Words by: John Cartwright
At their event on Tuesday 22 October, Apple announced new iPads and MacBooks. The new full-size iPad (now called the iPad Air) is thinner and has a new design similar to the iPad mini along with the new faster 64-bit processor found in the iPhone 5s that Apple released a few months ago. It will be released on 1st November and prices start at £399.
The new iPad mini also has these updated internals, in addition to a new high-resolution ‘Retina’ display which is designed to give a much crisper and sharper picture than the earlier model. This will be released in late November and prices start at £319.
Apple also took the opportunity to launch the latest version of their Mac OS X desktop operating system, Mavericks. This includes new features such as a revamped Finder file browser with tabs and easy to access file tagging, iCloud Keychain which syncs your passwords with your iPhone, and improved multi-monitor support. Mavericks is free in the Mac App Store.
Speaking of Macs, Apple unveiled some new MacBook Pros. These include the super-high resolution ‘Retina’ displays seen on earlier models but also have new Intel Haswell processors which are already found in the MacBook Airs. While the new processors give a welcome performance boost, they also up the battery life to 9 hours on the 13 inch model and 8 hours on the 15 inch. The 13 inch model is thinner at 1.8cm and lighter at 1.5kg. They are out now and prices start at £1099 for the 13 inch models and £1699 for the 15 inch models.
The frequently neglected professional Mac Pro desktop also got a major refresh. Along with a bold new design the new Mac Pros feature Intel Xeon processors, AMD FirePro D300 graphics and an intimidating price point to match; the Mac Pro pricing starts at £2499 and increases quickly. They are available from December.
Apple also revamped their iLife (iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand) and iWork (Pages, Keynote and Numbers) software packages. The user interfaces have been revamped, particularly in the iOS versions of the apps to better match up with the new iOS 7 look. They are free to anyone buying a new iOS device or Mac. There is also a free web version of iWork for anyone with an iCloud account.