Apple’s special media event finished a few hours ago and they introduced us to a bunch of new products. Last month we saw the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch. This month we see the release date for Apple Pay and iOS 8.1, the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.
Apple Pay will be available for download on Monday, October 20th. Three major credit card companies (Visa, MasterCard and American Express) and the nation’s top banks (Citi, PNC, Chase, etc.) will support Apple Pay during its initial roll-out. Major retailers like American Eagle, Macy’s and Walgreens are signed up for the initial roll-out as well.
WatchKit will allow 3rd-party developers to create their own apps for the Apple Watch. This is available to developers starting in November. Apple Watch is still on track to ship in early 2015.
The newest operating system for the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad has been out since mid-September. Nearly half (48%) of users are running iOS 8. The first major update to the OS, called iOS 8.1, brings support for Apple Pay, Continuity with OS X Yosemite and public beta of iCloud Photo Library (works for videos too).
iPad Air 2
- 6.1mm thin (compare this to the iPhone 6 which is 6.9mm thin)
- laminated display with anti-reflective coating
- A8X processor with 64-bit architecture and M8 co-processor (specially designed processor for iPad)
- 10-hour battery life
- 8MP rear iSight camera with 1080p HD video (panoramic pictures, time-lapse, slo-mo video and burst mode)
- camera features: panoramic pictures, time-lapse, slo-mo video and burst mode for the rear camera and single-shot HDR, burst mode for selfies and HDR videos with the front camera
- up to 150Mbps on cellular and up to 833Mbps on Wi-Fi
- Touch ID
- available in silver, space gray and gold with storage capabilities of 16GB, 64GB and 128GB starting at $499
iPad mini 3
- same design as previous model
- 5MP iSight rear camera
- Touch ID
- available in silver, space gray and gold with storage capabilities of 16GB, 64GB and 128GB starting at $399