Sober reflections on Apple's announcements

Shiny!

Shut up and give Tim your money.

After Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) event Tuesday, how has the dust settled? Do our favorite pundits like the new iPad Air? What about the 'free' software? And why all the animosity against Redmond allofasudden?

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers pick and choose.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

Sean Hollister is confused why the iPad 2 is still in the lineup:

[Next month] Apple will actually carry four different iPads...including, improbably, the two-and-a-half-year-old iPad 2. ... The problem is that the iPad 2 [is] woefully out of date. It's three generations behind the times, and it's far too expensive...it feels a little sluggish...doesn't have Siri...doesn't support AirDrop.

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For $299, the iPad mini still makes sense. ... But at $399, consumers have to pick between the iPad 2 and the new iPad mini...and that's not much of a choice.  MORE

Jonny Evans says there's more to it than meets the eye:

[The] recent product announcements...tell us a lot about the company's future intentions.

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A huge number of older iPads are in the hands of people who love them. ... iPad resale values remain high. ... These powerful tablets are more appealing to enterprise and creative customers. ... The best tablets available today, their 64-bit support means they will remain so until the next iPad upgrade. They'll sell millions.

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The move to offer Mavericks for free...places another pillar of superiority between Apple and Microsoft. ... Apple's decision to offer iLife and iWork for free with all new systems [is] a threat to Microsoft, but it also takes on Google and Google Docs.  MORE

Preston Gralla explains more:

Tim Cook and others reserved their biggest zingers for Microsoft... it was clear that Microsoft has become public enemy number one. ... Why is Apple putting Microsoft in its cross-hairs, while ignoring Google?

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It's clearly part of a strategy to target Microsoft. And the reason is simple: ... Tablet sales continue to eat into PC sales, and Apple is hoping to pick off many more people who might buy a tablet instead of a PC.

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As for Google, it's tough for Apple to criticize it on price, because so many Android tablets are available for much less money than iPads. And Google already gives away productivity suites, so there's nothing to criticize there.  MORE

Want to flog your old iPad? Nick Mediati has tips:

Amazon will take back your old iPad in return for an Amazon gift card. ... If you want cash instead...you can always sell your iPad through Amazon.

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Best Buy will take back your old iPad...in return for a Best Buy gift card.

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Gazelle will present you with three condition levels: Broken, Good, and Flawless. Choose [one] and Gazelle will tell you how much it will pay for your iPad.

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Glyde [is] a marketplace of sorts where you can easily sell your usable, nonbroken electronics. If...your iPad is too damaged to sell, Glyde will buy it from you outright and repair it to resell later.

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You also have a couple of old standbys at your disposal: eBay and Craigslist.  MORE

Meanwhile, Rodinka his this precis:

Oh look! Shiny object!!!!!!! Oh look! Incredible product... Mavericks, iPads MacBook Pros, and Apps! and a practically seamless download for free. And the already awesome OsX is so much more accessible, and clear to use! Somehow I didn't feel the Keynote was really about iPads at all!  MORE

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