[Apple] 27″ Retina iMac & Faster Mac Mini Announced

October 19, 2014  |  Apple, New Products

I know it has been a few days since I completed my Apple’s Special Event post, but better late than never.  Apple held an event last Thursday, October 16th in which they announced the new iPad Air 2 and the slightly refreshed iPad mini 3 (which after consideration finds only two updates and that is a new colors and Touch ID, otherwise everything is exactly the same as the iPad mini 2, therefore it’s not smart to purchase.  Anyways, Apple also unveiled the new iMac with 5K Retina Display and finally refreshed the Mac Mini.

What’s new in the iMac with 5K Retina Display?

  • 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, carrying a resolution of 5120 x 2880 pixels.  This means an improved contrast, viewing angles, and color accuracy on the iMac. This is just beyond gorgeous!
  • It features the fourth generation Intel Core processors and comes with the standard quad-core 3.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor, it is upgradable to a quad-core 4.0GHz Intel Core i7 processor.
  • Features AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics processor
  • Comes standard with 1TB Fusion drive (upgradable to 3TB)
  • Comes with Thunderbolt 2 and Faster Wi-Fi

Pricing starts at $2499 (730 KWD) for the stock model featuring: 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1 TB Fusion Drive, and AMD Radeon R9 M290X with 2GB video memory.  It is available for purchase NOW. [Buy iMac with Retina 5K Display]

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[Apple] iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 Announced

October 17, 2014  |  Apple, I want.., iPad, New Products

Apple held a special event today where they announced updates in the iPad line-up as well as the Mac line-up.  In this post we will discuss the updates with the iOS devices.

Before the announcement of iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, we were given information that iOS 8.1 will be released next Monday, October 20th it will have some improvements to the things that iOS  8 broke when we last updated and bring back things such as the “Camera Roll”, activate Apple Pay (working in the US currently only) and introduce iCloud Photo Library .  This update is free and should hit the airwaves next monday.

What’s new in the iPad Air 2?

  • It is now THINNER at 6.1 mm instead of 7.5 mm on the iPad Air 1.
  • TOUCH ID has been enabled right now which helps you use APPLE PAY as well (however no NFC support).
  • The display has been revamped with the use a of GAPLESS LAMINATED DISPLAY PANEL which helps produce sharper images and covered with ANTI-REFLECTIVE COATING that makes it 56% less reflective.
  • A new faster A8X processor is under the hood giving it faster performance and faster graphics.
  • The CAMERA has been updated with 8-megapixel iSIGHT CAMERA with 1.12 micron pixels, f2.4 and 1080P HD videos.  The FaceTimeHD camera also received an update and basically both cameras now can do everything your iPhone 6 can (i.e. Burst-mode,  Slo-Mo, Timelapse, Selfie Burst, HDR photos and HDR videos.
  • FASTER WIFI & MORE LTE BANDS are available.
  • BATTERY LIFE is at 10 hours
  • M8 Processor to give you better accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and an all-new barometer that senses air pressure to determine relative elevation.
  • Comes in three colors: Gold, Silver, and Space Grey.  In three sizes 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128GB.  In either Wi-Fi only model or Cellular + Wi-Fi model.
  • Pre-orders tomorrow Friday OCT 17, Shipping by end of next week.

What’s new in the iPad mini 3?

  • Screen Shot 2014-10-17 at 1.52.52 AMTouch ID Home button
  • GOLD Color option
  • Comes in three colors: Gold, Silver, and Space Grey.  In three sizes 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128GB.  In either Wi-Fi only model or Cellular + Wi-Fi model.
  • Pre-orders tomorrow Friday OCT 17, Shipping by end of next week.

Everything else is pretty much the same as the iPad mini 2 (with Retina Display).

