The event started with Tim Cook entered the stage and started talking about the newly launched iPhones, the 5s and 5c. He also said that there are 9 Million iPhones sold as of last month since its availability. He also recapped the iOS 7 features and more importantly, emphasized about 200M devices have upgraded to iOS 7 in the first 5 days (including me, yay!). He also talks about the iTunes Radio and the stats show that: 20 million listeners and over a billion songs played since its launch. The App Store update has also made it to the topic as it reached 1 Million apps in the store, and its 60 billion cumulative downloads up to date.
OS X (Mavericks)
Craig F takes the stage and talks about OS X10.9 (Mavericks) and its 3 major focus areas: core technologies, features and apps. Users of Macs running OS X Snow Leopard and higher can download a free copy of Mavericks from the Mac App store. The new OS comes with over 200 new features including iBooks and Maps for Mac, a new version of the Safari web browser, enhanced multi-display support and Finder Tabs.
The 13″ MacBook Pro drops to 3.46lbs. and 0.71″ thin and is now with Retina display. Its new 4th generation Haswell Dual-Core chips improves the battery life up to 9 hours. It’s 90% faster than previous generated, obviously and here we have the Iris integrated graphics. This version comes in 3 configurations:
– 2.4GHz dual-core i5 base model with 4GB RAM, and a 128GB SSD ($1,299)
– 2.4GHz dual-core i5 model with 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD ($1,499)
– 2.6GHz dual-core i5 model with 8GB RAM and a 512GB SSD ($1,799)
The 15″ Macbook Pro, on the other hand, has the Intel Crystalwell chip quad-core i7 processor with Iris Pro Graphics, resulting to 90% faster than previous gen graphics. This unit also comes with GeForce GT 750M graphics card with 2GB memory available. This version comes in 2 configurations:
– 2.0GHz quad-core Intel core i7, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD ($1,999)
– 2.3GHz quad-core Intel core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD ($2,599)
So to speak, MacBook Air and Retina Macbook Pro are the newest models from their Notebook catalogs. “That’s our news on MacBook today.” — did anyone expect updates as well for the non-retina MBP?
Moving on, the new Mac Pro has been labelled as Apple’s “most radical Mac ever.” The previous generations had 8 fans, but this new one has only a single fan. The new Mac Pro will have the “Next-Generation Xeon” or the Intel Xeon E5 with quad, 6, 8 or 12-core designs, 30MB l3 cache, 40 lanes of PCI Express gen 3. It contains the fastest ECC memory, 1866MHz DDR3 ECC, quad-channel interface, up to 60GB/s of mem bandwidth, up to 64GB user accessible RAM. The quad-core model starts at US$2,999 while the 6-core model starts at $3,999.
iLife, iWork and more
The iLife has been updated, integrated with iCloud and brings the new version of iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand for iOS and MAC. The iPhoto has a brand new look on iOS, while the iMovie has a new UI that is cleaner, simpler and it’s more accessible for sharing and browsing videos. The GarageBand got a new feature called “Drummer” that is powered by real performances by actual musicians. Adding of new instruments or virtual drummers is available via in-app purchases.
Moving on to iWork, the apps: Pages, Numbers and Keynotes have been redesigned and updated for iOS7, while these 3 are completely re-written on the MAC. It contains brand new UI, cool updates and a lot more. Good news: iWork is completely free now!
iPad Air & Retina iPad Mini
The newest iPad is thinner, lighter, more powerful and it got a new name; that is the “iPad Air”. The new model has 9.7-inch retina display, smaller bezel, 7.5mm thick and weighs 1 pound; hailed as the lightest full sized tablet in the world. It is powered by an A7 chip, similar to the iPhone5s and promises to provide 8x faster performance and better graphics, as well as a better battery life. It also expands LTE support and some more upgrades such as the: 5MP iSight camera to have better optics, New FaceTime HD Camera with larger pixels and better backside illumination sensors and the dual microphones.
The only thing that’s missing on this new iPad is the Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner which is present at the iPhone 5s. Price starts at $499 for 16GB WiFi confirguation while $629 for the 16GB Cellular.
New iPad Mini? Yes! The new iPad Mini finally adapts the Retina display plus a “2048×1536” pixels (same as the iPad Air) but at 7.9″, powered by A7, 4x faster CPU than the first iPad Mini and got a 10-hour battery life. The new version has also 2x faster Wi-Fi with MIMO antennas with expanded LTE support and a FaceTime HD camera (same as the iPad Air). The new iPad Mini comes in silver/white and space grey/black, and price starts at $399 for the 16GB WiFi.
The old versions or models of the iPad and iPad Mini will be bought at its same prices, respectively.