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Essence of the October 22, 2013 Apple event and the unveiling of iPad Air

- iPad Air is out (on Sep 1, 2013 in stores and online). Features - A7 64 bit processor along with the M7 co-processor with faster processing and graphics with an eye towards battery saving, only 1 lb heavy and about 20% thinner.  Looks like a larger version of the mini footprint with its slightly square edges.  No fingerprint touch id Frown in this version. Comes in silver and space gray.  Expanded LTE coverage.  Larger pixels for the back camera.  Faster WiFi with Mimo/dual antennae (lookout Amazon Fire which has had this technology for sometime).

- iPad Mini is out at the end of November.  Powerful, new A7 processor and Retina display are the major things that stand out.  Also, it has all the other features of the iPad Air in a mini footprint.  Basically, packs the same power as the iPad Air in a convenient mini (now with Retina) package.  This model will truly rock! Might finally move to the mini after this release.

- Macbook Pro lineup is upgraded with the latest Intel chips namely Haswell and Crystalwell architectures and Iris as well as Iris Pro graphics.  Slight price reduction as well.

- Mac Pro is coming in December. Mini drum shaped, polished aluminum casing and quite a design I must say.  Pure power and runs cool.  For the professional with multi-core CPUs/GPUs.  More on this in a separate article.

- OS X Mavericks is out today and is FREE.  I was quite happy to hear that. And so are Apple apps - KeyNote, Numbers and Pages (yes) for new purchasers of Apple devices.  Mavericks features Maps, calendar with Geo location awareness, tagging, fantastic power saving features and more.  Available as a free upgrade to even users of Snow Leopard.  But do check the recommended hardware specs from Apple before downloading on the older machines.  I will write a separate blog on the over 200 new features of Mavericks.

Overall, it was quite a satisfying event and Apple did give away a lot of free goodies.  Looking forward to ordering my iPads (one of each please).

Looking forward to all the potential and a much greater audience for 64 bit code.

Gary Saggu

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iPad 5 (and mini) wishlist

What is to be expected from the Apple event on October 22, 2013?  There are so many iPad rumors going on at this time.  What would we likely be seeing in this announcement? Well, here is a wishlist of features...

- iPad Processing : 64 bit on par with the iPhone 5S; new A7x processors with many cores and GPUs.  Sounds like a no-brainer.  This will be "the device" and set new standards for mobile gaming or tablet gaming rather.

- iPad Display : On Mini a retina display would be fantastic. A Larger screen perhaps on the iPad?  Not needed.  There was a rumor I read about an iPad Maxi.  Unlikely in my opinion.

- More memory : Those new 64 bit processors can definitely open up to (address) larger memory.  

- Network : WiFi 'ac' support a possibility although iPhone5S(only supports upto 'n') does not have it but the new iMacs do. Bluetooth 4.x for sure.

- Finger print sensor : The mini and the regular iPad may have it similar to the iPhone 5S, iMHO.  No more long pass codes on the iPad as well possibly.

- Cameras : How many people funnily enough hold out their massive iPads to take photos in not so commodious of places? Well I have seen many! This is probably not going to change when both the iPads have better front and back cameras. Again being wishful wishful...

- Lighter, smaller form-factor : Both iPads could be lighter and smaller and slicker as per Apple's constant commitment to the aesthetic and design.

- Gold version of iPad and iPad mini: This might be the incentive for me to upgrade my iPad if it happens.

Well, with bated breath we look forward to the Apple event on the 22nd of October, 2013.  I will summarize the revelations in this blog.

Meanwhile, lets enjoy our Gold iPhone 5S's.  Has anyone received theirs?  My expected delivery end of this month (October 25-28).

- Gary Saggu

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