UPDATE 1:41 PM
Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, took the stage to announce some big changed for Apple users.
According to Federighi, users can begin using Apple Pay, which we were introduced to at the last event, will be available this coming Monday after downloading iOS 8.1. He also announced the return of Camera Roll.
The latest version of the operating system will also feature a beta test of iCloud Photo Library.
Along with the usual Mac features, Federighi unveiled a few new apps, said to be geared toward efficiency. He gave a quick preview of Markup, an app that will allow you to directly edit attachments in the Mail app. The software engineering VP also revealed that messages, iTunes and iWork have all been updated in Yosemite.
Another big change for Mac users, you’ll now be able to connect all your devices through a system called Continuity. The system uses Apple’s servers to link devices, allowing for integration of features from the iPad and iPhone onto Macs. Handoff will allow you to start working on something on your computer and finish it on your iPad or iPhone. You’ll also be able to place and receive calls and texts from your iPhone connected to the same Wi-Fi network and hand them off to your computer.
Perhaps the biggest news of all? All of these features will be free. That’s right, y’all – F R E E.
Then came the good stuff with Federighi transitioning from operating systems and new apps, to iPad talk. According to him, the company has sold more than 225 million iPads around the world since launching the original tablet a few years ago. That’s more than Lenovo, HP, Dell or Acer have sold in tthe last year. They attribute this success to the more than 675 thousand apps designed specifically for the iPad’s retina display, along with their thinner, lighter design.
Well, they’ve decided to expand on that idea. The software engineering big wig revealed the new iPad Air 2, which resembles last year’s design, but is slightly thinner and lightyears faster. The latest iPad, which features Touch ID and a glare-free screen, is less than half the width of the original iPad.
It’s not all design and speed changes, however. Apple has finally answered the prayers of selfie-takers everywhere by installing an 8-megapixle iSight camera. Not only is the quality better, users will now be able to take panoramas with their iPads as well as time lapse capability, the burst feature and slow-motion video. The tablet’s front-facing camera has also received a update, allowing for clearer video chats.
Two years after the last iMac update, Apple has decided to tweak the popular desktop computer.
New iMacs will feature retina display, which is better than HD and is currently the highest resolution available. This display was first used in the iPhone, then added to the iPad before transitioning into the world of computers in 2012.
Phew, that’s a lot of change, but we are so ready.
Just over a month after introducing the world to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple is back with more big news. Though there probably won’t be any U2 performances or major new iGadgets, you should probably still tune in to watch what tech experts believe will be a more iPad/iMac-focused event.
In true Apple fashion, the tech-giant sent a vague invitation to watch their event via Livestream, sharing only the date, time, and a quick message:
“It’s been too long,” the invite read.
Naturally, this one liner got the rumor mill buzzing. It is believed the company plans to roll out two new iPads today – the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3. These rumors gained credence when Apple released the official user guide for iOS 8, showing screenshots of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. The screenshots were quickly deleted, but not before thousands of Apple users caught a glimpse.
The photos showed the much talked about Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which will be available on both devices. This appears to be the only major change, aside from being faster and thinner.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – right, Apple?
They’re also expected to announce some changes for the iMac desktop computer line. Users haven’t seen a new iMac in two years. Tech blogs reported that Apple was in the final stages of testing iMacs with retina display, as well as more efficient parts and better Wi-Fi antennas.
Users can also expect to hear more about iPay, which the brand touched on during their last event, and the launch of OS X Yosemite.
OS X Yosemite is the latest operating system for Macs. Apple gave a brief look at Yosemite at their annual Worldwide Developers Conference last June. The OS takes much of its design from iOS 7 for iPhone. Apple believes this will create uniformity for users across laptops, desktops, tablets and smart phones.
Lastly, many techies believe we’re due for an Apple TV update of some kind.
Check out the livestream above and keep it locked on GlobalGrind for the latest.
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