 

Prices are:

iPad Air 2

  • 16GB Wi-Fi Only [$499] around 146 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 64 GB Wi-Fi Only [$599] around 175 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 128 GB Wi-Fi Only [$699] around 205 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 16 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$629] around 184 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 64 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$729] around 215 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 128 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$829] around 242 KWD (without tax and shipping)

iPad mini 3

  • 16GB Wi-Fi Only [$399] around 117 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 64 GB Wi-Fi Only [$499] around 146 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 128 GB Wi-Fi Only [$599] around 175 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 16 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$629] around 155 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 64 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$729] around 184 KWD (without tax and shipping)
  • 128 GB Cellular + Wi-Fi [$829] around 212 KWD (without tax and shipping)

Personally, I’m grabbing the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 both in Gold color, 128GB Wi-Fi only models.  I find that I don’t use the LTE model at all so why pay the extra $130.

Amazon Updates Kindle Family Line Up

September 18, 2014  |  Amazon, New Products, Techie

While we were all so busy with the iPhone 6 update and with what Apple was offering with the new iOS 8, Amazon had silently updated its Kindle family line up to include five new devices.  We have a brand new affordable Kindle with touch-screen priced at $79, the Kindle Voyage (best thing to date), Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, Kindle Fire HD 6″ Edition/7″ Edition, and the Kindle Fire HD Kids edition as well.

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[Apple] Apple Watch Announced Today

September 10, 2014  |  Apple, I want.., New Products

Apple finally brought the “One more thing” back with the announcement of the Apple Watch.  This watch is one of the most beautiful watches I have ever seen.  The slight glitch here though is that it won’t be available until Early 2015 but hey that means I get to have more time to save up and grab it! The watch us designed to be both fashionable and functional and comes with six different types of watch straps that are interchangeable.  The price starts at $349 and goes up with each different watch face/edition.  We were given a glimpse into the life of the Apple Watch and here is what’s up with it.

The  Watch

  • Six different watch face colors and materials: Stainless Steel, Silver Aluminum, 18-Karat Yellow Gold, Space Black Stainless Steel, Space Grey Aluminum, and 18-Karat Rose Gold
  • Three Collections also available:
    • Watch Collection: Stainless Steel or Black Stainless Steel cases with range of metal and leather bands
    • Watch Sport Collection: Anodized Aluminum cases in silver or space gray with colorful, durable bands
    • Watch Edition: 18-Karat Gold cases in Yellow or Rose with exquisitely crafted bands and closures
  • Two sizes: 38mm and 42mm
  • Sapphire display with a touch screen
  • Digital Crown as a method of navigation or “home button” on the watch
  • Pressure-sensing technology
  • Taptic Engine
  • New S1 processor
  • Magsafe Wireless charging through the back zirconia crafted four sapphire lenses which also detect pulse rate
  • Gyroscope and accelerometer which means it can replace fitness bands
  • Fitness and Workout apps available
  • NFC for Apple Pay support.

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Personally I’m dying here waiting for this beautiful watch! It’s insanely gorgeous and I have never seen anything that beautiful ever! I’m debating highly getting the rose-gold edition with a couple of straps but have to see how pricing works out there.  Couldn’t Early 2015 come here sooner!

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[Apple] iPhone 6 and iPhone 6Plus Announced

September 10, 2014  |  Apple, iPhone, New Products

In today’s special Apple event we witnessed another milestone in the iPhone history. We were introduced to the new larger, thinner, and insanely better iPhones. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6Plus. Both phones will be available for pre-order on September 12 (this Friday) and available for purchase on September 19. iOS8 will be available as a free download on September 17.

What’s new in the iPhones?

