Its been a busy day for Apple and after taking care of the Mac and iWork Apple gave some love to the iPad announcing the latest updates to the iPad line with iPad AIr and iPad Mini with Retina Display. While the updates Apple did give these two iPads weren’t revolutionary and didn’t include cool features like Touch ID or come in gold, they do help make two of the best tablets out there today even better.
Let’s start with the new full size iPad, the iPad Air. As the Air part of the name would suggest, the latest iPad is much thinner and lighter than older iPads, while still being everything you’d expect of an iPad. It’s got a much faster A7 processor (as seen in the iPhone 5S), faster WiFi chips, a better FaceTime HD camera with dual mics for better audio capture while of course still keeping the same great 9.7 inch Retina Display, 10 hour battery life, and 5 megapixel camera found on the iPad 4. But again, the big thing with the iPad AIr is how much thinner and lighter it is. It’s 20% thinner and at just 1 pound 28% lighter than the iPad 3/4.
Considering how much is in here and how the iPad 2/3/4 weren’t too large already, getting even smaller and lighter without sacrificing anything is pretty incredible. Combine the thinner and lighter design with iOS 7 and free iWork and you’ve got a pretty solid laptop replacement for school.
The iPad Mini also got a pretty nice update today that was needed and expected. In particular it got a bump to a faster processor and Retina Display. The new iPad Mini with Retina Display keeps the same design as the old iPad Mini but adds all the same features the iPad Air has including the Retina Display, A7 processor and better FaceTime HD camera. Adding the new Retina Display and faster processor did cause the price on the Mini to go up a little though, as it now starts at $399 for the 16 GB WiFi version up from the $329 it cost for the 16 GB non-Retina Mini. Though while the Mini with Retina got a price increase, Apple will continue to sell the older iPad Mini for only $299 for the 16 GB WiFi version (down $30).
Both new iPads will come in WiFi or WiFi+4G LTE versions (all carriers will offer the new iPads, including Sprint and T-Mobile) in either white or “space grey.” Pricing and storage for the iPad Air is the same as it was for the iPad 4, so it starts at $499 for the 16 GB WiFi-only version and goes up from there (up to 128 GB WiFi+4G LTE Air for $929). The iPad Mini with Retina Display will start at $399 as we said above for the 16 GB and go up from there (up to $829 for the 128 GB WiFi+4G LTE Mini with Retina).
The iPad Air will be available on November 1st while the Mini with Retina Display will be available “later in November.” For more info check out Apple’s site for the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display.
Mavericks was only the one part of the big updates Apple announced today. The other was with iWork and iLife. iWork is Apple’s version of Microsoft Office with apps like Pages (Apple’s version of Word), Numbers (Excel) and Keynote (PowerPoint while iLife is Apple’s famous suite of creative apps like Garage Band, iMovie and iPhoto. All are solid apps but ones that haven’t been updated in a while. With the release of OS X Mavericks Apple finally updated these apps giving them some nice redesigns and new features like the ability to have everything your working on synced in iCloud so you can use it on any device (iOS, Mac or in the case of iWork, even Windows using iCloud.com). But most importantly Apple did something completely unexpected– they made iWork for OS X free with the purchase of any new Mac and iWork for iOS free with the purchase of any new iOS device.
Apple already made iWork, iPhoto and iMovie free for new iOS devices back at the new iPhone launch last month. Making iWork free for OS X is big for anyone looking to get a new MacBook Air or Pro. With iWork available as a free download you can be ready for work right when you get your new Mac for no extra cost. When you consider that the new Office 365 costs $79 a year (for 4 years with student discount, $99 a year after), iWork being free is all the more important. Apple has lowered the price gap between getting a Mac and getting a Windows PC. Whether you were getting a Mac or PC you were probably going to get Office too but the new iWork for many will be a more the suitable replacement at no extra cost compared to paying a minimum of $320 extra for Office over 4 years with a new PC.
The new iWork and iLife apps are available to download from the Mac and iOS App Stores.
