Last night, Apple hosted their latest reveal where they showed off new iPads, new iMacs and revealed that Yosemite was now available for download. We ask our ICT Consultant, Jonathan Ford, what he thought of last night's event.
"It's fair to say that last night's event was really seen as Apple's follow up of the things they didn't have time for in September. A lot of time was spent going back over OSX Yosemite (which is now available today for free, and having used the Beta I'd personally say it’s worth the upgrade), iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay which is available from Monday. Apple Watch Dev Kit comes in November and the Apple Watch is still set for 'Early 2015'. But that doesn't mean the event was without its surprises.
The first main announcement was for the new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 seeing Touch ID come to both and a thinner form factor for the iPad Air 2. Both of these were expected due to some fairly reliable leaks. However, the biggest change was the iPad Air 2 which is now 18% thinner than its predecessor at just 6.1mm. Two of these laid on top of each other is in fact still thinner than the original iPad, so is a real feat of engineering. In my opinion this will become 'the new iPad 2' in that it will stick around for a long time - it was the one to wait for when the iPad Air was first launched, so I'm tempted!
The real show stopper though was the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display. They have managed to fit this into the same form factor as the existing iMac range, and starting at £1999 it's actually cheaper than a lot of existing 5K monitors on their own. I think this is an important step as I can see a lot of designers replacing their existing computers with Apple's 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display rather than just buying a 5K display to add to their existing computer. This may help Apple get a little more of the market - good price pointing Apple!
However, the main reason that the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display excites me is that this suggests we should expect to see more from Apple in the 5K display market. Apple previously pushed out a 'minor' update to the MacBook Pro retina range to take the Intel Iris Graphics to 1536MB from 1024MB and the feeling then was that this is in lieu of a new Cinema Display. So, my feeling is that Apple will announce a new Lighting Retina 5K Cinema display next year once the new iMac has been around long enough to make a dent in the market - they wouldn't want MacBook Pro Retina users to wait when they could buy both, would they…
In summary - get OSX Yosemite and iOS 8.1 as they're great together (and free!). If you need to buy or update your iPad, now's the time. And, if you have a spare £1999 then the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display looks amazing!"