Tech Talk Tuesday: iPad Air

Updated: Tuesday, October 22 2013, 03:43 PM MDT
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iPad Air, iWork, and OS X Mavericks, oh my!  Apple is at it again! Sorry Android lovers, but until KitKat comes out, you’re stuck hearing all about the new techie stuff coming to a Apple store near you. Oh the horror!



Like I said last week, Halloween has become frightfully filled with tech and Apple is coming out like Freddy Krueger haunting the competition every time they fall asleep.  It was a little over a month ago they released the iOS 7 and iPhone 5c/s.  Now they are coming out swinging with their new announcements.  Buckle up as we are going to blaze through the keynote address.  I’m also going to glaze over all the technical babble as you can get all of that from Apple’s website.  

Let’s start with all the hardware announcements.  Two new Mac BookPros, a new iPad called iPad Air, iPad mini, and Mac Pro are all here to make you hate what you have now.  To me, nothing in this category stood out as impressive except the Mac Pro.  Everything was faster, lighter, performed better, and lasted longer than the last offering.  The new iPad was so much lighter and faster that it got a new name, “iPad Air.”  Don’t get me wrong, the new hardware is great, but being faster and lighter is something I expect in a new offering and Apple hits the nail on the head every time.  Now, the new Mac Pro on the other hand is a totally new redesign.  Yes, it’s smaller, lighter, faster, but this machine is the flagship computer for Apple and they made this thing stand out.  Only the elite of computer users are going to understand, need, or can offer the horsepower this thing is offering.  It is a beast of a machine.  I want one- end of story. 


Software made a hit.  OS X Mavericks, iWorks, and iLife all had new features that made debuts.  All of them had significant upgrades that uniforms all Apple products together.  iWorks products now are the same on iOS devices as on Mac computers.  iLife apps are now optimized to work even better in OS X Mavericks.  iCloud now becomes the unspoken hub for linking your computer life with your iOS life making it one big happy family.  All in all, I’d say Apple had a really nice update in this category.

The biggest news to me that came out of this announcement, was not the hardware or the software, it was what Apple did to give it to us.  I’ve never heard the word “free” more times on a stage then I did in this keynote address.  OS X Mavericks is free!  Free!  As long as you can access the app store on your computer you can upgrade for free.  That is unheard of for any hardware/software developer.  That’s like Window’s giving Window’s 8 for free.  That would never happen yet Apple didn’t flinch when saying it.  And they didn’t stop there!  They are giving away the new updates for iWork and iLife for free with any purchase of any of their new devices.  Ok, that’s not totally free, but still most companies would still charge on top of getting a new computer.  

If you walk away with anything from this article, I hope it’s this, Apple offering all of their software updates for free is unbelievably awesome! That does it for this episode of Tech Talk Tuesday.  As always we would love your feedback/suggestions for this or our next edition, so feel free to send your comments to our resident Tech Guy Lonnie Valencia.

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