Apple launches iPad Air, newer iPad Mini, MacBook Pro and Free OS X Mavericks

In its annual pre-holiday unveiling event, Apple Inc has announced the iPad Air its fifth-generation iPad, iPad Mini and MacBook Pro.

The iPad Air is Thinner and lighter with a powerful processor. The 9.7-inch Retina Display with other added features brings some design and performance enhancements to the best-selling tablet. The Touch ID finger print sensor is missing which would have been a great addition. A new A7 chip inside makes it 8 times faster than the iPad 4, according to Apple. This same 64-bit chip also in the iPhone 5S, the Air's A7 also comes with the M7 motion co-processor, which promises graphics that render at twice the rate of the previous iPad without sucking more juice than the previous gen. Though the slimness and weight are the two significant features, overall from my point of view it is a delicate high tech piece of junk.

The iPad Mini has the same A7 processor as the iPhone 5S and iPad Air, packs in as many pixels as the Retina display on the full-size iPad Air. The new iPad Mini has a higher pixel density on its display than its big brother, at 326 pixels per inch. Can your eyes spot the difference at this form factor? Apple has boasted that the 7.9-inch Retina display on the iPad mini offers a 35 percent larger area than screens with 7-inch tablets. It is also the only small tablet to deliver Apple's full iOS ecosystem and App Store. The new Retina iPad mini features two antennas to support Multiple-In-Multiple-Out (MIMO) technology, bringing twice the Wi-Fi performance at 300Mbps. Cellular models also come with expanded LTE coverage to accommodate even more LTE networks worldwide, while continuing to deliver comprehensive support for other fast cellular technology around the world (DC-HSDPA, HSPA+), all in a single model.

The new MacBook Pros have slimmed down for the 13-inch version, which is now only 0.71 inches thick. They got significant spec bumps, however, including new Haswell Core i5 and i7 processors and next-generation integrated graphics from Intel. Among others, both the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models received PCIe-based flash storage with up to 60 percent faster read speeds than previous models. In addition, the laptops were brought in line with the MacBook Air lineup and now feature 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity. Battery life has been boosted as well, with the smaller model now lasting up to nine hours, while the 15-inch Pro can run for eight hours on a single charge.

Finally, Apple has officially released its latest operating system, OS X Mavericks for free. Mac users can install it immediately.

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