  • Retina HD display (The 6 will have 1334 x 750 display at 326 ppi & 6Plus will have 1920 x 1080 at 401 pip).  That means they will have up to 2 million more pixels than existing phones
  • Next generation 64-bit A8 chip which delivers 25% faster CPU performance and 50% more energy efficient
  • Next generation M8 processor with a new barometer that calculates steps, stairs, calories, etc.
  • 20 LTE Bands with higher speeds and VoLTE (Voice over LTE) technology
  • 3 times faster Wifi with Wifi Calling
  • Thin (The 6 will be 6.9mm thin while the 6Plus is 7.1mm)
  • Battery life (The 6 has Up to 14hrs talk time on 3G, 6Plus has 24hrs talk time on 3G)
  • New Camera System with new 8MP sensor, along with circular true-tone flash, and FOCUS PIXEL technology which gets better autofocus points.  As well as Image stabilization system (digital in the iPhone 6 and optical in the iPhone 6Plus)
  • Video capabilities have improved where they both shoot in 1080P at 30fps and 60fps, along with 240fps for slo-mo video.
  • Front-facing FaceTimeHD has a new sensor with f2.2 aperture that lets in 81% more light. SELFIES ARE BETTER NOW!
  • Both come in three colors: Space Grey, Silver, and Gold
  • Both come in three sizes: 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB (no more 32GB!)

Prices are:

iPhone 6

16GB [$649] around 187 KWD (without tax and shipping)

64GB [$749] around 215 KWD (without tax and shipping)

128GB [$849] around 244 KWD (without tax and shipping)

iPhone 6Plus

16GB [$749] around 215 KWD (without tax and shipping)

64GB [$849] around 244 KWD (without tax and shipping)

128GB [$949] around 273 KWD (without tax and shipping)

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[Apple] WWDC14 Brings Us iOS 8 & OS X Yosemite

June 3, 2014  |  Apple, iPad, iPhone, New Products, Techie

Last night, June 2nd was the opening keynote of Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Convention (WWDC) 2014 Edition, this convention being the company’s 25th held special surprises for developers as well as the end user consumer.  Tim Cook took the stage to introduce us to the new Operating System (OS X) Yosemite which was so close to being called OSX Weed :P as well as the iOS 8 both of which will be coming to everyone this Fall and will be available as a free upgrade.

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So you’re probably interested in what each update contained, well I will summarize it to the bone (hopefully) and this should be easy for you guys to follow along. Although Tim Cook was the main keynote speaker when it came to announcing the new software products, Craig Federighi was the man of the hour who took to explaining what each OS had in terms of “What’s New” and made us laugh hilariously along the way.

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The Life of a Gadget-aholic & Its Disasters

April 11, 2014  |  I want.., New Products, Techie

By now you must know that I am not your typical girl.  I am the type of girl who is not even remotely interested in getting the latest high-end brand purse or shoes, or even clothes for that matter.   Don’t get me wrong I do like to shop occasionally for some new clothes but its never something insane that I can’t afford or that I will need to save an arm and a leg for.  My money is spent on something else… GADGETS!

You see some of my friends when they are looking for some retail therapy, they head over to the shoe stores or purses or even some jewelry.  I myself scratch all of that out and head to the Electronics store and look for something geeky and interesting.  It’s hard because sometimes, just sometimes I find myself in even more debt just because I want to have that particular gadget and I basically don’t have the amount on hand (especially since I am unemployed and semi-broke).

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Want an example?  Well last week Amazon unveiled a new set-top TV box called the Fire TV and granted at the moment I saw it, I was like “Hmmmmmmm, maybe and maybe not” but the price tag attached to it, which was 99$ made me think “What the hell, why not!” and so I am currently waiting on receiving my unit.  I find myself promoting Amazon and its products to the Apple level in my books.  As in, I find myself buying anything and everything Amazon releases simply because “Ohhhhhh that’s shiny!!!!” They say Sagittarians are easily distracted by shiny objects and tend to over spend on traveling and shiny objects, I actually agree.

So will it work in Kuwait, since we all know Amazon has placed some IP restrictions on its services being used outside of the US, I’m not sure but I’m willing to try and find out.  I just find myself drooling and dreaming over new gadgets whether I need them or not, whether I will continue to use them or not, and really let’s just face it, if its not an Apple then there is a 100% chance I will lose interest in a week.

If only Santa were real and could send me every gadget out there for keeps!

P.S. If this is my Father reading, please don’t get mad, I just had to try this one out and it’s really not bad for a 99$ price-point.  It’s not like I’m spending 999999$ :P

[To read more about the Amazon Fire TV check out Engadget’s Review]