It wasn’t quite the mega-announcement of last month’s Apple iPhone 6 and Apple Watch unveiling — how could it be? — but on Thursday, the world’s largest tech company continued to spruce up its inventory with refreshes of its iPads, iMacs and Mac Mini line of products.
You can get the full rundown in this story, but here are the highlights:New iPad Air 2 — thinner at 6.1 mm than the previous iPad Air, still starts at $499 for a 16-GB model. Apple also introduced an updated iPad Mini, starting at $399. Advance orders start Friday and the iPads begin shipping next week.A long-awaited refresh of the iMac, at least the top-end 27-inch model, which now has a Retina display, or what Apple is calling “5K Retina” at a resolution of 5,210 x 2,880. It starts at $2,499 and is shipping immediately. Apple will continue to sell 27-inch and 21-inch models that are not Retina-enabled.Apple updated the specs on its Mac Mini computers and dropped the price on its cheapest version from $599 to $499.Apple Pay, Apple’s foray into mobile payments, launches on Monday.Apple is launching a developer tool for its health initiative, HealthKit, in November.As expected, Apple’s OS X update for Mac is coming along and the company continued to tout the Watch concept, which debuts early next year.
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