Highlights from Apple’s event : everything you need to know

apple-1Apple hosted its iPad centric event in San Francisco on Tuesday. Just like last year, it was available for live streaming around the world. For those who missed it, here’s everything you need to know about what Apple showed off yesterday.

The company unveiled its new, thinner, lighter and faster full-sized iPad that seemed to have taken design cues from its early product iPad mini which has also got revamped with a higher-resolution retina display.

In addition to the iPad news, Apple has also launched its new Macbook Pro laptops, and announced the availability of its latest operating system OSX Mavericks as a free download.

The new iPads

The new iPad Air, at 7.5mm, is 20% thinner than its predecessor. Weighing only 1 pound, it offers an upgraded 64-bit A7 processor, like iPhone 5s, along with the M7 motion processor. It has 8x faster performance and 72x faster graphics performance, according to the company. Apple says the iPad Air will maintain 10 hours of battery life.

The iPad Air will be available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB models for Wi-Fi + Cellular both.

Apple’s very successful smaller tablet will also get some changes. Since it lacks the higher resolution of Apple’s Retina displays, which appears on the iPhone 5S and 5C, the full-size iPad, and a MacBook Pro – Apple has decided to add that feature in its iPad Mini. The new Mini now comes with a 2048 x 1536 resolution screen, the same as on iPad Air.

MacBook Pro and MacBook Pro Retina

Both MacBook Pro and MacBook Pro with Retina got refreshed, with new features. They are available from today and are priced at USD 1,299 for MacBook Pro 13” and USD 1,999 for MacBook Pro 13” with retina.

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They have also been updated with a new Haswell chip (fourth-generation Intel Core processor) which offers faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Where the new laptops offer a better speed with an  improved front camera, the USD 1,299 price tag however doesn’t buy much internal space, as with just 128GB of storage paired with 4GB of RAM, the users are likely to run out of space pretty quickly.

OS X Mavericks

Available for free from today, OS X Mavericks brings new features like Finder Tabs; Tags; enhanced multiple display support; updated native apps like Maps, iBooks and Safari browser; and iCloud keychain, among others. According to Apple, Mavericks allows an hour longer of web browsing and and around 90 minutes more of playing iTunes video.

Like its other events, Apple tried to brag a bit about its sales in this event as well. Under which, the company said that its iTunes Radio has over 20 Mn listeners who have listened to more than 1 Bn songs. Its App store now has over a million apps. Moreover, it claimed that over 200 Mn devices downloaded iOS 7 in just 5 days after its launch.

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