Apple's long in the tooth iWork productivity suite got a welcome update on Tuesday during the company's special media event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. The update is a rewrite for the Mac and iOS versions of Numbers, Keynote, and Pages and includes big interface improvements and 64-bit support.
SAN FRANCISCO - Apple announced the iPad Air on Tuesday, a thinner version of the company's flagship iPad that is powered by the 64-bit A7 processor that also powers the iPhone 5s. The device is thinner that the iPad 4, weighs only a pound, starts at the same price as the iPad 4, and will ship on November 1st. This article has been updated with additional specs.
Apple used its Tuesday morning media event to show off more than just OS X Mavericks and new MacBook Pro models. The company also introduced brand new versions of iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, all of which offer tighter iCloud integration.
SAN FRANCISCO - Apple announced on Tuesday that it will ship its new Mac Pro model in December with a starting price of US$2,999. The company made the announcement during the "We still have a lot to cover" media event. Updated with more specs and pricing information.
Along with OS X Mavericks, Apple unveiled new MacBook Pro models at its media event in San Francisco Tuesday morning. As expected, the new laptops sport Intel's Haswell processors, and also include improved graphics, 802.11ac WiFi support, and more.
While Apple was expected to announce the launch date for OS X Mavericks during its media event on Tuesday, the price was a surprise: free. Apple said Mavericks will be available for download today and no cost, and it will support computers as far back as the 2007 iMac and MacBook Pro.
Apple isn't the only company using Tuesday for big announcements. Microsoft introduced its new Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro tablets ahead of Apple's media event where new iPads are expected to be unveiled.
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If the Surface 2 gets as warm a reception from consumers as the original model did, getting lost in Apple's product announcements today may not be such a bad thing for Microsoft.
BlackBerry announced on Monday the launch of its popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service on iPhone and its relaunch on Android. BBM played a big role in the early growth of the BlackBerry platform, and it is now playing a role in BlackBerry's efforts to remain relevant in a highly competitive smartphone industry dominated by Google's Android and Apple's iPhone.
Apple launched a replacement program for the flash storage drives on some mid-2012 MacBook Air models. According to an Apple webpage explaining the program, the company has, "determined that certain 64GB and 128GB flash storage drives used in the previous generation of MacBook Air systems may fail."
Apple released MacBook Air Flash Storage Firmware Update 1.1 on Thursday, an update that fixes a data loss problem with mid 2012 MacBook air models.
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