Introducing the iPad Air. Seriously, that's what they're calling it.: Apple Byte
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We'll recap everything from Apple's iPad, new Macs and OS X Mavericks announcements. We can't avoid throwing out Bad Apples, and our Mophie juice pack winners!
-What's good? Brian Tong here and welcome to Apple Byte for everything good and bad inside the world of Apple right after their latest keynote in San Francisco and there is plenty to talk about. So, let's just recap the highlights. And we were pretty much on the money with what we expect to see, but there were still a few surprises. First up, OS X Mavericks is available as a free download, right now free, probably the best news of keynote and support some Macs' far back as 2007 running Snow Leopard or later. It really can't be free unless it's that taco from the fair that's still giving you indigestion. -That's too much information, Brian. -All right. Okay. -Now, I think the big surprise was the name of the new third generation iPad at the keynote. Apple is calling it the iPad Air. I know, it almost sounds like a bad joke, but this thing weighs only 1 pound, packs an A7 processor, improved WiFi, shares design cues from the iPad Mini. There's no touch ID and no major revamp to the camera because people really shouldn't be taking pictures with their iPads anyways and don't be this person. Now, the iPad Air goes on sale November the 1st, starts at 499 for a 60-gig Wi-Fi version. And I'm looking to get one after selling my third-gen iPad New. That's now the iPad old, old two gens later. You guys gotta figure that out. Now, look at this video clip. -It's been to classrooms, the board rooms, expeditions, even space. And we can't wait to see where you'll take it next. Introducing the thinner, lighter, more powerful iPad Air. -I think it would have made more sense to call it the iPad Pencil and I like that name better. Now, the other no-brainer that had to happen was the announcement of the iPad Mini with retina display that also sports an A7 processor, improved Wi-Fi, and the same design. It sounds great, right? But the retina display Mini starts at 399 for a 16-gig Wi-Fi version and will be available later in November. But what sticks out like a sore thumb is when you compare the Mini retina to something like the new Nexus 7 that starts at 229. Now, Apple is positioned as a premium product. I get that. But they're smoking something with that pricing. And there's a reason they're losing tablet market share. 399. Seriously? That's a bad Apple. And the iPad that has stood the test of time so far, the iPad 2. Apple is still selling it for 399 two plus years later. No one should buy this. And you're actually better off getting a refurbished iPad 4 from the Apple online store for 379 instead of a new iPad 2. Now, we also saw a new Mac. The MacBook Pro Retina line gets a revamp with new Haswell processors, integrated Intel Iris graphics, and improved battery life. The 13-inch will get 9 hours of battery life and the 15-inch will get 8 hours, but Apple typically is very modest with those numbers. They're available now and the 13-inch starts at 1,299 while the 15-inch starts at 1,999. Apple also showed off the new Mac Pro with its beefy next-gen Xeon processor, dual GPUs, and more. This is a powerhouse supporting 4K video on up to 3 monitors. I know it's not for everyone, but high in graphics professionals will be drooling over this one even if it's at 2,999-dollar entry level price point. Now, software is also focused at the keynote with new versions of iLife and iWork. They'll be free when you purchase either a new Mac or iOS device. The iWork suite gets a redesign across all apps, iCloud compatibility and gives multiple users the ability to access and edit documents. iPhoto and iMovie get revamp with new tools, and effects, and sharing options. And GarageBand gets what Apple calls its biggest update ever with up to 32 audio tracks and real-time collaboration. And there have been some updated redesigns for Apple's iOS apps including podcast, thank you; Find My iPhone; and the iTunes Trailers app. Now, you guys, there are always highlights of a keynote from Craig Federighi's perfect hair to Eddie Cue's Dojo Master attire and I'm still not sure who allowed that to happen. But Phil Schiller really won hands down with this one. -So, if you're a fan of the Black Knight as I am, you can watch the entire trilogy on one charge. -Woah, woah, wait, wait. Are they making a fourth movie in the Batman series that I don't know about? He didn't say the Black Knight, did he? -So, if you're a fan of the Black Knight as I am, you can watch the entire trilogy on one charge. Yes. -He did. And why are you clapping for that? Are you all dumb-dumbs too? -If you're closet batman fan, you don't have to hide it. -And if you call the Black Knight, you really do. Now, that's not even a bad Apple, Phil. I'm giving a black Apple. And the only Black Knights I know about are the one in Monty Python or Martin Lawrence and that was not a good movie, so I've heard. All right, let's get to our winners of our colored Mophie juice pack cases from last week. We asked you what you would do to win one of these sweet cases. Now, a lot of you freaks said you would do things naked or give me massages, but I decided against picking you. So, congrats to our Twitter winners, Melvin Shannon, Sr. and Sumit Kakkar who wants one because I bit on it. Our e-mail winners are Maria Palermo and Steve from Rosemead, California, who wrote in with a girl I'm dating also has the same last name as yours and she's a diehard Apple fan and just bought an iPhone 5 recently. I think I could definitely impress her with this case. And hopefully, we can go a step further in our relationship. You know what I mean? I don't know what you mean, but I hope this case helps out. And I hope she doesn't watch this show and she better not be my sister. All right, congrats again and we'll be in touch with all of you. That's gonna do it for this week's show. Send me your questions and comments to the Apple Byte at CNET.com or Tweet me at @BrianTong because I love to hear what you thought about Apple's event. Based on what you're watching, I will catch you guys next time for another bite of the Apple.