Roundup: Apple’s October 2013 Event

Apple today announced a slew of new products including OS X Mavericks (available for free today from the Mac App Store), the new Mac Pro, updated MacBook Pros with Retina Displays the iPad Air, and the iPad Mini with Retina Display.

Apple Executive Craig Fedaragi took the stage today to announce the release of OS X Mavericks, the next iteration of the “world’s most advanced desktop operating system.” Fedaragi pleasantly surprised us explaining that Mavericks will be available for free via the mac App Store.
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Additionally, the redesigned Mac Pro and new MacBook Pro with Retina display were announced by Phil Schiller, touting new and improved processors, graphics, and more. The new MacBook Pros will be available for purchase today in any Apple retail store. Apple’s latest pro beast, the Mac Pro is substantially smaller and more powerful than it’s predecessor, the 2010 tower. It will be available for sale in December.

While these updates were warmly welcomed, the real star of the show was the iPad. Apple released the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display to succeed the Fourth Generation iPad and iPad Mini (first gen).

Apple touts the iPad Air as weighing only 1 pound, featuring an all new design, faster A7 Chip, M7 coprocessor, new smart covers, and more. Apple’s design is in line with the first gen and second gen iPad Mini.
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The new iPad Mini with Retina Display sports an incredible Retina Display with over 3.1 million pixels. Better contrast and saturation make this a truly incredibly display.

Eddy Cue, SVP of iCloud and internet services demoes the latest update to iLife and iWork claiming it is the most substantial update ever. Both suites are available for either update or purchase on the Mac App Store.
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We’ll gave more information and reviews of the new iPads, Macs, and Mavericks coming soon – so stay tuned.

What do you think of the announcement?

Update October 22 at 4:35 PST: Addition of iWork and iLife info.

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