Mavericks – Apple’s new Operating System was released, with the most immersive features under the hood in my opinion. Memory management is addressed, as well as the way the OS handles multiple displays. Multiple display act independently of each other, so now you can run an application full screen and still have access to the other display, which is very nice if you want to work in full screen and still multi-task between apps. Another cool addition is the new Keychain. This will remember all of your passwords across all of your devices. Also included in Mavericks is iBooks as well as Maps. The big shock or this announcement was that the update was FREE! Which may be considered as a shot across Microsofts bow, basically saying the days of licensing an OS are over. In fact during the presentation, they compared the price of Windows 8 at $199 to Apple Mavericks of free.
MacBook Pros – Now both the 13” and 15” MacBook Pro’s have the Retina display, Forth generation duel and quad core processors, 802.11 AC wireless with Thunderbolt 2. Once again, Apple hits it out of the park with battery life. The 13” MacBook Pro gets 9 hours of battery life, while the 15” MacBook Pro gets up to 8 hours of battery life. Both are very respectable. The new MacBook Pros ship with Mavericks as well as BOTH the iWork and iLife suites.
iLife – iLife has a totally new look and feel. iLife consist of iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand, all of which have been tuned for use with Mavericks. All are 64 Bit applications which will now let them take advantage of the 64 Bit architecture making the applications run and scroll more smoothly than ever before. The GarageBand update was the one that was demonstrated. GarageBand has a new feature (Drummer) that ill add a session drummer to your recording. You can “tune” the drummer to your needs. Once again iLife is free with all new Macs.
iWork – For the first time iWork has been made available for free with the purchase of a new Mac. iWork consists of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. Also for the first time iWork offers the ability to collaborate with someone else on a project via the Internet. The new Pages application is very nice. (In fact, it is what this article is being written in.) The UI is what you expect to come out of Cupertino. It is really powerful, yet simplistic. The controls are located in a sidebar and out of your way. I am really enjoying working with Pages. Once again, this will be included with every new Mac.
iPad – This is what the keynote was supposed to be about. The new iPad, or the iPad Air as it is now called. iPad Air boasts the retina display aOne of the reasons for this is that the iPad Air only weighs one pound. Making it 28% lighter and 20% thinner. It also has the new A7 chip and M7 Co-Processor that made its debut in the iPhone 5S. With all of the size reductions the iPad Air still has the 10 hours of battery life that you have come to expect form an iPad.
iPad Mini – Also saw a refresh. With a 7.9 inch Retina display, the iPad Mini boasts a 2048×1536 resolution, with 326 pixels per inch. iPad mini like its larger brother also has the A7 chip taking advantage of 64 bit architecture, also with a 10 hour battery life.
The bottom line: It is almost as if Apple held everything until the end of the year to release everything at one time. I am really looking forward to digging into some of these new apps, and doing a review on some of them as soon as possible.