Apple unveils new iPads, releases desktop OS X Yosemite

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The iPad is getting a facelift.

Apple unveiled new editions of the iPad and iPad Mini at an event in California on Thursday, where it also announced that its new Apple Pay system will launch on Monday, Oct. 20.

The new tablets — the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini — both come with TouchID fingerprint sensors, which previously were only available on the iPhone. You can use the TouchID to make purchases online with Apple Pay, though it won’t work at cash registers in stores the way the new iPhones do.

The Air 2 is just 6.1 millimeters thick, 18% smaller than the previous iPad Air. It’s also got a souped-up processor, improved Retina display and a camera that takes panoramic photos up to 43 megapixels.

Both of the new iPads will be available for preorder on Friday and will ship by the end of next week. The Air 2 starts at $499 for the 16-gigabyte, WiFi-only version, while the same version of the Mini 3 goes for $399.

The 64-gig Air 2 is $599, while the 128-gig version is $699; for an additional $130, you can get a version in each of those sizes equipped with cellular data connectivity.

It’s taken 2 years, but Apple has updated the Mac Mini desktop computer, and the price has dropped from it’s 2012 price of $599 to $499.

Apple also unveiled a new 27-inch iMac desktop computer that begins shipping today and goes for $2,499.

On the software side, Apple announced that its new operating system, OS X Yosemite, will be available for free to download in the App Store on Thursday. The latest update to its mobile software, iOS 8.1, will be available Monday.

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