Apple announces new iPads, Mac Pro, MacBook Pro & OS X Mavericks

Apple announced the new 9.7-inch iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display, new Mac Pro and MacBook Pro, free OS X Mavericks, as well as free iWork & iLife apps for OS X & iOS devices. All prices below include GST.

Update (12 November, 2013):

Apple has just announced that the iPad mini with Retina display will be available from tomorrow.

Update (1 November, 2013):

The iPad Air has debuted in Singapore, as well as the US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (Wi-Fi models only), Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

The Apple 9.7-inch iPad Air (shown here) and and the 7.9-inch iPad mini has the same thickness and number of pixels in their retina displays.

The Apple 9.7-inch iPad Air (shown here) and and the 7.9-inch iPad mini has the same thickness and number of pixels in their retina displays.

Here’s a quick summary of the slew of announcements by Apple today.

iPad 2 Original iPad mini
16GB Wi-Fi S$528 S$408
16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular S$698 S$588
Accessories (in 6 colours)
Smart Covers S$58
Smart Cases S$118

iPad Air with 9.7” Retina display. 20% thinner and 28% lighter compared to the current 4th Generation iPad.

iPad mini with Retina display with a more powerful 64-bit Apple-designed A7 chip.Basically the 9.7-inch display of its bigger sibling is “squeezed” into 7.9 inches, with the same number of pixels but higher pixel density.

It now packs 3.1 million pixels (2048 x 1536) @ 326 ppi. Prices for the various configurations are tabulated below.

Model iPad Air (1 Nov) iPad mini with Retina display
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi + Cellular Wi-Fi Wi-Fi + Cellular
16GB S$688 S$870 S$548 S$728
32GB S$828 S$1,108 S$688 S$870
64GB S$968 S$1,148 S$828 S$1,108
128GB S$1,108 S$1,288 S$968 S$1,148

Both the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display are available in silver and space grey.

New Mac Pro. Comes with latest Intel Xeon processors with up to 12 cores and will be available in December.

  • 3.7GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor: S$4,288
  • 3.5GHz 6-core Intel Xeon E5 processor: S$5,688

MacBook Pro with Retina Display will be available from today.

13-inch with dual-core Intel Core i5 processor
2.4GHz, 4GB RAM, 128GB flash S$1,788
2.4GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB flash S$2,088
2.6GHz, 8GB RAM, 512GB flash S$2,488
15-inch with quad-core Intel Core i7 processor
2.0GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB flash S$2,788
2.3GHz, 6GB RAM, 512GB flash S$3,588

OS X Mavericks is available today FREE from the Mac App Store. This is the 10th major release, with 200+ new features, iBooks, Maps to the Mac, and a new version of Safari.

New iWork & iLife Apps for OS X & iOS. Free. one-time (for each platform: Mac/iOS) S$5.98 incl GST for additional GarageBand instruments & sounds.

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