At today’s big announcement, Apple wowed us with quite a few surprises, not the least of which was the fact that the iPad now has a new name. Although not much of a surprise, Apple also announced that the iPad mini will indeed feature a Retina Display. Thanks to the 3.1 million pixels of the full-sized iPad being crammed into a 7.9-inch display screen, users will now be watching movies in the ultimate 1080p high-definition.
Apple announced major updates to its line of iLife and iWork updates today. The biggest news? They are now free. This announcement followed the announcement that OS X Mavericks is also free, which was poignantly displayed against the backdrop of Window 8 Pro at $199.
Apple has just released some official numbers at its big event today. The company regularly brags about number of units sold, amount of money made by developers, and amount of apps and downloads in the App Store. Today, the company announced record-level updates to iOS 7, as well as a bit more impressive data to be proud of.
There are clear indications of an impending update to the iWork suite of apps, which likely includes a removal of the beta label on the cloud features and new app icons. I have been using the browser based version since it was released in beta and I am a huge fan.
I remember the days when software had very distinct updates but the Appstore has changed that for many companies. iWork and iLife have both been void of traditional numbered updates since joining the Appstore, and while they have seen new features, all new features have been released as free updates.
It is not uncommon for accessory makers to take big risks and design products for devices that haven’t even been announced yet. Back in June, case maker Gumdrop launched a new line of iPad cases that fit the predicted specs. At the time, the company’s CEO believed Apple would unveil the new iPad at the Worldwide Developer Conference.
Today, accessory maker WaterField is launching a new line of iPad cases that have been designed with the fifth-generation iPad in mind. The question is, does Waterfield know more than we do, or are they simply betting on the rumors to be true?
Apple’s big event is hours away. As usual, the online store has been temporarily disabled while the tech team redesigns the web pages for whatever product is going to be unveiled today. Wouldn’t it be great if we could order the iPad today?
Today is expected to be the big day when Apple takes the wraps off the latest set of iPads. New iPads have become a yearly occurrence with Apple doing two major refreshes to the iPad. This year, in addition to the likelihood of a MacBook refresh and the release of OS X Mavericks, Apple is expected to release a new full sized iPad 5 and a successor to the popular iPad Mini.
If you don’t want to wait for us to tell you what Apple CEO Tim Cook and his team have announced, you can watch the entire keynote from your iPad’s Web browser at Apple’s website. At 10:00 A.M. PDT, Apple will broadcast a live video stream of the event.
We can logically presume that, if Apple launches a new size for the fifth-generation iPad, that a new Smart Cover will also be made available as a snazzy accessory. What we don’t presume, and didn’t even think was on the table, is that Apple might be making a keyboard cover for its flagship tablet.
Apple has a lot to cover tomorrow, or so that’s what their invitation says. We’ve heard an unprecedented number of rumors and speculations over the past six months, with a fervent swell of leaks, theories, and gossip flooding the Web in the past couple of months. Tomorrow will put all rumors to rest, as Apple will be announcing… well, something.
We’ve got a rumor round up of things we expect to see tomorrow, as well as a few things we aren’t so sure about, but hope to see.