Apple has quietly released iOS version 7.0.3 for its iOS devices, bringing needed fixes to sensor controls and iMessage activation issues, as well as fixing some pesky security issues. iCloud Keychain has now returned in this update so that you can keep track of your accounts, passwords and valuable credit card information across your devices. The iOS 7.0.3 update is free and recommended.
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For those of you who have been holding off on getting an iPad Mini until it had a hi-res Display, your wait is finally over: Apple has officially introduced the new iPad Mini with Retina Display. In addition to a Retina Display, the new Mini now gets Apple’s A7 mobile processors; this means that iPad Mini owners will no longer have to suffer with slower performance. Of course, this higher-res display and faster performance comes at a price, as the new Mini will retail for $399, which is a $70 increase over the previous model–but the good news is that the previous Mini will remain in the lineup at a reduced price, starting at $299.
More as this develops…
We knew it was coming, and now it’s official: Apple has announced the new iPad Air–the lightest, full-size tablet in the world. 23% lighter than the last generation iPad and weighing only one pound, the new iPad Air features a new slim design, the A7 processor (as well as the M7 co-processor), with performance more than twice as fast as the previous model. The price of the new iPad Air remains the same as the previous model, starting at $499 for the 16GB WiFi model; Apple is also keeping the iPad 2 in the lineup, starting at $399.
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That price tag may seem high, but not for what you get in Apple’s new Mac Pro. Physically, the new Mac Pro is one-eighth the volume of the previous Mac Pro, featuring a Xeon E5 processor with up to 12 cores. Graphics feature AMD’s FirePro, and storage comes in the form of PCIe–which offers speeds faster than any conventional spinning hard drive. This new performance beast can support up to three 4K displays as well as HDMI 1.5, and Apple also revealed that new versions of Final Cut Pro X and Aperture will be coming alongside the new Mac Pro. Set to ship in December, this highly configurable Mac Pro will begin at $2999.
Let’s face it: We’ve come way too far to not see this through to the end!
With Apple’s media event only an hour away, make sure you keep it here for all of the news as it’s released. We know we’ll be seeing some new iPads announced, as well as the official debut of OS X Mavericks, but as for anything else being announced, your guess is as good as ours. Ok, maybe our guesses are a bit better, but that’s just because we’ve been doing this longer.
See you at 1!
Oh Apple, how you tease.
Waiting until the last minute to tip its hand, Apple has confirmed that they will be streaming today’s (what we assume to be iPad-centric) media even; the event can be viewed online (using OS X 10.6 or later), over iOS devices (using iOS 4.2 or later), and through Apple TV using the “Apple Events” channel (which has reappeared just in time for the event). Can’t watch the live stream? Fear not–we’ll have all of the Apple news you can handle as it happens starting at 1pm Eastern.
See you then!
Apple events are always big news, even when the announcements are somewhat expected. Apple has officially sent out invitations for a media event to take place at 1pm Eastern on October 22nd; the subject of the invitation? We still have a lot to cover...
While we’re all expecting to see new iPads, as well as the release of OS X Mavericks, perhaps Apple has a few surprises up its sleeve (hopefully in the form of the new Mac Pro we’re dying to get our hands on). Join us here next week as we bring you all of the latest Apple news, as it happens, with our live event coverage.
If you happen to live in one of the countries that has not yet received the iPhone 5s or 5c, fear not–they may be arriving sooner than you think. Apple has just announced that 25 more countries (including Russia, Spain and Italy) will be receiving the new devices on October 25th, with more countries being added (including Mexico) on November 1st. Curious to see if your country made the October 25th cut? Click past the jump for the full list and Apple’s official press release.
Apple is planning to leverage its new iTunes Radio service to help launch and premiere new albums. The recently launched service is said to enhance music discoverability; and in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Apple’s Eddie Cue indicated they have plans to use the service to launch new records. A new Justin Timberlake album was used as an example of an album that was premiered on iTunes Radio. Cue said: “It’s a huge improvement to do it on iTunes Radio because you don’t go to a store a lot. Hopefully lots of people will be listening to iTunes Radio a lot; from a discovery perspective it’s significantly better.” Cue also said, “I think when you go to a store and you go to the Justin Timberlake page and stream it from there, that’s great–but that means you went to the store. iTunes Radio lets you discover it without you having to think about it.”
3rd Generation Apple TVs are presenting a new configuration option this week: Tapping your iOS device against it for instant configuration. This appears to be an early integration of Bluetooth LE technology which allows for information to be passed from device to device using low-power Bluetooth; Apple TV also received an over-the-air software update, bringing MLS soccer and Disney Junior channels to the connected device. The Major League Soccer app will allow users to watch free on-demand video highlights, view player profiles, and get game analysis as well as advice for fantasy soccer. The Disney Junior channel is the third offering from Disney for the Apple TV. In order to watch content through this app, or any of the two other Disney apps, authentication through a participating cable provider is required. Check out the complete instructions here.