The Five Crucial Announcements From Apple's iPad Event
Posted: October 24, 2013 by Alex Chan
As it was expected and later on confirmed, Apple has staged another newsworthy event introducing several new products as well as a few updates to its software suite for personal computers, tablets, and smartphones.
You've probably come across a myriad of stories dissecting Apple's announcements, but here is a quick rundown of the five most crucial revelations:
Apple pulled back the curtain on a brand new 9.7-inch iPad, which is thinner and lighter than earlier models. Available only in space gray and silver, it won't boast the champagne hue of the iPhone 5s. However, it'll still sport the same A7 processing chip and M7 coprocessor as the golden colored iPhone. But unlike the rumors, it's lacking the phone's fingerprint sensor. As for the price, it starts at $499 for a 16GB, Wi-Fi only model.
Apple's mini tablet got a big screen push due to the addition of a Retina display. The 7.9-inch device has 2048 x 1536 resolution and the A7 chip, as well as it comes with 10 hours of battery life. For all eager buyers, it starts at a price of $399.
If you are ready to spend small fortune on a traditional PC, Apple has just rolled out its Mac Pro starting at a whopping $2,999. The key features included in that price are an Intel Xenon 5 Quad-Core processor and 4K display support, among other things.
The MacBook Pro has been improved, with thinner, lighter models boasting the new Intel Haswell chips. Plus, there is a price-cut for both the 13- and 15-inch models, now available at $1,299 and $1,999 respectively.
Apple used two words along with software at the event, i.e., "free" and "today" as the latest version of the Mac operating system called OS X Mavericks is available now for free. All of the interested users must be running OS X 10.6.8 or later in order to obtain the upgrade. As for the features, they include multiple display support, iBooks and Maps apps, along with upgraded notifications.