Apple Introduces iPad Air, iPad Mini with Retina Display and More

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2013-10-22 Print this article Print

The 13-inch also has flash storage that's 60 percent faster with 802.11ac WiFi. It runs Intel Haswell chips with Intel Irish Graphics—which make it up to 90 percent faster than the previous generation—and it has Thunderbolt 2 ports that are two times as fast as last year's.

The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is powered by an Intel Crystalwell chip with Iris Pro graphics and has the option of GeForce GT discrete graphics. Battery life is eight hours.

Both are available immediately. The 13-inch MacBook Pro, with a 2.4GHz dual-core i5, 4G of DRAM, Iris graphics and 128GB solid-state drive (SSD), starts at $1,299.

The 15-inch, also $200 less expensive than the last generation, starts at $1,999.

New Apple Mac Pro

The newest Mac Pro—the black cylinder that instantly elicits Darth Vader and Dyson vacuum jokes—features next-generation Intel Xeon quad-, 6-, 8- or 12-core processors, up to 30MB of L3 cache and 40 lanes of PCI Express. It uses 70 percent less energy than the previous model, was designed in California and assembled in the U.S., and will arrive in December.

Apple showed videos of professionals—filmmakers, a National Geographic photographer, Lady Gaga's music producer—gushing over the Mac Pro, saying how it speeds up their work "exponentially" and is shockingly quiet.

With a 3.7GHz quad-core Xeon processor, 12GB of DRAM, dual FirePro D300, 2GB VRAM each and a 256GB SSD, the Mac Pro starts at $2,999.

OS Mavericks, New Productivity Apps

Apple's 10th major OS release not only departs from its big-cats theme in favor of beautiful spots in California (Mavericks is a world-renowned surf break), but is "the world's most advanced desktop operating system," per Apple, and now available free in the Mac App store.

Among its 200 updates are the inclusion of Maps and iBooks—new to the desktop—a new version of Safari and efficiencies that in some cases can improve the battery life of older MacBooks by an hour, according to Apple.

Apple also updated its iWork productivity apps and iLife creativity apps. All have been updated to 64-bit, are integrated with iCloud and are now free with the purchase of a new Mac or iOS device.

"This is the biggest day for apps in Apple's history," said Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "These new versions deliver seamless experiences across devices that you can't find anywhere else."

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