New iPads, Macs, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Apple had its media event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco on Tuesday, Oct 22. Here’s a rundown of the new and noteworthy:

iPad Air: the new 5th generation full-sized iPad,

  • Offered in the new colors Space Grey or Silver
  • Slimmer, lighter, and faster than its predecessors, with the A7 64-bit chip
  • Expanded LTE support to cover more high-speed networks across the globe
  • 5MP iSight Camera, new FaceTime HD camera
  • Wi-Fi only: 16GB – $499; 32GB – $599; 64GB – $699; 128GB – $799
  • Wi-Fi + Cellular: 16GB – $629; 32GB – $729; 64GB – $829; 128GB – $929
  • new covers and cases

iPad mini with Retina display: in new colors Space Grey and Silver. We have finally got a great mid-sized 7.9″ tablet with Retina display!

  • Much faster with the A7 64-bit chip: up to 4x faster CPU and 8x faster graphics
  • Expanded LTE support to cover more high-speed networks across the globe
  • 5MP iSight Camera, new FaceTime HD camera
  • Wi-Fi only: 16GB – $399; 32GB – $499; 64GB – $599; 128GB – $699
  • Wi-Fi + Cellular: 16GB – $529; 32GB – $629; 64GB – $729; 128GB – $829
  • iPad Mini original, now reduced in price, $299 for 16GB Wi-Fi model
  • new  covers and cases

Mac OS X 10.9 “Maverics:” Looks like we don’t have an incredibly different system, but one with some new bells and whistles. NOTE: Watch out for compatibility issues — it’s a good idea to make sure all of your critical applications are Maverics-compatible before you upgrade. You don’t want to find out after the fact that your productivity is stunted because you upgraded before a business-critical application was ready. Here is Apple’s info page on Mavericks.

  • Mavericks is a free one-step upgrade to users of Snow Leopard, Lion or Mountain Lion (Mac OS X 10.6-10.8)
  • Machines capable of running Mavericks are:
    • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
    • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
    • Xserve (Early 2009)
    • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
    • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
    • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
    • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • Better battery life for all machines capable of receiving the update
  • Compressed memory, allows better use of memory to run more applications without having the system slow down
  • Graphics: better graphics memory allocation. Image processing improvements.
  • Safari sports new features: shared links, new reader view, website Notifications
  • Notifications: you can respond in the notification pop-up. Also, you can now sign up for website notifications as well.
  • Finder now supports tags to help organize and retrieve documents
  • Multiple displays improvements
  • Maps application now on Mac OS X
  • iBooks application now on Mac OS X
  • iLife updates (iPhoto, Garage Band, iMovie) for Mac OS X, free with new hardware
  • iWork updates (Pages, Keynote, Numbers) for Mac OS X, free with new hardware
  • iCloud keychain: keeping your passwords and credit card information secure and accessible across all your devices
  • Calendar app, now is location aware, has driving times listed from previous appointments, maps app integration, weather.

New MacBook Pro 13″ and 15″: The MacBook Pro line has been refreshed, with some significant new improvements.

  • Now slimmer, faster, lighter, and more powerful
  • New Intel CPUs and Iris Graphics gives up to 90% faster graphics engine and faster, smarter core processing power
  • Improved battery life, up to 8 hrs (15″ rMBP) and 9 hrs (13″ rMBP) of battery life in iTunes video playback
  • Flash memory is now much faster
  • Thunderbolt 2 connectivity is much faster
  • Wi-Fi is improved and much faster, supporting 802.11ac standard
  • 13″ rMBP reduced in price to start at $1,299: 2.4GHz dual core i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Iris graphics.
  • 15″ rMBP reduced in price to start at $1,999: 2.0 GHz quad core i7, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Iris Pro graphics.
  • The entry level machine does not come with a discrete graphics card, which is a step down from previous models. One shouldn’t be getting the entry level machine anyway — if you are paying this much for machine, you should get an appropriate amount of storage and RAM, and a faster processor with a discrete graphics card (I counsel my clients to purchase the maximum available storage and RAM because neither are upgradeable).
  • A well-appointed new 15″ rMBP might be: 2.3GHz quad core i7 with NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M discrete graphics card with 2GB GDDR5 memory, 1TB PCIe-based Flash Storage (SSD), and AppleCare: USD$3,099 plus tax.

MacPro: The new Pro Desktop has been completely revamped, as was announced last month:

  • New design: cylindrical tower, thermal core at the center
  • Faster cores, busses, graphics, and cooling systems.
  • All flash-based storage
  • Lots of ports: 6 Thunderbolt 2, 4 USB 3.0, 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports, 1 HDMI 1.4 UltraHD port
  • Lots more features
  • Starting at USD$2,999 plus tax

iWork and iLife updated for iOS, Mac OS X, and iCloud.

  • new iPhoto that allows you to create iBooks on the iPad
  • iMovie redesigned and more powerful, for iOS and Mac OS X
  • Garageband: 32 tracks creation now possible
  • colaboration is now possible in iWork documents via iWork for iCloud, no iCloud account required, and compatible with any browser
  • Pages, Keynote and Numbers redesigned and updated

You can watch the full keynote here. Contact us here for a purchasing consultation to determine what hardware will best suit your needs!