Notes on Apple’s iPad event
The computing power of the new A8x chip seems off the charts. Impressive. Which goes along well with the reports about the new Nexus 9 scoring on par with a 2012 Mac Pro in a Geekbench benchmark. This kind of power will bring new usage scenarios and opportunities for tablets.
The thinness of the iPad Air 2. Cool. And useful. Thinness and lightness is a big deal for my tablet usage habits.
The not so impressive iPad mini 3. I’m sure its a good tablet, but it’s more or less an iPad mini 2 with touchID, so save yourself 100 bucks and buy that one instead for $299. Which in turn looks like a good deal. Also, in the sake of progress, customer satisfaction and developer sanity, I think Apple should have scrapped the original iPad mini which runs on the old A5 chip from the lineup.
The new Apple SIM card comes preinstalled on the iPad Air 2 cellular models. The new SIM lets users choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers in the U.S. and UK directly from the iPad. This is a pretty big move in the slow moving telecom industry which will pave the way for other vendors and devices. This model will also bring new opportunities and increased usage of embedded cellular in the Internet of Things era.
The new retina iMac. Nice. But at $2,500, it’s way out of my league
New internals and a new lower starting price ($499) for the Mac mini. Finally.