We at AppleTell are continuing our preparations for Macworld/iWorld 2014 at the end of the month. For instance, Aaron Kraus and I are currently debating floating vs. pacific time in our shared iCal calendar for show floor meetings. No matter which setting we end up using, Ergotron will be on the list with their WorkFit workstations for desktop and laptop computers.
Macworld/iWorld Expo may still be three weeks away, but we’ve already got some new products to get excited about. Core Brands, LLC, has just announced it will demo the Korus V600 and Korus V400 wireless speakers designed for Apple gamers and video/music aficionados at the event, which takes place March 27-29 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
It’s no secret that Macworld / iWorld has grown considerably more “intimate” since Apple made its last appearance back in 2009. Since then it, it has shifted dates, locations, and focus. But is it still relevant? Around 175 vendors say yes, even if many who assured me last year that they’d return, aren’t.
MacTech’s BootCamp is back this year for round III. Newly updated topics include security, mobility management, and configuration, while the Office for Mac Accreditation has also been updated. Check out full details and make use of the discount AppleTell readers can get on the conference fees!
Can’t wait until the end of March to get together with the Apple faithful to talk apps? Then don’t. Renaissance—a three-day conference built around a fast-paced single track of sessions on the business, design, and technology of apps—is returning to San Francisco from January 29th through the 31st, bringing with it over 50 speakers and exhibitors.
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.