Apple’s long awaited October media event has come and gone, and now comes the wave of analysis on the features of the new iPad Air. Soon after that will come the reviews. However, this year’s iPad has to be looked at differently, because this is the first time the full-sized iPad has had its name changed, and the first time both the full-sized iPad and iPad mini have existed cohesively.
Apple is releasing the next generation iPad with a new name: the iPad Air. It has the same 9.7″ retina display with a 43% smaller bezel and is 20% thinner than the previous model. It weighs only 1.0 pounds compared to the current 1.4 pounds, which makes it the lightest tablet in the world. The iPad mini is also updated with a Retina display at the same 2048×1536 resolution as the iPad so you can use the same apps on both devices.
Apple has finally announced the long-rumored iPad mini 2 at their press event today. As it turns out, the new iPad mini is equipped with the 7.9-inch high-resolution Retina display boasting a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels with 326ppi, matching the resolution of the 9.7-inch iPad. The tablets are available in space gray and silver. However, the overall form factor of the tablet remains unchanged.
During their October 2013 media event today, Apple introduced a redesigned set of iWork and iLife applications. iWork on OS X and iOS, and iWork for iCloud, are all free with purchase of a Mac or iOS device, beginning today. That includes all previously purchased iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s devices, as well.
OS X Mavericks—the next version of Apple’s operating system—focuses on technologies, features, and apps. And it’s available today for free.
With Apple’s iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s already out around the world, Apple is now turning its attention towards the iPad and Mac lineups. During today’s media event, Apple demoed the redesigned Mac Pro it introduced during the company’s WWDC event in June. The new Mac Pro starts at $2,999 and is running a 3.7GHz Intel quad-core Xeon processor with 12GB DRAM, Dual FirePro D300 and 2GB VRAM each.
Apple’s Macbook line is now free of a CD drive, with the company introducing a new lineup of 13″ and 15″ Macbook Pros. This is the first time the 13″ is seeing the new Retina Display, though both of them have been updated with the new 4th-generation Haswell Dual-Core chips with Iris integrated graphics, which is 90% faster than the previous generation and brings the previous 7 hour battery life up to 9 hours. That is unprecedented for a Macbook that has so much processing power.
As expected, the online Apple Store is down for updates ahead of today’s media event at the Yerba Buena Arts Center in San Francisco. The company is expected to unveil the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2, and although we highly doubt the new devices will be available for pre-order or purchase today, it’s common for Apple to close the store to “put up the displays,” as it were.
Earlier today, Nokia offered a live web cast for their event taking place in Abu Dhabi, and it seems Apple is planning to do the same. The company has streamed events in the past (not last month’s iPhone event, however) and they’re set up to do the same today; several Apple TV users are reporting that Apple Events has returned to their devices.
Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities—an analyst with a decent track record of forecasting Apple products—has made his predictions about the Apple October media event and what we should expect. His predictions may shatter a lot of dreams, but the majority are in line with all the rumors we’ve seen in the past.
I would say the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 rumors started up the moment Apple concluded its September iPhone media event, but truth of the matter is they were running rampant well before that. Thankfully, everything will reach its conclusion on Tuesday, October 22nd, when Apple holds its second media event in two many months. To catch up on what you can expect, here our Apple October 2013 event rumor roundup.
It goes without saying that fall is my favorite time of the year. Crisp air, changing leaves, football, and multiple Apple media events. This time around, we’re going to be looking at the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 (hopefully with better names than that), and we’ll likely get a better look at OS X Mavericks. To learn about these items as they’re announced, join us for our Apple October 2013 event live blog.