Apple Announces New iPad, Macbook And More
So Apple had another big event where they unveiled plenty of new products. So we’ve got a new and thinner iPad, a fresh Macbook, Mac Pro, iPad Mini and even a new OS. That’s a lot of stuff but apparently no Elvis Costello this time.
First off, the new Mac OS X Mavericks is available for free upgrade to anybody currently using OS Snow Leopard or later.
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Mavericks promises to improve the performance and battery life of current Mac machines using better optimised software and improved data management.
The OS will utilise a compressed memory technique that can, for example, squeeze 6GB of data into 4GB of RAM, said Apple, allowing your Mac to run more apps than it could before without slowing down.
Then we’ve got the new iPad Air which is thicker, heavier and slower than its predecessor. No, of course it isn’t. It weights 0.5kg, is 7.5mm thick with a smaller bezel and 9.7″ Retina display. Using the new A7 chip found in the iPhone 5S, this new iPad is twice as fast as its predecessor with MIMO technology inside for faster WiFi. Thanks to the M7 it’s graphically 72 times faster than the first-generation iPad.
iPad Air boasts 10 hours of battery life and comes in 16Gb, 32GB, 64Gb and 128GB for $499, $599, $699, and $799 respectively. It’s set to release in the US on November 1.
The new iPad Mini on the other hand finally has a Retina display and the rest of its specs are not too different from the iPad Air. There’s an A7 chip inside which makes it 4 times faster with processing and 8 times faster graphically. It’s also got 10 hours of battery life, MIMO and a 5MP camera.
The standard new iPad Mini will be available in black, white or silver and comes in the same storage capacities as the iPad Air with it costing you $399, $499, $599, and $699 respectively.
Apple CEO Tim Cook then threw around a lot of stats about the iPhone 5S and iOS7.
The iPhone 5S and 5C sold 9 million units during launch weekend. Cook said this was the “biggest iPhone launch, ever.” Cook also said that 64% of Apple’s mobile devices are now running iOS7.
There are now more than 1 million apps in the App Store that have been downloaded more than 60 billion times and developers have earned over $13 billion. The iPad sold its 170 millionth units earlier this month and there are now over 475,000 apps in the App Store specifically designed for the tablet.
Next up on the evening’s schedule was the new lineup of Macbooks. The new thinner version of the 13-inch weighs just 3.46 pounds and is 0.71 inches thin. Other improvements include 60% faster 802.11 AC Wifi, Thunderbolt 2 port, comes with Mavericks installed and has up to nine hours of battery life even with the Haswell chip inside with Intel Iris making it 90% faster than the last generation. It is now available in the US starting at $1,299.
The 15 inch is also available with laregly the same specs but only 8 hours projected battery life. There’s also the option to get a model with GeForce GT discrete graphics. It is powered by an Intel Crystalwell chip with Iris Pro graphics.
The new Mac Pro was also announced with next-gen Intel Xeon e5 at four, six, eight or 12 cores, 1866MHz DDR inside with an AMD FirePro and dual 384-bit memory buses and up to 12GB of GDDR5 DRAM. Storage is flash based at up to 1TB and cam be expanded via Thunderbolt 2. It allows for up to three 4K displays to be plugged into it, and has HDMI 4.1 for HDTVs; has four USB 3 ports; six ThunderBolt 2 ports as well. It is also very quiet apparently, and uses 70% less energy than the previous generation. Price starts at $2,999 and will be made available in December.