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iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 — should you upgrade?

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 — should you upgrade?

With two new iPad models being announced today, there’s one overriding question: should I upgrade? If you’re reading this on an iPad, you might be wondering if it’s worth plopping down some cash at the Apple Store for a new iPad Air or iPad mini. There’s a lot of cool stuff, but the top-end 128GB iPad Air 2 with cellular connectivity starts creeping into the Macbook Air price range. That’s a lot of cash, especially if you’ve got an iPad you’re happy with.

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iPad mini 3 hands-on: the golden Touch ID

iPad mini 3 hands-on: the golden Touch ID

So you’ve had your time with the Holy Grail of tablets and you’ve come back for some more, yes? You’ve seen and felt and experienced the iPad mini 2 - previously called the iPad mini with Retina Display - and you want to see what this iPad mini 3 is all about. Turns out there’s not a whole lot different with this newest iPad mini, it’s just a generational leap that’ll change the way you secure your mobile experience. And you can get it in gold, too.

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iPad Air 2 hands-on: Witness the waif

iPad Air 2 hands-on: Witness the waif

Did the iPad Air need to be any slimmer? Apple certainly thinks so, and so the iPad Air 2 was born, just 6.1mm thick and now blessed with a Touch ID sensor that was previously limited to its iPhone cousins. At first glance it's hard to spot the difference, at least until you pick the Air 2 up, when its waifish build suddenly becomes more obvious.

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Retina 5K iMac display has insane pixel count

Retina 5K iMac display has insane pixel count

If you were thinking the iMac display was lacking, you might not be alone. Apple has taken the next step forward with their desktop machine, bringing in the “world’s highest resolution display”. Not only Retina, the new iMac is going to be Retina 5K. What does that mean, exactly? It’s got seven times more pixels than your awesome HD TV. It’s also only 5mm thin at the edge, and uses a lot less energy than the existing iMac. Less power and more pixels? Yes, please.

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iPad Air 2: pre-order tomorrow, ships Monday

iPad Air 2: pre-order tomorrow, ships Monday

With iPad Air 2 being announced, there’s a lot of great stuff. A great new camera lets you snap better tablet photos (if that’s your thing), and iOS 8.1 is coming Monday. There’s also Touch ID on the new iPad Air, and it’s only 6.1mm thin. A lot of exciting stuff, so when can you get it?! Apple loves to talk about how great their tablet is, but they also love to sell it to you — and we’ll tell you when you can grab one, and how much it will be this time around!

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More iPads sold in 4 years than any Apple product in history

More iPads sold in 4 years than any Apple product in history

This afternoon Apple has suggested that they’ve sold more iPads in the product’s first four years of availability than any other product. Even the iPhone, Apple’s best-selling product, didn’t reach the sales numbers the iPad did in its first four years in its own first four years. Adoption of the iPad was a lot easier to accomplish than the iPhone - no data costs, after all. Now Apple's quest must be how to replace those iPads - what's a new iPad when you already have one, after all?

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OS X Yosemite out today, brings full suite of features

OS X Yosemite out today, brings full suite of features

OS X Yosemite — Apple’s newest desktop operating system has been known and in progress since WWDC earlier this year. At their event today, Apple says that over one million people have signed up for the public beta, which was designed to get a more grounded set of feedback from actual users. Even better, OS X Yosemite is coming out today. In fact, once you’re done reading this article, you might want to go check for the update! There’s a lot of great new features in OS X Yosemite, so you’ll definitely want to snap it up.

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Apple Pay coming Monday, has 500 additional banks

Apple Pay coming Monday, has 500 additional banks

At Apple’s event today, there is a lot going on, and we’re already getting a lot of good news. On stage, Tim cook says Apple Pay is coming Monday, and that the company believes their mobile payment system will be “profound”, and “huge”. To that end, Apple is announcing they’ve signed up 500 additional banks, and have support of all major networks in using their payment system. You’ll also get to use it soon, maybe sooner than you thought (if you’ve got an iPhone 6, obviously).

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Apple Store down: new products incoming

Apple Store down: new products incoming

We’re in line at the Apple Event this morning in California and the Apple Store has gone down. This means that new Apple hardware is fast approaching, and that it’ll be available for order - or pre-order, at least - later today. This sort of down time has happened with essentially every major release of a product from Apple over the past several years, iPhone to iPad to MacBook Pro and back again. Today we’ll expect some iPad Air, some Mac, and some Yosemite for sure - though that last one will come from your App Store, not Apple’s online store.

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Apple event predictions: 3D Apple, iPad Air, Mini, Yosemite

Apple event predictions: 3D Apple, iPad Air, Mini, Yosemite

Several new bits and pieces are being tipped towards release this week as Apple’s next big event takes place tomorrow, the 16th of October. We’ll be there with bells on - and information releases as fast as you can read them. There we’ll see all manner of new devices, likely an iPad Air update, a new iPad Mini, and more than likely an official releasing of OS X Yosemite for desktop and notebook machines of all kinds - including a tipped new MacBook Air with Retina display - though that's just a less-than-respectable rumor.

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