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Apple Oct. 16 event: iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, iMac with Retina display. Ho-hum, no surprises

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In a more low-key event than the mega-launch that was the iPhone 6 announcement last September, Apple revealed on Oct. 16 that they will add a 27-inch iMac with Retina display that runs OS X Yosemite, plus two new iPads, to their product line.

Not very ground-shaking news, but still a strong offering to follow up the successful release of the new iPhones.

OS X Yosemite is Apple's newest operating system and will allow Macs and Apple devices to work more in sync with one another. Tasks that are started on a desktop can be completed on an iPad or iPhone and vice-versa, allowing work to be more mobile and accessible.

OS X Yosemite is available as a free download.

The Retina display of the new iMacs will boast a resolution of 5K. That's one thousand more pixels per inch than most HDTV's on the market today, reports Joshua Brustein of Bloomberg Businessweek.

Apple's newest iPad Air 2 is now the thinnest iPad in the product line -- pencil thin at 6.1 millimeters but with a processor that is 40 percent faster than previous iPad Airs.

The last of the hardware offerings is the new iPad Mini 3, which now has a TouchID sensor to enable locking the device, confirming Apple store purchases, and authenticating other third-party apps with a fingerprint.

Both iPads will be available in silver, space gray and gold.

Apple will begin accepting pre-orders for the new devices on Oct. 17, with the first batch of shipments to go out at the end of next week.

Other reveals during the event at the Apple Headquarters include announcements that users will be able to gain access to the beta version of the iCloud photo library, which the company hopes will replace Photo Stream, and that Apple Pay will also finally go live starting Oct. 20.

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