Apple refreshes iPads, iMacs, Mac minis and more

Four days ahead of Apple's quarterly earnings report, the most valuable company on the planet refreshes its product range

Apple announced its new generation of iPads, iMacs and the release of OS X Yosemite at a small event in Cupertino yesterday.

Compared to the raucous unveiling of the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch last month, the show was relatively subdued. The iPad Air 2 consumed a decent proportion of the event; the device includes a new A8X chip, an upgraded camera and Touch ID.

While the iPad Mini 3 also gets Touch ID, it is largely similar in specification to the previous generation – the iPad Mini 2.

The iMac also got a long overdue upgrade, now sporting a 5K Retina display, a 3.5Ghz quad-core Intel i7 CPU and an AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics card.

Apple’s new desktop operating system, OS X Yosemite,  was also made publicly available. Both Mavericks and Yosemite have been free to download, putting pressure on Microsoft, which historically generates substantial revenue from Windows, to change its pricing model.

The Mac Mini also got a revamp. The entry level miniature desktop now  sports an Intel Core i5 processor, available in 1.4GHz, 2.6GHz or 2.8GHz; a 1TB hard drive and anywhere between 4 to 16GB of RAM dependent on price.

The MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptops did not get a makeover this time around, nor did the Apple TV. claims that the lack of laptops could be because there is currently a shortage of  next-generation 14-nanometer Broadwell chips.

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