Posts Tagged ‘OSX Mavericks’

Apple took design cuesits smaller iPad mini and made the larger format tablet thinner and lighter, renaming it iPad Air. It also revamped the iPad mini with Retina display.

The new iPads have a number of small internal improvements which were seen in the recently launched iPhone 5S.

At an event in California US, on Tuesday, the company launched its new crop of products, including the two new iPads and Macbook Pro laptops, while also announcing the availability of its latest operating system OSX Mavericks as a free download.

The latest iPad Air and the new iPad mini with much-awaited Retina display come at a time when the Cupertino-based iPhone and iPad maker is facing a growing challengethe Google Android-based tabletsmanufacturersSamsung, LG and Asus.

However, given the pricing of the iPads, it is obvious Apple does not want to compete in non-premium tablet category as it does in the smartphone business with iPhones.

iPad Air is 20% thinner, 28% lighter and has 43% smaller bezels than last year’s iPad 4, which has curiously been stopped by Apple even as it will continue to sell the earlier generation iPads. The 9.7 inch iPad Air with Retina display resembles iPad mini a lot. It is 7.5mm thick and weighs 1 pound. Apple claimed it is the thinnest full-sized tablet in the world.

iPad Air uses the same 64-bit A7 chip and the M7 motion co-processor that was introduced recently with the iPhone 5S. It can open files and render graphics twice as fast as the iPad 4, while still promising the same 10-hour battery life.

The new model will hit the shelves on November 1 and come in Space Grey and Silver colours. It will be available at $499, $599, $699 and $799 for the 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB Wi-Fi models respectively. The Wi-Fi and 4G models will cost another $130 over and above that in case of each model.

iPad Air comes with a disappointing 5MP rear iSight camera, but a 1.2MP front-facing HD camera for FaceTime with improved backside illumination sensors features larger pixels for better low-light performance. It is powered by iOS 7, which is the latest version of the software and brings featuresrevamped search, notifications, control centre and the iCloud Keychain password manager.

Curiously, while Apple phased out last year’s iPad 4its portfolio, it has retained in its lineup the iPad 2, which was launched two years ago. The fourth-generation iPad was launched last October.

Apple also unveiled the new iPad mini with Retina display which was much-awaited. The Retina iPad mini has twice the screen resolution than the first model at 2048x1536p in the same 7.9-inch display. It also runs on the 64-bit A7 chipset, a huge upgrade over the A5 chip used in the previous version. The new iPad mini too will be launched in November and come in Silver and Space Grey colours.

The mini-tablet also runs iOS 7 and comes with the same 5MP iSight and 1.2MP front camera for FaceTime. The Retina iPad mini will cost $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 for 16GB Wi-Fi and 4G variant. The 32GB, 64GB and 128GB Wi-Fi models have been priced at $499, $599 and $699, while their respective Wi-Fi and cellular variants cost another $130 over and above for each model.

The company has also retained the iPad mini launched last year, but cut its price by $30,$329 to $299. Apple also showcased two covers for the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini priced at $69 and $79, respectively.

Both new iPads feature two antennas to support Multiple-In-Multiple-Out (MIMO) technology, bringing nearly twice the Wi-Fi performance with data rate possible of going up to 300Mbps. Cellular models too will have better LTE coverage as these will support more LTE networks worldwide. Apple has sold over 170 million iPads and now has 4,75,000 iPad-exclusive applications in the App Store.

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Apple has released the OSX Mavericks update for its Mac line of computers. This update is available for download free of cost starting today. Want to know what’s new in Apple’s latest operating system? Here are eight features that OSX Mavericks will brings your Mac…

iBooks, Maps integration
Apple has integrated its iBooks and Maps app in Mavericks operating system. You can zoom into locations, check out Flyover view and get real-time traffic conditions. Addresses given in emails, calendars and contacts can be opened directly in Maps app on the desktop.

With the addition of iBooks library in OSX, you will be able to access booksiPads and iPhones right on the desktop. You can open multiple books in the app simultaneously.

Finder
The Finder will be available in full-screen mode, showingFinder tabs in a single window. The layout will be customizable and files can be moved between tabs with a simple drag-and-drop move.

Notifications
The Notification menu in OSX Mavericks will allow you to perform tasks without opening the specific application. You can reply as well as to messages and emails, attend FaceTime callsthe Notification Centre. You can also sign up for web updatesauction alerts, news, sports scores etc rightthe Notification Centre, without opening the browser.

Multiple displays
While multiple displays had been supported in previous versions of OSX, the Mavericks update brings more functionality to them. Instead of one display acting as primary and the other as secondary, Mavericks OS brings the menu bar to both of them.

You can also run multiple apps in both displays or use a single app in full-screen mode and use several apps in the other one. Apps can also be moved between the two displays via AirPlay in the new operating system.

iCloud Keychain
iCloud Keychain will rememberyour passwords, credit card numbers, contact information etc acrossApple devices running on iOS 7 and Mavericks operating system. It will fill forms automatically and suggest hard-to-crack passwords as well.the passwords are encrypted by 256-bit AES encryption for data security.

Safari
Safari browser is faster in Mavericks, while consuming lesser power and RAM than previous versions. The browser also gets a redesigned Sidebar, which has three tabs – Bookmarks, Reading List and Shared Links.

While the first two are similar to the versions seen in OSX Mountain Lion, the third feature is new. Justin iOS 7, Safari in Mavericks aggregatesthe links shared by people and pages you follow on Twitter in one pane. It integrates the links shared by LinkedIn contacts too.

Tags
You can tag files in applications as well as iCloud with OSX Mavericks. If you are working on a project, you can markthe documents, videos, photos etc with the same keyword to easily locate them via Finder.

Lower energy consumption
Apple says that Mavericks operating system is more power efficient than predecessors despite being faster than them. It compresses memory for faster response time, slows down processing of apps that you are not currently using and groups low-level operations so that the CPU enters low-power mode more frequently to conserve battery life.