Apple announces hardware and software for holiday season

LOUIS BALZANI
STAFF WRITER

Apple announced updates to some of its most popular products including refreshed versions of existing computers and major updates to some of its software products.
In terms of software, the company showed off the final version of Mac OS X Mavericks, the latest version of its desktop operating system.
It is a major release for laptop owners and power users, with advanced power management features and several general usability updates.
Mavericks is currently available to download from the Mac App Store for free, and it will run on any Mac that supports OS X Mountain Lion.
In addition, Apple updated its iLife and iWork suites to be fully compatible with iOS 7 and iCloud. Those software suites will also be free on any new Mac or iOS device. In terms of hardware, the company refreshed its MacBook Pro with Retina Display laptop computers.
Both the 13-inch and 15-inch versions now feature Intel’s fourth-generation Core processors as well as additional storage options and lower prices across the board.
The older 15-inch MacBook Pro with an optical drive has been quietly discontinued, and although the 13-inch model remains available, its days are likely numbered as well.
The radically redesigned MacBook Pro also received an official launch date of sometime in December and a starting price of $2,999.
Apple’s entire iPad lineup was refreshed as well. The 10-inch iPad was renamed the iPad Air, and it now features a thinner, lighter design that mirrors that of the iPad mini.
Its internal hardware was upgraded to include the new 64-bit A7 processor, and the tablet will go on sale in early November for the same starting price of $499.
In addition, Apple elected to keep the iPad 2 available at its $399 price point. The iPad mini was updated to include the same A7 processor, and it now features a Retina display with the same resolution as the iPad Air.
It will also go on sale with the most expensive starting price being $399, although the original iPad mini will also be available at a lower starting price of $299.

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louis.balzani@scranton.edu

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