Today is October 22nd. And you know what that means? Another Apple Event. As expected, the company announced new iPads as well as an updated set of Macbook Pros that brings not just a bump in specs, but a price drop. Some other notables include the release of Mavericks, Apple’s latest iteration of OS X. And guess what? It’s free. Shocking considering that Apple charged for the latest two software updates. It, like the Macbook Pros, are available today – you can download it from the app store. Where as the new iPads, the Mini Retina and the Air, will ship in November.
1. New Mac Pro price and launch
Apple’s new Mac Pro – this is their desktop machine – smells a bit like the company’s failed Cube. But unlike that machine, this one has a full suite of features, options, and ports. In other words it looks to be a powerhouse of a machine, which is anything what the Cube was.
And while Apple unveiled the all new Mac Pro to world at WWDC 2013, they omitted the price and launch date. Well die hard Mac fans, you’re in luck. Today, Apple announced that the the new cylindrical Mac Pro will go on sale this December starting at $2,999. Specs include the latest Intel Xeon E5 processors, room for up to 64GB of RAM (RAM, not storage), and up to 1TB of SSD storage. According to Apple, the Mac Pro will be able to easiliy handle 4K video editing.
2. New 13″ and 15″ Macbook Pro Retinas
As expected, Apple bumped the processing unit in their Macbook Pro’s to Intel’s latest iteration, Haswell. With it comes not only speedier performance, but improved battery life.
The 13-inch model has been slimmed down to .71-inches and now weighs 3.46lbs. Battery life is now expected to hit 9 hours. They’ve also bumped the WiFi support to 802.11ac.
The 15-inch Macbook Pro Retina remains just a svelte as the previous iteration, but at least you’ll have the option to bump the graphics support to the the new Crystalwell Iris Pro graphics and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750m. Battery life jumps to 8 hours. There is also Thunderbolt 2, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and 802.11ac support
3. Macbook Pro new lower price
Sure, I could have included this in the section above, but it’s notable enough that I felt it warranted to give it its own. The 13-inch Macbook Pro Retina (the regular 13-inch Macbook Pro still exists) starts at $1,299. Not bad seeing as the non-retina sells for $100 less.
The 15-inch Macbook Pro Retina of late 2013 costs $200 less than the previous version, starting at $1,999.
Both start shipping in the next 24 hours and you can expect them in store sometime next week.
4. Mavericks Due today and free
Mavericks is arriving today in the app store completely for free. This iteration brings a handful of updates, which include not only speed improvements, but a new look that is said to be more closely aligned to that of iOS 7. For instance, you can expect a new calendar, new contacts book, and a new maps that allows you to send to your iPhone. You can check out all of the new features here.
5. iPad Air
Perhaps the most notable update to the iPad is that it’s now called the iPad Air. Compared to the last iteration, the iPad Air is now thinner and lighter, measuring just 7.5mm thick and weighing 1lb (that’s almost 2mm thinner and .44lbs lighter than the 2012 iPad). The screen, cameras and connectivity options have remained the same. Apple has however replaced the aging A6X processor with the A7, which is also found in the iPhone 5s. They’ve also included their M7 processor to take on the motion sensing responsibilities. RAM is TBD and sorry, no Touch ID Sensor
The iPad Air goes on sale November 1 and will start at $499.
6. iPad Mini with Retina Display
This one was a no brainer for Apple and really no surprise given the Nexus 7 2013 and Amazon’s recently announced Kindle HDX. Physically the iPad Mini with Retina remains the same as the last, but the screen’s resolution has seen a 2x bump from 163ppi to 326ppi (2048×1536 vs 1024×768). The iPad Mini with Retina also enjoys a significant speed bump, as it too has been adorned with the A7 and M7 processor.
The iPad Mini with Retina goes on sale in late November and starts at $399.
7. iPad Mini Price Drop
The last generation, non-Retina iPad Mini is now $300, $29 cheaper than before. Compared to the Nexus 7 it’s hardly a steal, but if you’ve got your heart set on an iPad Mini and trying to squeeze the most out of your dollars, this might not be a bad option.
8. iLife and iWorks Now Free
$0 is good. Provided you’re buying a new Mac. Keynote, Pages, and Numbers we’re all reworked to reflect the changes in iOS 7. iWorks is now in the cloud, allowing you to share files and work on them in real time with others. iPhoto and iMovie (special slow-mo controls for 120fps video captures on the iPhone 5s), as well as Garageband (support for 8 or 16 tracks) have received updates).
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