MacMost Now 934: Mavericks, iPad Air, Mac Pro and More

Apple announced new products including the iPad Air, which replaces the iPad. They released Mac OS X Mavericks and make it a free upgrade. They also released new versions of Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto, GarageBand and iMovie. New hardware includes cheaper MacBook Pros and an update on the Mac Pro.

Video Transcript
Hi this is Gary with MacMost Now. Let's take a look all of today's Apple announcements.

So we got a lot of new products today. Some we expected and some we didn't. So let's start off by looking at the Mac and the release of Mavericks.

We all expected there to be something today about the release of Mavericks. Either it would be released today or later this week. It turned out to be today! But the big surprise is that not only is it today but it is free. So Apple went from the $100+ update to $10 update to now Mavericks is free. You can actually even have Snow Leopard and upgrade all the way to Mavericks with the Mac App Store and do it for free. So that will be available sometime today, perhaps by the time you see this, at the Mac App Store for you to update.

Now free seemed to be a theme today because Apple also announced updates for all of what were formerly known as iLife and iWork apps. So were are talking about iMovie, iPhoto, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. Apple announced updates for all of those for both Mac and for iOS and announced that they are now free apps. So you will be able to download from the Mac App Store and from the iTunes iOS store for free.

There are some new looks, new features, things that we are going to have to look into over the next few days as people play around with these new apps. Also iWork for iCloud which are versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on the web, there are going to be new features there too including collaboration features as well.

Now on the Mac hardware side Apple announced new MacBook Pros. Not only do these have slightly newer specs but also they have price drops. So now the lower end 13" starts at $1299 and the higher end 15" MacBook Pro starts at $1999.

Apple also finally announced pricing for the new Mac Pro and gave us a release window of December. The new Mac Pro will start at $3000 and that's with a quad core processor and all the basics. I'm sure it will go up quite a bit from there. We will probably see more detailed pricing in the Apple Store website sometime between now and then.

Finally, on the iPad side as expected we have new iPads. One of the things expected was that the iPad Mini will now have retina display and it does and a little bit of a price increase to go with that. So it is going to be $400 for the iPad Mini with the retina display.

Apple is going to keep the older iPad Mini around at $300. So you can get non-retina iPad mini with the previous processor in it for $300. For $400 you can get the new one with the retina display and also the A7 chip. That is the same chip that is in the new iPhone.

In addition, the new iPad is going to have the A7 chip in it as well but what is the big surprise is the change of name. Instead of the 5th generation iPad or just continuing to be called the iPad it is now going to be called iPad Air to go along with the new thinner design.

These new iPads, well the iPad Air will be available starting November 1st which I am sure there will be a launch at the Apple stores. The iPad Mini, the new one with the retina display, will be available later in the month of November.

Also the iPads are going to come in colors now. You are going to be able to get the light colored one, the silver/white one, or the dark colored space gray/black one. So you have even more options now. And you have the option as just before to get say LTE with them and different memory levels as well.

I am going to keep this short so if you are looking for details just go to Apple's website. They will have all the tech specs for all these things up there and I am sure there will even be pre-ordering for the iPad at some point and ordering for the products that are available today such as the MacBook Pro.

Until next time this is Gary with MacMost Now.

Comments: 19 Responses to “MacMost Now 934: Mavericks, iPad Air, Mac Pro and More”

    10/23/13 @ 6:59 am

    Maverick : I have iPhoto 11, but when I want to update it asks for a price of 14l€ somethinf, so it is not free.

      10/24/13 @ 6:13 am

      Yes, I tried Pages….. There’s still a charge. Will it be coming off or DO we have to pay?

        10/24/13 @ 8:17 am

        You get it free with a new Mac, or a free upgrade if you purchased it before.

      10/26/13 @ 10:32 am

      I down loaded it and it was free.

    10/23/13 @ 8:26 am

    Good stuff, Gary

    Clear no crap report.

    Thank You


    Santo Messina
    10/24/13 @ 12:28 pm

    I thought last wwdc Maverick would be integrated with IOS, like AirDrop. I cannot get this to work between my MacPro & IPad

      10/24/13 @ 12:37 pm

      AirDrop is iOS to iOS or Mac to Mac, but not iOS to Mac. Two different concepts when it comes to file management. Apple has never said anything about ever having iOS to Mac AirDrop.

        Santo Messina
        10/24/13 @ 1:52 pm

        Thanks my bad

    Joe Allen
    10/25/13 @ 1:01 am

    Gary, I have been waiting a long time for an iMac with the Retina display. However, I am now learning that the Retina display is NOT a minor step for the iMac, because the Retina requires very expensive screen technology and very complex “screen drivers.” Consequently, at present, a Retina display would add about $400 bucks to the price of the small iMac and about $900 to the price of a large iMac. In other words, Apple figures the market for a Retina iMac would be very small at present.

    bill middlehurst
    10/25/13 @ 12:08 pm

    I have mountain lion installed on my iMac so thought i would start to download mavericks for free after a few moments i thought about my purchased software and would it still work (Compatible) so i thought best to stop the download and cancel it for a while but i can only pause it,is there any way i can cancel the download till i have checked things out. I found out about the free update via automatic updates
    Thanks for the great informative videos Gary

      10/25/13 @ 12:22 pm

      Pausing is all you need to do. Nothing will happen again until you start. Should only take you a short time to confirm that your software works. I haven’t heard of any major issues from major vendors.

        bill middlehurst
        10/26/13 @ 1:57 am

        Thanks Gary for your reply so would you recommend installing if i have no issues,would i get a clean install

          10/26/13 @ 6:25 am

          I always recommend that everyone use the latest versions of all software and operating systems.

    Daniel Gartin
    10/26/13 @ 10:19 am

    Nice,except now the iPad 4 isn’t sold anymore,Are you buying the new Mac Pro?,that would be cool

    Peter Eckle
    10/30/13 @ 4:49 pm

    I updated to OS X Maverick and now there seems to be no email sync between my IMac desktop and any other devices, e.g. IPad, IPhone. I use Google mail. If I am checking mail on my IPad or IPhone and I delete the email, it does not delete on the IMac. With Snow Leopard this was not an issue. How do I get these devices to work together when it comes to email?

      10/30/13 @ 5:07 pm

      There have been widely reported issues with using Google’s mail system and the Mail app in Mavericks. But most of it is due to it being “fixed” — Mac users had to set things up in special ways to get Gmail to work well before. Now those settings are not needed. Search for “mavericks gmail” and you’ll come up with tons of talk and things you can change.

    John C Stires
    11/2/13 @ 12:54 pm

    “Pages’ is still listed at $19.99 with a 2-star rating. I didn’t have it before Mav. Does that mean I would have to pay or is Apple still cleaning house vis-a–vis iLife, iWork?

      11/2/13 @ 1:45 pm

      It is free when you get a new Mac, or if you are upgrading the apps.

    John C Stires
    11/2/13 @ 1:49 pm

    Apparently iWork is free with new Macs and iOS7.
    Lots of scrolling issues reported (my experience too) w Mavericks

Comments Closed.