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As it happened: Apple's iPad launch

Coverage from Apple's launch event this evening.


  • 'We still have a lot to cover'. Source: Apple.com 
    by James Vincent

    So, that's it for the announcements today. Not too many surprise but some very nice updates across the board for tablets and laptops. The biggest news (but perhaps not the most exciting) is that the latest version of Apple's operating system, OS X Mavericks, will be available as a free update. 

    Here's the headline news from the event:

    • OS X Mavericks is free - updates work all the way back to 2007 devices and can be downloaded from the App Store
    • New iPad is called the iPad Air - M7 and A7 chip onboard, 20 per cent lighter than previous generation - prices start from $499 and it'll hit stores on November 1st.
    • iPad mini adds Retina display with $399 price tag also launching on November 1st; the original iPad mini will stay in the lineup with the price dropping down to $299.
    • MacBook Pros with Haswell chips on sale from today - 13'' model starts at $1299. $1999 for the 15''
    • Mac Pro prices starts at $2999 though no shipping date
    • Updates coming to iLife and iWork software - all for free and downloadable from today
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