OS X Mavericks

Apple releases OS X Mavericks

On Tuesday, Apple released the next major improvement to OS X- Mavericks. Notable new features include:

  • Improved battery life
  • Better multi-monitor support
  • Improved integration of Calendar.app(iCal) with Google Calendar
  • Improved integration of Contacts.app(Address Book) with Google
  • Improved Safari
  • OS X Mavericks Server is $20/server
  • OS X Mavericks Client is 100% FREE!

The last part is not a typo. Apple has decided that there should not be a cost for installing Mavericks on a workstation. OS X Server has a small fee.
I’ve been using Mavericks for several months, and am confident to install it on one or two users at each client to test with your unique application set, as well as your server(s). In fact, If you are a flat-rate client, I’ve already begun downloading Mavericks on your server to prepare for deployment.

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Apple announces updates on iPads

  • The iPad is now known as the iPad Air, and is faster, thinner, and lighter. It starts at $499 and will be available Nov 1st.
  • The iPad mini is now available with a Retina display, and is faster. It starts at $399 and will be available in November.
  • The original iPad Mini and the iPad 2 are both available as well for $299 and $399 respectively.

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Apple announces price drops, updates on MacBook Pros

Both the 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina display received speed and battery boosts, available today, with a base price drop of $200. All are available today.

  • The 13″ starts at $1299 for a 2.4 GHz i5, 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of Flash Storage, and a 9 hour battery.
  • The 15″ starts at $1999 for a 2.0 GHz i7, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of Flash Storage, and a 8 hour battery.
  • Apple still has a single non-flash based MacBook with an Optical Drive. It is 13″ 2.5 GHz i5, 4 GB of RAM, 500 GB HD, and a 7 hour battery for $1199.

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Apple announces price, release timeframe for Mac Pro

Apple showed a sneak peek at a stunning new Mac Pro in June, but left us without any information on release date or pricing. They remedied that today. The Mac Pro will be available in December, and they are currently listing these two specs:

  • $2,999- 3.7 GHz Quad-Core Xeon E5, Dual AMD FirePro D300 with 2 GB VRAM, 12 GB of RAM, and 256 GB of Flash Storage
  • $3,999- 3.5 GHz 6-Core Xeon E5, Dual AMD FirePro D500 with 3 GB VRAM, 16 GB of RAM, and 256 GB of Flash Storage

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