Apple announces the iPad Air, Mavericks OS X, and more
We may not be the biggest Applefans, but we still think it’s important to keep up with the competition. Apple’s San Francisco event ended earlier today with the announcement of two new iPads, two new Macs, and Mavericks OS X.
The biggest news is undoubtedly the announcement of the iPad Air. It’s the fifth-generation of 9.7-inch iPads and is lighter, slimmer, and faster, weighing one pound, measuring 0.3 inches thick, and running a 64-bit A7 chip. It’ll be avilable on Nov. 1 at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi-only model and $629 for the LTE-enabled 16GB version.
The second generation iPad mini will be packing a 7.9 inch screen with a 2,048x1,568 resolution. Set to release in November for $70 more than the original at $399, the non-Retina iPad mini will continue to sell at the lower price of $299 for the 16GB model.
After announcing the cylindrical Mac Pro last summer—get our first impressions on episode 205 of the No BS Podcast—Apple has finally announced the price of the base model: $2,999. Pony up and you’ll get an undeniably small machine with 256GB of storage and a 3.7 GHz quad-core Xeon processor sometime before the end of the year.
Mavericks OS X will release alongside the updated Retina MacBook Pros as a free upgrade which Apple claims will speed up Macs and increase battery life. The Retina MacBook Pro laptops will be available on Tuesday. They’ve got beefed up processors, larger batteries, and cheaper prices.
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