5 Things Unveiled by Apple at Today's Big Keynote

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By William Peacock, Esq. on October 22, 2013 1:33 PM

Looking for a tech upgrade? Are you one of the majority of tablet-toting lawyers who prefer Apple products? Today was a big day in the tech industry, with Apple revamping much of their lineup of MacBook and Mac Pros, iPads thin and mini, and much of their software.

If you have any interest in faster laptops, thinner tablets, or free Mac OS software, read on.

MacBook Pro Gets Haswell (Finally)

The company's cheaper MacBook Airs got Intel's latest-and-greatest Haswell chips months ago, leaving many to wonder: why in the heck would we buy a MacBook Pro? Good question, until now.

The new line of MacBook Pros are stuffed with the latest-and-greatest innards, from high resolution "Retina" displays, to Haswell processors and Iris or better graphics. In short: faster, better battery life, screens that are easier on the eyes, and, even more important, a bit of a price cut, with the 13-inch starting at $1,299, reports Engadget.

Mac Pro is Fascinating, Probably Excessive

We can't think of a legal practice area that requires the power of a $3,000 computer, but if you have any hankering for the computer you'll have for "the next 10 years," or for a cylindrical-shaped supercomputer, it's worth a gander.

iPad Air

We knew the iPads were in line for a revamp, and Apple didn't disappoint. The new "Air" line, or fifth-generation iPad, is down by 0.4 pounds (to a svelte single pound), is 20 percent thinner, the bezels are smaller, etc. It also packs the same A7 and M7 chips as the company's new iPhone 5S, but oddly enough, no touch fingerprint sensor. It starts at $499, per Engadget.

For those on a budget, the company's years-old iPad 2 will remain on sale for $399. Between the two, spring for the Air -- it's three generations more advanced, has a cutting-edge 64-bit processor, and when you're holding it for hours on end, the lighter weight will matter.

iPad Mini Gets Retina (Finally)

The biggest complaint many of us had when the iPad Mini was launched was regarding the device's screen. Despite Apple's push for Retina displays in its phones (since the iPhone 4) and its laptops (since last year's MacBook Pro), and despite the competition's cheaper tablets having high resolution screens, the Mini launched with a relatively disappointing display.

The 2013 model brings that pixel-packing display we've been waiting for, along with the same A7 processor as the iPad Air and iPhone 5S. It'll start at $399, with last year's model enduring at $299.

Between all of the iPads, the new Mini is probably best deal. A smaller device is easier to hold for hours, and it has the latest-and-greatest innards, for $100 less than the iPad Air.

OS X Mavericks Upgrade, iLife and iWork Suites: FREE

Back in June, Apple announced that OS X was headed for an upgrade, this time codenamed "Mavericks." Today, the upgrade arrived, and unlike the past feline-themed upgrades, this one is free.

The company also issued updates to its iLife (Garage Band, iMovie, iPhoto) and iWork (Pages, Keynote, Numbers) suites. The best part? Both are free with new Mac purchases.

Though there were no earth-shattering reveals of revolutionary products, the company did revamp nearly its entire lineup. Are you excited or disappointed by today's event? Tweet us your thoughts @FindLawLP.

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