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10/22/2013 01:54 pm ET Updated Oct 23, 2013

OS X Mavericks Released On Tuesday For A Fantastic Price: $0

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On Tuesday in San Francisco, Apple announced that one of its most anticipated new products, the latest version of OS X, will be available as a free download for old and new computers alike going back to 2007.

OS X Mavericks, the first operating system for Mac computers not named after a big cat, can be downloaded for free starting on Tuesday.

"With a single step update, you can run Mavericks," Apple senior vice president Craig Federighi said on stage. He claimed that with Mavericks installed, a computer should get up to an hour longer battery life on a single charge.

The move may seem strange for a company with gadget price points hundreds of dollars higher than competition, but the price of major OS X upgrades has been falling for years. OS X Mountain Lion in 2012 was $19.99. In 2010, OS X Lion was priced at $29.99.

The new OS for Apple's laptop and desktop computers introduces new finder tabs that make desktop search more streamlined. Instead of just existing in folders, computer files can be tagged by category, making them much easier to find and organize later on.

Apple promises that the OS X upgrade will make old computers run faster and more efficiently. A feature called App Nap focuses the computer's power toward applications currently in use, extending the battery life of Apple laptops.

The Contacts, Calendar and Notes apps get a sleek makeover in Mavericks that puts them more in line with how they appear in iOS on iPhones and iPad. Also for the first time, an OS X computer with multiple displays will let you look at two fullscreen apps at once.

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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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