Everything You Need to Know About Apple's iPad Launch, Plus: Your Reactions!

By Kat Hannaford on at

At 90 minutes in length, Apple's October event felt long -- perhaps it was something to do with all of those marketing videos of farmers driving combine harvesters, waxing lyrical about their iPads. Nonetheless, we have new hardware in the shape of iPads! And MacBook Pros! Oh, and a Mac Pro for anyone with serious cash to burn. Not to mention a whole combine harvest's jaw full of software...

What did you think of Apple's showing tonight? Granted, it was never going to be as thrilling as an iPhone announcement -- and even then, last month's iPhone 5S and 5C weren't quite the big reveal we were all hoping for. Let us know in the comments if anything catches (or doesn't catch, as is often the way with you lot) below.

Apple Has Renamed the Full-Sized iPad to iPad Air
The fifth-generation iPad daddy has been updated, as expected, but what was not expected was a name change — to iPad Air. Sticking to its 9.7-inch size, it’s thinner — 20 per cent thinner, with a 43 per cent thinner bezel. Lighter too, at 453 grams. Importantly, it’s running on the 64-bit A7 chip that we saw in the iPhone 5S. Read More >

Apple’s Second iPad Mini Has a Retina Display, A7 Chip
Apple’s dinky 7-inch iPad Mini has been updated with a higher-resolution retina display, and smokin’ hot A7 processor! Great news for those who held out on the first-gen model in the hopes of Apple doing just that. Read More >

Low-Res iPad Mini Now At Slightly Lower Price
While cash-flushed, smaller handed folk will be clamouring to get their mitts on the new iPad Mini with Retina display, Apple have pulled an “iPad 2″ on the low-res, 2012 version of the iPad Mini. Read More >

OS X Mavericks Will Land Today, For Free
Apple announced the latest version of its OS X desktop operating system way back in June, but it’s taken a few long months of beta-testing and Top Gun jokes for it to touch down. All that’s about to change, with OS X Mavericks available for free, today. Read More >

New MacBook Pros: Finally, the Grown-Ups Get Haswell
Although the vast majority of laptops have got the Haswell love over the course of the past few months, Apple have taken their sweet time sticking Intel’s latest and greatest silicon in their flagship laptop. But it looks like it’s been worth the wait. Read More >

Apple’s Mac Pro Workhorse Is Available in December From £2,499
The Mac Pro lives, as promised back in June at WWDC. You remember the one. The rubbish bin. The Darth Vader computer. Now we know more details, such as the Intel Xeon E5 innards will come in up to 12 cores options. Read More >

Apple Logic Pro X: A Whole New Look for Apple’s Music-Making Machine
Apple just announced a new version of its top-end music production software. It’s been four years since Apple updated its professional editing suite, so there’s a long list of upgrades in Logic Pro X. The improvements range from an overhauled interface to an iPad controller app to a new automatic drummer feature to help fill in your song when you can’t get a drummer into the studio. It’s available now for £140. Read More >

iLife and iWork: Better, But More Importantly Free
Along with the flurry of hardware updates, Apple announced substantial upgrades to iLife and iWork. Features run the gamut from seamless integration with iOS to powerful automation tricks like a robotic drummer. And like OS X Mavericks, everything is available immediately. Read More >