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Summary: Apple unveils slew of new iPads, MacBooks, Mac Pro, and apps

Dan Miller | Oct. 24, 2013
We take a look at the iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina screen, the updated line of Retina MacBook Pros and the new Mac Pro.

The new mini gets some upgrades on the inside, too, including Apple's 64-bit A7 processor. Apple claims the new processor makes the Retina iPad mini up to four times as fast as its predecessor for processor-intensive tasks, and up to eight times faster for graphics-intensive ones. Like the new iPad Air, the iPad mini with Retina Display also features Apple's M7 motion coprocessor. The new mini also gains the same upgraded Wi-Fi and camera improvements as the iPad Air.

The iPad mini with Retina Display will be available in silver/white or space gray/black "later in November," according to Apple. The Wi-Fi versions will cost $399 for 16GB, $499 for 32GB, $599 for 64GB, or $699 for 128GB—a first in that capacity for the iPad mini. Cellular versions add $130 to each: $529, $629, $749, or $829, respectively.

Apple is also keeping around the original iPad mini as a lower-priced option: The 16GB Wi-Fi iPad mini is now priced at $299 (down from $329), while the Wi-Fi + Cellular version will retail for $429. It's also available in space gray or silver, rather than the original black and white.

Mac Pro
Power Mac users also got an early holiday present at Tuesday's event: Apple announced that the much-anticipated new Mac Pro will ship in December—previously, the company had said only that it'd be available "this year."

When available, the base $2999 configuration will include an Intel 3.7GHz Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of flash storage, and two AMD FirePro D300 GPUs (capable of supporting up to three 4K displays). There will also be a $3999 model, which has a 6-core 3.5GHz Xeon E5 processor, 16GB of RAM, 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage, and two AMD FirePro D500 GPUs.

As we've reported previously, the new Mac Pro comes in a sleek cylindrical case, about 10 inches high. Unfortunately, that case has no room for expansion with PCI cards or internal storage devices. Users of the new power machine will have to rely on the machine's six Thunderbolt 2 ports and four USB 3 ports to connect peripherals or upgrade the storage.

Retina MacBook Pro
Apple also used Tuesday's event to reveal updated versions of the Retina MacBook Pro.

The new entry-level $1299 13-inch Retina MacBook has a 2.4GHz dual-core Core i5 processor and comes with 4GB of RAM, integrated Intel Iris Graphics, and 128GB of flash storage. It's a bit lighter (0.11 ounces) and thinner (0.04 inches) than the previous 13-inch model. The $1299 price tag is $200 less than what Apple charged for the previous generations's entry-level MBP.

There are two upgrade configurations: A $1499 model has the same CPU, but comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash storage. The $1799 model has a 2.6GHz dual-core Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of flash storage.

 

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