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Apple’s October 22 Event: New iPads, new Macbooks, new everything… On October 22, Apple held a highly anticipated event to announce an assembly of new products: new laptops, new desktops, new software, and new tablets. Apple is touting more powerful hardware and software at lower prices (and in many cases, free).
OS X Mavericks First, there’s the latest update to the Mac OS X operating system. OS X Mavericks is now available and, for the first time in Apple’s desktop OS release history, it is free. Mavericks optimizes system performance for better battery, better memory management and better graphics performance. Finder receives a new tab interface, and Apple has introduced new desktop apps for iBooks and Maps.
New Macs Apple showed off newer models for the Macbook Pro line, which are now shipping. These new models include upgrades to both the 13-inch and 15-inch retina display Macbook Pros, with better performance and battery life. Apple also revealed the specs for the new Mac Pro, which ships in December. Check out Apple’s site for full system specifications.
New Software The iLife suite gets upgrades to both iOS and the Mac, available now. New versions of iPhoto, iMovie, and Garage Band provide new features to the creative suite. The new iPhoto lets you create your own photo books and send them off to Apple for printing. The new iMovie has a cleaner, simpler interface for iOS7 with even more video effects from the desktop version. You can also save your movies to the iMovie Screening Room and share your movies to all your Apple devices via iCloud. The new Garage Band features up to 32 track editing on the iPad and an updated sound library on the Mac. The new Drummer feature allows you to add automatic drums to your track, modeled after real-world drum personalities.
The new iWork has been completely rewritten for the Mac, featuring full document compatibility between the desktop and iOS devices. The new iWork supports online collaboration through iCloud, allowing multiple users to edit the same document at the same time. Like the rest of the announcements, the new iWork is now available. Both iWork and iLife will come free with new Macs and new iOS devices
New iPads Apple introduced the iPad Air, which will be replacing the 4th generation iPad. It has a 9.7-inch retina display, with a smaller bezel than that of the old iPads. It’s 43 percent thinner and weighs only one pound. It runs on the new A7 chip, the same from the iPhone 5s. The iPad Air also has doubled graphics performance and faster WiFi. It comes in silver/white and space grey/black. It starts a $499 and ships November 1st.
The new iPad Mini finally has a 7.9-inch retina display. It shares features with the iPad Air, such as the A7 chip, faster WiFi, and even available colors. The iPad Mini with retina display will start at $399, available in November. In addition, the original iPad Mini will remain available, at a reduce price of $299. Following suit of their iPhone covers, Apple will have new cases and covers for both the iPad Air and iPad Mini, in multiple colors.
By Alfredo Dizon, eParisExtra