Free!

So, let’s try to sum up what Apple announced yesterday…

To my mind the biggest news is that Apple is moving to a model where software is free for everyone who wants to upgrade, and everyone who buys new stuff.
I’m thinking this is, in part, due to the fact that lots of people are holding on to their old software and Apple wants everyone on the same page. It’s crazy to think that Mavericks will run on iMacs from 2007…that’s six year old hardware. Try that with Windows 8.1.

The iOS App Store now has over 1 million apps.

iOS 7.0.3 now supports iCloud keychain. iLife, and iWork have been completely rewritten in 64-bit code, both for iOS and OS X. iTunes now has a 64-bit foundation for PC users too.

OS X Server has also been updated, as have iBooks Author, Remote Desktop, Xcode, etc.

Anyhow, almost all major apps Apple makes for iOS and OS X have received a substantial update. Even Aperture got a point update to 3.5. I haven’t checked it out yet, but it sounds like it’s the smallest update compared to the other apps, which is unfortunate, as I do a lot of photography and Aperture is my tool of choice for RAW editing and storage. I may have to look at Lightroom.

As far as hardware is concerned, nothing surprising came up yesterday, besides maybe the pricing of the new Mac Pro which starts at USD 2.999.
The 9,7″ iPad is now called iPad Air and looks a lot like the iPad Mini in a bigger form factor. It is much thinner and lighter than the iPad 3/4, which was discontinued yesterday. It will be available in a huge amount of countries on Nov. 1st.
The iPad Mini now comes in two flavors: Regular (read: last year’s model), and Retina. What’s rally interesting is that Apple chose the same resolution for the iPad Mini Retina as it did for the iPad Air, which makes the Mini the display in Apple’s lineup with the higher DPI. I will have to check that out when it comes out in late November. This later shipping date is in line with reports from earlier in the week that the yield of this display is not as high as Apple would like to see it.

The MacBook Pro 13″ is now thinner and has Intel’s Iris Pro graphics. It’s 15″ brother now uses Intel’s Crystalwell graphics, presumably even better. They start at USD 1.299, and USD 1.999 respectively, which is also a drop in price of 200 dollars.
The 13″ MacBook Pro received, just like all Macs, an update to Haswell processors, but the 15″ model go axed. Interesting…
I wonder when iMacs will go Retina. Well, depending on your eyesight they already are unless you have 20/20 vision, in which case they aren’t – but the 27″ model comes close.

Also interesting is the fact that Apple chose not to supplement the new Mac Pro with a new 4k display. The machine supports up to three 4k displays, and I find it curious that Apple would not offer one. The market for this machine is not money-concious, so it should be a no brainer to release a display which can show that many pixels…well, maybe in time for the shipping of the Mac Pro in December.

All in all, I think they really did have a lot to cover.

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