received a minor update and saw very little stage time.
- This is iPad Air 2…
- Apple unveils the iPad mini 3 with Touch ID
- Tech specs: iPad Air 2 vs iPad Air
- Tech specs: iPad mini 3 vs iPad mini 2
- New cellular iPads feature versatile Apple SIM for seamlessly switching from one carrier to another
- iPad Air 2 photo gallery
- Ten ways iPad Air 2 is better than iPad mini 3
- Apple introduces new Smart Covers and Smart Cases for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3
- Pixelmator is coming to iPad soon, app teased in new video
New Macs, OS X Yosemite
Apple unveiled two new Macs today: a 27″ iMac with a gorgeous 5K Retina display, and a refreshed Mac mini with a discounted entry-level price of $499. OS X Yosemite, which was introduced in June, also got some stage time and was released after the event.
- Apple announces 27″ iMac with Retina 5K display available today for $2,499
- Apple updates Mac mini, lowers price to $499
- You can now buy iMac with Retina 5K display from Apple’s website
- OS X Yosemite available today as free update
- OS X Yosemite update now available in the Mac App Store
- Apple updates iWork with Yosemite support, OS X apps get redesigned
- Apple updates iLife and Aperture with support for OS X Yosemite
- Apple releases iTunes 12.0.1 for OS X Yosemite
Apple Pay and everything else
Although Apple already talked about Apple Pay in length at its September event, it touched on the service today, saying it would be launching Monday alongside iOS 8.1. It also noted over 500 banks and several new retailers have signed on within the last month.
- Tim Cook kicks off iPad event with usual barrage of stats
- Apple Pay launching Monday, October 20th
- WatchKit SDK rolling out in November for developers
- Watch the new iPad Air 2 and iMac with Retina 5K display videos
- iOS 8.1 available Monday, brings back Camera Roll and other improvements
- You can now watch a replay of today’s Apple event
- Hands-on with iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and iMac with Retina 5K display
And that should just about cover everything. Thanks for choosing to hang out with us today, it was fun! Make sure to stay tuned to iDB over the coming weeks and months for more coverage on the new iPads, Macs, OS X Yosemite, Apple Pay, and much, much more.