At today’s big Apple event Apple took the wraps off a few big products. On the Mac front this meant new, thinner MacBook Pro with Retina Display’s running the latest Intel Haswell processors that have better battery life (up to 9 hours as opposed to 7 on the old models) and are faster, thinner and cheaper ($100 cheaper in the case of the 13 inch Pro, $200 in the case of the 15 inch version). But if you’ve already got a Mac what you’re gonna care about is this– Apple also today released their latest version of OS X called Mavericks as a free update. If you’ve got a Mac that can run Snow Leopard and has 2 GB of RAM (so a MacBook or MacBook Pro from 2007) you can get it for free today from the Mac App Store.
OS X Mavericks has many nice improvements like the ability to respond to iMessages right from the Notification Center as well as new apps like Maps and iBooks. Most importantly is how efficient Mavericks is. Not only will your Mac run faster, but Apple claims that just by installing Mavericks your Mac will get an extra hour of battery life. Yes, just by upgrading to this your Mac you’ll get faster and run longer. And since it’s free it’s even more of a must have.
Interested in seeing what Apple has to announce as it happens? Well you’re in luck. Apple has decided to stream todays big event on their website and you can watch it on Macs using Safari 4 (or later), Apple TV or on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch (as long as it’s running iOS 4.2 or later). Apple’s expected to show off a lot today including updates to the iPad and iPad Mini, MacBook Pro and Mac OS X.
We’ll have what you need to know wrapped up back here but if your interested in watching what happens live you can head on over to Apple’s site here. The event kicks off in a few minutes at around 1 PM EST/10 AM PST.
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While Apple released updates to the iPhone last month in the iPhone 5S and 5C they’ve been pretty quiet this year when it came to updating their other products like the iPad and the MacBook Pro. Well, just like it has been over the past few years Apple has scheduled one more big media event for next week, sending out invites this week saying that they have “a lot more to cover.”
So what can we expect? From the iPad side of things rumors are that Apple will introduce the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 with both coming in either space grey or white (like the iPhone 5S). Specs wise both are expected to get faster processors (A7 in the iPad 5, A6X in the Mini 2), better front and back cameras, and the iPad Mini is rumored to finally be getting a Retina Display to help it better keep up with the latest 7-8 inch Android tablets like the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX, Google Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. There are also rumors that Apple will bring the iPhone 5S’ new Touch ID fingerprint scanner over to the new iPads.
Are these the cases for the iPad 5?
The new iPads are expected to have slightly updated designs with iPad 5 getting a bit thinner along the sides of the screen as seen above in the leaked pictures from Sonny Dickson. Pricing and storage options for the new iPads are expected to be the same as they are today, with a release rumored to be in early November, just like last year.
On the Mac side things are equally interesting. Apple announced their big software update for OS X back in June called Mavericks and its expected to be released before the end of the month. While Mavericks has some of nice new features the biggest is that its much more efficient with your computer, so things will run faster and better. It is so much more efficient that it may even give your current MacBook a boost in battery life.
And while Mavericks is expected to work on most recent Macs running Mountain Lion (10.8), Apple is also expected to finally update the MacBook Pro with Retina Display to Intel’s new Haswell processors and introduce a MacBook Air with a Retina Display. Both would be very welcome updates giving the Air a much better screen and the Pro much longer battery life. We also wouldn’t be surprised if Apple used this event to kill off the old MacBook Pro with a DVD drive (it’s the last Mac that’s sold with a DVD drive and the Pro with Retina is clearly the future). Basically, if you’re looking for new MacBook or a new iPad you should wait a little bit longer.
Of course since we’re talking about Apple it is possible they will have some surprises (an “iWatch” or Apple’s competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Gear is a big rumor floating around). The event is next Tuesday and we’ll of course cover everything you’re gonna need to know back here.
Ever since the iPhone 5S came out two weeks ago it’s been nearly impossible to find. Stores sold out of the new high-end iPhone that same day, new shipments since then sell out almost as soon as they arrive, and online orders say not to expect the phone for a least a couple more weeks (or possibly months if you’re looking for the gold 5S). The online Apple Store isn’t even giving a date for when you can expect you’re iPhone to be delivered, saying the very general “October” as opposed to the usual, more specific 1-2 days or 2-3 weeks. These things are really hard to find.
