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The New iPad Air and Other Gadgets from Apple’s Keynote Today

Just moments ago Apple ended its Fall keynote with some major product announcements. There were little surprises as Apple released nearly everything that was rationally predicted. Here’s what is new:

new ipad air pricing chart

  • OS X Mavericks
  • iPad Air
    • Thin, light, fast. 64-bit A7 processor (same as iPhone 5s)Weighs 1 pound.
    • $499 16GB Wi-Fi version, $629 for cellular model
    • 9.7 inch Retina display
    • Available in silver/white/gray/black
    • 5MP camera
    • Dual microphones
    • No TouchID fingerprint sensor, or at least it wasn’t mentioned.
    • Available November 1st.
  • iPad Mini (2nd gen)
    • Now with a 7.9” Retina display
    • A7 processor (same as iPhone 5s)
    • $399 16GB Wi-Fi version (1st gen iPad Mini dropped to $299)
  • New iPad covers. Basic for $39, colored leather covers available for $69, smart-cases for $80.
  • No price change for the iPad 2, still $399
  • New versions of iLife and iWork
    • Apple claims iWork was completely re-written from scratch and can now compete with Google Docs. Comes free on any iOS or Mac device.
    • iLife consists of iPhoto, iMovie, and Garage Band. This is also free.
  • New model of the MacBook Pro
    • 13-inch = $1299 (basic model)
    • 15-inch = $1999 (basic model)
    • Available today online (in stores soon)
  • New Mac Pro (desktop)
    • Starting at $2999
    • Available with 4, 6, 8, or 12 core Intel Xeon E5 processor
    • Now assembled in the U.S.
    • Available December 2013.
    • Groovy cylinder shape that is very aesthetically pleasing.
New Mac Pro | photo via Slashgear

The new Mac Pro | photo via Slashgear

That sums up the event. Many are sure to be disappointed that Apple did not release a special keyboard or watch, but hopefully the 2nd gen iPad mini will hold over fans until the next big release.

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3 Responses to The New iPad Air and Other Gadgets from Apple’s Keynote Today

  1. ZeroFX October 22, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    The iPad 2 is still $399? What the hell is Apple thinking. And who in their right mind is going to pay full price for 4-year old hardware running on a completely outdated processor. It can’t even run IOS 7 without completely lagging out.

    • Steve Krause October 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

      Agreed. $399 is nuts for an iPad two. Android Nexus for the win there…

  2. Steve Krause October 22, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    What I find is the most interesting here is the Free upgraded to Maverick AND, the free iWork and iLife. Apple is pushing full bore to get into the market to compete with Google Apps and Microsoft O365.

    They have a long way to catch up that’s for sure. For the home, perhaps but for the business side, Apple has a long way to go especially given that its investment on the business side is and has been so shallow. Not a thread to MSFT or GOOG anytime soon.

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