10 highlights from the Apple announcement

Turns out apple did still have a lot to cover.

Apple did still have a lot to cover

As promised, Apple had plenty to cover Tuesday during its big announcement, including information on OS X Mavericks, two new Macbook Pros, the Mac Pro, updated apps and new iPads. Here is what you missed and what you need to know. 

OS X Mavericks is free!

After discussing recent accomplishments, Apple execs got right down to business showing off the much-anticipated OS X Mavericks. After recapping many of the new features of Apple’s latest OS, such as Finder tags and tabs, Notifications, Calendar and Maps, Apple announced that Mavericks is available today for free to users of Snow Leopard and later.   

Related: How to get your Mac ready for OS X Mavericks

13-in. MacBook Pro: Faster and cheaper

Apple’s new 13-in. MacBook Pro, which has up to a 9 hour battery life and 3x faster Wi-Fi, will start at $1299, $200 less than its last iteration. It comes with the Intel Haswell chip, an Intel Iris graphics processor and Thunderbolt 2. It weighs 3.46 pounds and is 0.71 inches thick. It is also available today.

15-in. MacBook Pro: Also faster and cheaper

The 15-in. inch MacBook Pro has many of the same updates that the smaller model, although it does swap the Haswell chip out for the faster CrystalWell processor and gets PCIe flash storage. It is also 0.71 inches thick and weighs 4.46 pounds. It has up to eight hours of battery life and starts at $1999 -- also $200 less than the previous model. It is available today.


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Mac Pro: Lots of updates

The new Mac Pro, which will go on sale in December for $2999, has a lot of features Apple execs talked about. The cylindrical device is much smaller than the last model and Apple says it has twice the performance and is 70% more efficient. And it’s quiet; Apple’s goal was to make it as silent as the Mac Mini.  

Mac Pro: Next-generation Xeon chip

The new Mac Pro comes with the Intel Xeon E5 chip and is available with 4, 6, 8 or 12 cores of processing power. It has up to 30MB of L3 cache and 40 lanes of PCI express gen 3 bandwidth. (That means it is fast.)

Mac Pro: Next-generation flash

The Mac Pro comes with the next generation PCIe-based flash storage. 

More freebies: iLife and iWork

iLife got a lot of new features also, including the integration of apps like iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand on iOS devices. All of the apps got a new look and have iCloud built in, so changes are saved across your devices.

The iWork apps -- Pages, Numbers and Keynote – also received updates. You can now easily use them across your devices to get your work done seamlessly. Best of all, the updates are free today for anyone with a Mac or iOS device. 

Introducing the iPad Air

Finally we get to Apple’s new iPad Air, a full-sized iPad touted as Apple’s “biggest step yet.” It is thinner and lighter than previous versions, weighing in at only one pound and measuring 7.5 mm thick. It comes with the same A7 chip as the iPhone 5S as well as the M7 coprocessor. Apple said that it has better Wi-Fi throughout than previous models and more LTE coverage worldwide. It starts at $499 and goes on sale Nov. 1.

The iPad Mini Retina

The iPad Mini, which is will be available later in November, gets a Retina display with 2048 x 1536 pixels, and the A7 chip. It delivers an estimated 10 hours of battery life and starts at $399. 

Reduced prices on previous models

With the updates to the iPad Air and the iPad Mini, the older iPad Mini is now $299, making it the first time you could buy a new iPad for under $300. The older iPad 2 soldiers on at $399.

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Here is a recap of the event from our some of our Apple experts.