10 traditional norms Apple eliminated at its iPad Air 2 and iMac event

6. The infuriating wall between mobile and Mac

There's no reason I should have to get up from my computer with a full-sized keyboard to respond to a text message on my phone that happens to be in the other room.

OS X Yosemite

You are now free to move about your devices

Cross-platform iMessages fixed this among iDevices owners and iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite take it a step further by relaying all SMS messages between my Apple-made devices.

There are also helpful features like Handoff that bridge the gap between mobile and computer apps. Start an email on the Mac and finish it on an iPhone and vice versa.

7. Looking as foolish using an iPad as a camera

You'll still look silly taking photos with a 9.7-inch iPad, but Apple is right: it's the biggest and best non-traditional viewfinder around.

iPad Air 2 camera

Better than those people who walk around with Google Glass. Sheesh!

The new sensor in the iPad Air 2 iSight camera is now 8 megapixels, giving you photos with a native resolution of 3264 x 2448 and, of course, video shot in 1080p.

Features like time-lapse video, 120 slow-motion video and exposure control give you more control over what you capture and editing on the big screen, as opposed to an iPhone, makes it almost socially acceptable as a camera.

8. Passwords that are hard-to-type on an iPad

Even with that larger keyboard on a 9.7-inch iPad Air screen, entering passwords that are immediately hidden by asterisks is an annoyance that has to go.

iPad Air 2 Touch ID

Home button: Do pass go with go (Touch ID), do spend $200 (Apple Pay)

Luckily, Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensor has made its way onto the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3. Combined with extensions like 1Password, logging into sites and supported apps takes nothing more than the touch of the new home button.

Finally, the iPad is catching up with the old iPhone 5S with a gold color option and infinitely more useful biometric fingerprint sensor.

9. 4K as your highest resolution display

iMac with a Retina 5K display cranks the pixel count so much that it gives you a better resolution than that 4K TV you probably haven't gotten around to buying yet.

iMac Retina 5K 4K TV

iMac Retina 5K

With 14.7 million pixels and 5120 x 2880 resolution, this 27-inch all-in-one computer has 67 percent more pixels than a 4K display that doesn't contain a computer.

Of course, it comes at a price. It retails for $2,499 (£1,999, AU$2,999) through the Apple Store.

10. High entry fee: Mac mini is even cheaper

Alternatively, you can get more value from the Mac mini 2014 with an even cheaper entry-level price. It starts at $499 (£399, AU$619).

Mac mini 2014

Have a friend who says they can't afford a Mac? Suggest this one.

Sure, it doesn't come with a 5K Retina display or any display monitor for that matter. However, for a barebones Mac computer, the entry level specs are a good value: a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 4GB of memory and 500GB hard drive.

The new Mac mini can also be upgraded with a 2.8 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 8GB of memory and a 1TB Fusion Drive if you have a cool $999 (£799, AU$1,249) on hand.

Change is afoot

Apple is in the process of replacing plastic-involved credit card transactions with Apple Pay, cumbersome passwords on small mobile screens with easy-to-use Touch ID and SIM card juggling with its all-new international-friendly cellular and data card.

It's already breaking down the mobile and Mac wall with iMessages on iOS 8 and Yosemite, ridding the world of cliched pencil-thin iPad comparisons, and making taking photos with an iPad more common, even though civilized people still frown upon it.

Apple iPad Air 2 event October 16 2014

'People don't know what they want until you show it to them.'

On the high end, the 5K iMac Retina looks better than a 4K display and, on the lower end, the new Mac mini makes Mac ownership even easier. In the middle 32GB loses its place, but 64GB is a better value.

Out with the old and in with the new, even if you're not ready or don't always agree, has been Apple's unofficial policy. And now you can pay for "the new" without taking your credit card out of your wallet or purse.

Matt Swider