Developer Mordy Tikotzky has a solution. He created a website called iPhone-Check that let’s you quickly and easily see if you’re local Apple Store has it in stock. And while many other places sell the 5S, Apple Stores usually are the ones that get the most stock in. All you have to do is enter your zip code, pick what color and carrier you want. That’s it. You’ll then see a list of the nearby Apple Stores with green checks of the sizes they have in stock and red Xs for the ones they don’t.
These phones are selling out really quickly so wherever you plan on going to we still recommend calling ahead to make sure they have it (or to see if they can possibly put one aside for you), but this is great, quick and easy way to find Apple Stores with the iPhone 5S in stock.
But good luck trying to find that gold one, no one seems to be able to keep any of them in stock.
The iPhone 5C went on pre-order last week, iOS 7 came out today and BBM hits the iPhone this weekend but for iPhone users the biggest thing to happen this week is the launch of the iPhone 5S this Friday. The 5S is the most fastest, most powerful iPhone yet with an even better camera and really cool fingerprint scanner called Touch ID and for many is the iPhone to upgrade to. Well, if the 5C isn’t for you and you’re ready to upgrade to the 5S here’s what you need to know to pick it up on launch day.
Unlike the 5C, there were no pre-orders for the 5S and rumors are that supply on Friday will be very low. There are rumors floating around that supply issues is why Apple didn’t put it up for pre-order, they want to make they had enough ready to go on launch day (note: Apple usually sells millions of iPhones during launch weekend and they probably have millions ready for the 5S they just wanted to be extra cautious here). Anyways, if you want that new 5S right away here’s where you can grab it.
It’s time. As expected Apple has made iOS 7 available to download right now. If you’ve got an iPhone (4, 4S or 5), iPad (2,3,4 and Mini) or 5th generation iPod touch then connect to WiFi and go to Settings–> General–> Software Update to grab the new software.
iOS 7 brings a lot of new things to make your old iDevice seem new again including new colorful icons, a better notification center and better multitasking, iTunes Radio (Apple’s version of Pandora that’s free to stream with ads), a new Photos app, and much improved Siri. It also brings Control Center, probably the most useful new feature that makes it much easier to do things like adjust brightness, turn off WiFi/Bluetooth and get to the flashlight just by swiping up from the bottom of your iPhone/iPad/iPod. For those looking for the full wrap up of everything the new iOS has to offer we’ve got all the details on what’s new here .
So get to downloading and let us know what you think.
With the new iPhone 5C and 5S hitting stores this Friday it’s easy to forget that a huge update is coming out to current iPhone owners today. That’s right today is the day iOS 7 comes to the iPhone (4,4S and 5), iPad (2,3,4 and Mini) and 5th generation iPod Touch.
Now while many expected it to be available at 12:01 AM, Apple rarely has released major updates at midnight and usual doesn’t release new updates until the early afternoon. iOS 5 and iOS 6 were both released at around 1 PM Eastern (10 AM for those on the West Coast), and we’d expect them to release iOS 7 around 1 PM this afternoon as well. The good news is that still gives you some time to backup your iPhone to iCloud or your computer before you do it.
Now for those not sure how to update it’s pretty simple. Just connect to WiFi on your iDevice and go to Settings, General, Software Update. It’ll download and install from there and you can also keep using your device while it’s downloading (you can also always connect your iPad/iPhone/iPod to iTunes on your computer and do it from there). Assuming you’re on a decent WiFi connection and Apple’s servers aren’t completely killed by the initial demand you should be able to download and have the update installed within a half hour. And while the update shouldn’t affect any pictures, apps or other things stored on your phone it’s probably a good idea to back it up first before you update just to be safe.
iOS 7 is a pretty major update for iOS and if you thought your current iPhone was looking a bit old this will definitely help make it feel a bit newer. For those who don’t know what’s so great about iOS 7, check out our earlier post about what’s new here.
As you’ve heard, this week Apple unveiled not one but two new iPhones, the long rumored iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. From all the rumors and leaks it seems that we’ve seen everything with these phones months ago but this week Apple made it all official.
Both the iPhone 5S and 5C go on sale next Friday (and the 5C is available for pre-order tomorrow), but to help you decide on which iPhone is right for you we’ve rounded up everything that’s new and what you need to know about in each phone below.