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10/22/2013 03:17 pm ET Updated Oct 22, 2013

New MacBook Pros Are Smaller, Faster And (!) Less Expensive

The Huffington Post

On Tuesday, Apple unveiled two new laptops in its Macbook Pro at an event in San Francisco, and as expected they are lighter and faster than their predecessors. What might be more surprising: The new Apple computers will also be less expensive.

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, introduced both the 13-inch and 15-inch versions of the new Apple laptops. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro weighs 3.46 lb and is 0.71 inches thick, slight reductions from the previous version, which weighed 3.57 lb and was 0.75 inches thick. Apple didn't provide those specs for the larger model on stage.

Battery life is boosted for both devices. The 13-inch Macbook Pro will have up to 9 hours of battery life, while the 15-inch version will run for up to 8 hours.

The graphics for both MacBooks will be 90 percent faster than before, and both will feature faster WiFi and Apple's new operating system, OS X Mavericks. Both are also "environmentally friendly" and highly recyclable, Schiller said.

The 13-inch costs $1,299 and the 15-inch will cost $1,999, representing a $400 and $200 price cut on their respective forerunners. Both will start shipping Tuesday.

The reveal of the Macbook Pro comes just a few months after Apple released new Macbook Airs in two sizes. The 11-inch Macbook Air costs $999 and the 13-inch costs $1,099.

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Apple's Oct. 22nd Event
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Apple's Oct. 22nd Event


10/22/2013 2:21 PM EDT

Tim Cook Now Back On Stage....Event Is Over

Cook is recapping all the new products, and showing a new ad for the iPad Air.

"Thank you for joining us."

And that's it. It's over.

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10/22/2013 2:21 PM EDT

Full iPad Lineup with Pricing

10/22/2013 2:20 PM EDT

New iPad Covers

$39 each

And new iPad cases, $79 for iPad Air, $69 for iPad mini.

10/22/2013 2:18 PM EDT

iPad mini with Retina display

Schiller announces new iPad mini with Retina display, 2048x1536 pixels, 7.9'' diagonal

A7 64-bit chip

10-hour battery life

Faster WiFi, expanded LTE support

5MP iSight camera, new FaceTime HD camera

Comes in silver, white, space grey, black

Starts at $399.

Available later in November, keeping original iPad mini on market for $299.

10/22/2013 2:08 PM EDT

iPad Air

Phil Schiller on stage announcing iPad Air, with Retina display. Thinner, lighter, "deserves a new name."

43% smaller bezel.

Weighs 1.0 pound.

"Lightest full-size tablet in the world"

"Screaming fast"

Faster WiFi, expanded LTE support

5MP iSight camera, 1080p HD video, new FaceTime HD camera

10-hour battery life.

Available in Silver, white, space grey, and black

Starts at $499, replaces top of the line iPad

iPad 2 remains on the market for $399.

Ships November 1st.

Schiller now showing video about the iPad Air.

10/22/2013 1:59 PM EDT

iPad TIME!

Tim Cook back on stage to talk about the iPad.

170 million iPads sold.

81% share of tablet usage, #1 in customer satisfaction.

10/22/2013 1:50 PM EDT

iWork Updates

Full file compatibility across all devices. 64-bit, "never been faster."

Brand new UI.

Demo-ing iWork apps now.

Available for FREE, today, with the purchase of any new Mac or iOS device.

10/22/2013 1:50 PM EDT

New Apps Free With New Devices, Available Today

New apps will be available for free starting today with the purchase of any new Mac or iOS device.

10/22/2013 1:49 PM EDT

GarageBand Demo

10/22/2013 1:46 PM EDT

Mac Pro Looks Really Weird, Let's Admit It

"I think there's not a small danger that if you have a Mac Pro on your desk, people will mistakenly throw their cigarette butts and candy wrappers in it," writes Farhad Manjoo for the WSJ's live blog.

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