You Can Now Relive Apple’s iPad Air / Retina iPad mini 2 Event Online
Apple’s much anticipated event today came to a close a few hours back, but left the blogosphere abuzz in its wake with news and views on all the great tech that the Cupertino-based company showcased, including OS X Mavericks, the new iPads, a fresh MacBook Pro, the behemoth that they call Mac Pro, along with software improvements like iWork and iLife. There was so much more that the event had to offer, and here, we’re going to provide a quick run down in case you missed the action earlier. The event is also available to stream online again, link for which is given at the end of this post.
The event kicked off with a quick overview of the reception that Apple’s latest smartphones, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, had received. They talked about the massive success of both devices, the iOS 7 reception that went great, as well as the new features that iTunes had to offer. Past that, things remained dedicated to the software side of things, with the first thing being OS X Mavericks.
OS X Mavericks
The new software boasts a much better focus on “fundamentally upgrading your hardware” which basically means that Apple has attempted to improve the device performance and durability using software enhancements. And if their claims are to be believed, they have done a pretty solid job. Several noticeable improvements include Dynamic VRAM, Core Animation Scrolling, Longer Lasting Battery, Memory Compression, and loads more. Mavericks is the future of personal computing operating systems, or so Apple said.
Next up was the new MacBook Pro lineup, with the first one being the 13-inch Pro – lighter and thinner – carrying a Haswell chip inside with Intel Iris graphics technology. It comes with PCIe-based flash storage, making read/write operations faster, and runs Mavericks out of the box. Second in line was the 15-inch Pro, with Iris Pro graphics and 4th-generation Crystalwell chip. Both Retina MacBook Pro 2013 models were announced to start shipping immediately.
Moving on, we saw the behemoth that we’ve come to know as simply Mac Pro 2013. The Star Wars inspired cylinder is more powerful than a lot of computers we’ve ever seen, and even though it was showcased briefly at WWDC, this time, its true potential was unleashed. The device will start retailing at $2999 and above.
Redesigned iLife and iWork for iOS and Mac
We then saw iLife being revealed, which is basically a combination of new and improved versions of iMovie, iPhoto and GarageBand, for both Mavericks and iOS 7, fully equipped to take advantage of the 64-bit architecture. The interesting element here was, again, the fact that they’ll be free with the purchase of any new Mac or iOS device. After iLife, we also saw iWork being redesigned to better match the iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks design and layout schema, and it all definitely appeared worth it. The all New iWork And iLife Apps For iOS And Mac Now Available [Download Links].
iPad Air and Retina iPad mini 2
Bringing the event to a close were the two new iPads that were unveiled. The first one was the iPad Air, named for its insanely light weight and thinness, and featuring an A7 64-bit chip with Motion coprocessor and pretty much all the niceties of the iPhone 5s. The second one was a much-deserved upgrade to the iPad mini, which pushes the resolution up to Retina levels. The bigger iPad will retail at $499, while iPad mini 2 will follow suit at $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model.
First-gen iPad mini also saw a price drop, and iPad 2 will still be available for purchase from Apple. More on this can be read here.