Apple launches new iPad models, but buyers will have to wait
As expected, Apple launches new iPads, as well as Mac OS X Mavericks, and updated MacBook Pros
The Apple event today in San Francisco held no major surprises, other than ending without buyers being able to pre-order the new iPads previewed during the event.
Apple unveiled the new larger sized iPad, renaming it iPad Air as it is lighter, thinner and slightly smaller than the previous model. It will have the same price point and display resolution, but come packed with upgraded specs. It will be available November 1, but Apple is not accepting pre-orders.
Apple also showed off a new iPad mini, which will please those looking for an upgraded smaller tablet. The iPad mini will now come with a retina display with the same 2048 x 1536 resolution, making it easier for digital publication designers. From now on only retina display quality resolution will be considered acceptable.
Unfortunately, Apple has introduces a price hike for the mini, from $329 to $399. The new tablet may be worth the price due to its internals, but for those wondering if they want a larger tablet or smaller tablet, the mini seems overpriced, especially in comparison to the new Kindle Fire HDX.
Apple also announced that it has sold its 170 millionth iPad. Since Apple has sold 155 million at the end of the last quarter, this calculates to somewhere around 14 to 15 million iPads sold in the latest quarter – basically flat with the same quarter last year. As Apple has no new iPads to sell in either October or into November, sales for Q1 of the Apple’s new fiscal year may disappoint analysts, as well.
For those looking for instant gratification, the only thing to buy will actually be free: the new Mac OS X Mavericks will be free, as will new versions of iLife and iWork (with the purchase of new Macs or iOS devices).
No mention was made of a new version of iBooks Author, though it was said that 20 apps had been updated today. As of this post, the latest version remains 2.0.
A follow-up post can be expected later this afternoon as Apple releases its updates to the public.