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Apple Announces New Hardware & Software

Mark Dalton - Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Apple Media Event 22nd October 2013

Apple yesterday held its highly anticipated iPad & Mac Media event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. The event was live streamed via its Apple Events channel on the Apple TV and live blogged by every tech journalist alive and his cat. Here are the bits you need to know.

The New Hardware

A new iPad was expected and Apple didn't disappoint announcing the new thinner, lighter iPad Air with a 64-bit A7 Processor (the same one in the new iPhone 5s) together with a new generation iPad Mini with Retina Display.

The company also officially released the new Mac Pro which we were given a sneak peak of at the World Wide Developer Conference. Available in December, this is one serious bit of kit featuring Xeon Processors, Dual FirePro GPU's and PCIe Flash Storage.

Th Retina MacBook Pros also got an update with Haswell Processors and Faster PCIe Flash Storage for those that need serious power on the move.

The New Software

Apple also announced the latest version of its Mac Operating System, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks. 

Mavericks includes enhanced multiple-monitor support, big improvements to the notification Center, and an improved Finder, along with better power management and improved performance in Safari.

OS X Mavericks is available as a free, one-step download for all Mac users running Snow Leopard and above. [Direct Link]

Apple also announced new versions of both its iWork & iLife suites for both iOS and OS X, all with new features and all 64-bit for increased performance. Both iWork & iLife are free with the purchase of a new Mac or iOS device and are available today.

Other Bits.

1. Apple discontinued the 15" Non-Retina MacBook Pro but left the 13" version in the product lineup.
2. Apple Released an update to iOS taking it to version 7.0.3
3. Maximum capacity of the iPad Mini is bumped to 128GB
4. Apple updated Safari to 6.1 for Mountain Lion.
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