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Our New iPad Liveblog Starts Right Here Today at 12PM ET/10AM PT

David Smothers October 22, 2013

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Hello and welcome! We are going to bring you all the latest news from around the web. Shortly, Apple’s going to take the wrapping off of its updated iPad and iPad mini, along with a few other surprises. We’ll be covering it all live, right here. Join us!

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So thats it! WOW! lets do this again in 6 months LOL… thank you for being apart of Hit Me Back Live Blog!

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So that’s where we’re at, kids. Lots of spec bumps, some new details.

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Okay, we’re done! No band, no big surprise, just a hale fellow well-met.

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Tim Cook has returned, he is recapping again, he will recap until there is nothing more to recap and you will like it.

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Actually that was just a guess, I lied, it shows how the iPad Air

is as thin as a literal pencil (although so was the old one if your pencil was big enough?

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For the new iPad Air. It shows people who hate their iPads. Kidding! They all love their iPads.

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Or a surprise band saying goodbye.

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Here’s where we either get a band or a new surprise or a goodbye.

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Tim Cook recaps better than anybody in the recap game, I tell you that righ tnow.

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HEre comes Tim Cook again, talking about what a wonderful time it’s been for innovation etc. Talking iPhone, iOS 7

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Not entirely clear what’s new about them but they are NEW.

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And full-wrap overs for $80

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And the LTE version is going to be $530.

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Available in late November. So it’s… more expensive? Old iPad mini sticks around at $300 down from $330.

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Whoa wait starts at $400 for 16GB

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10 hour battery life, same MIMO Wi-Fi. Same general list of updates as iPad Air, including cameras and colors and LACK OF GOLDPAGNE.

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Also gets an A7 chip, which is nice. You might actually want to buy one now! Assuming there’s no price drop though after iPad Air held firm.

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iPad mini time now

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Which means we’re going to be getting record iPad sales numbers in a few weeks as well.

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Ships November 1, including in China. [via gizmodo]

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Do not buy an iPad 2 for $400.

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And no price drop either, it’ll be $500 for 16GB and $400 for iPad 2.

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Repeat there will be no goldpagne iPad.

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And will be in silver/white and SPACE GREY/black but no goldpagne.

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It’s got dual microphones, 1080p video, new FaceTime camera (presumably the same old new FaceTime camera from the iPhones).

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It’s also getting MIMO tech, which basically means you’re going to get better Wi-Fi on there. Also a 5MP camera, better backside illumination.

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And s twice as fast at opening large files.

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it’s up to 8x faster performance, 72x faster graphics performance.

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And that M7 motion processor that also kind of sort of tracks you all day erryday but don’t worry abotu that right now.

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And it’s got a fancy A7 chip from the iPhone 5S.

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They’ve been working on this for “years,” as with all Apple products and all products generally. It weighs a pound, down from the 1.4 pou

nd previous gen.

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Which is a difference of slightly under two mm, but it still shows.

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On the bezel, that is. The body itself is 20% thinner.

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And it does look very, very trim! 43% thinner than previous model, specifically.

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It’s also getting a new name: iPad Air.

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Papa iPad now looks more like the iPad mini, with that very slim bezel and new dimensions.

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Okay more hype more hype, talking about the 9.7 inch iPad prime now. Another video.

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For those keeping score at home on a giant “How Many iPads Are There” wall.

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And here comes the next generation, which is the fifth generation

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Image courtesy of gizmodo

Image courtesy of gizmodo

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Again, I’m very, very curious about iPad pricing. There’s very very little chance they’ll try to stoop down the Kindle or Nexus levels, but the table’s set for them to at least get more competitive on the mini?

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And now there’s a short video about iPads, that I would like to preemptively sum up the same way.

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I’d like to sum this up for you by saying I am fairly confident that Tim Cook likes iPads and likes that you like iPads.

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There are over 475,000 iPad apps available now, and those are specifically designed for tablets (presumably plus universal apps).

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Which is almost certainly true! Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 are great but they haven’t captured hearts and minds.

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Image courtesy of gizmodo

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And Apple quotes stats that say it’s used more than 4x all other tablets combined.

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Recently sold the 170 millionth iPad, which is a nice milestone.

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Taking a swipe at netbooks now which is like Roger Goodell taking a swipe at the XFL, it’s over, you won.[via gizmodo]

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Apple just called the iPad “magical and revolutionary” which is just worth noting, although they’re quoting themselves from earlier.

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Good transition, right?

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Talking up how they’re making so much software free, and now time for the iPads they’ll be using them on.

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Tim Cook is back now, saying we’ve “only scratched the surface” about what these apps can do

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Especially since the iPad mini was already overpriced, there I said it.[via gizmodo]

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Apple’s been pushing price drops so much today you start to wonder about the iPad and iPad mini… maybe?

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And all iWork apps are free on Mac and iOS devices, downloadable today.

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And that’s it for iWork. Hard to say if this is enough to lure you away from Google Docs (probably… not? Since you’re already using Google Docs for everything so why switch?).

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They keep showing this Eddy Cue music poster and it’s only making me crave an Eddy Cue band more. Eddy Cue and the Cueballs. Come on.

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The share button is easy enough to find; it’s in the toolbar on the web. Just click it and go.

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We can build our Eddy Cue music posters together, is what I’m saying.

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And there are collaboration tools now (yay!) for iWork in iCloud.

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You can also generate iCloud links to documents, which will fire up iWork for iCLoud web app on either a Mac or PC.

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(That’s hypothetical Eddy, Eddy is not the one running the demo, apologies for any confusion, apologies to Eddy).

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Eddy is fussing with his poster to give it different looks with ease, but no matter how many different fonts he uses he can’t hide his raw animal magnetism. [via gizmodo]

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Wouldn’t you buy that? Or at least stream it?

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In this case, a poster for Eddy Cue’s “new album” which please why doesn’t Eddy Cue release a real album.

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They’re just going to demo one of the new features, which is opening up a poster in Pages.

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For this presentation, I mean. I wish that had been revealed with a little more relish.

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Image courtesy of gizmodo

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And Keynote, which offers new effects and animations, and which Apple has been using THIS WHOLE TIME.

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Numbers now, which gives you interactive charts (live-updating, basically).

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There’s also a context-sensitive format panel for Mac, so different controls refrlect what you’re working on.

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It’s more powerful, easier to do things, but most importantly there’s full file compatibility across iOS, Mac, and web.[via gizmodo]

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Pages, Numbers, and Keynote all get a redesign and a brand new UI.

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All three are available today.

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Oh and of course you can buy additional drummers through in-app purchases.

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Virtual drummers are are more reliable but less fun than real drummers I’m guessing? Can my virtual drummer do that little drumstick twirl thing at the top of every track? That’s what I look for most in a drummer.

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Image courtesy of gizmodo

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Oh and a better drummer! Virtual drummers, that play along with your track to your direction.

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Best new feature: Start a song on iOS, you can open it and finish up on a Mac.

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Garageband now, which supports 16 tracks instead of 8, and has a new look and new sound library for Mac.

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iMovie Theater is a new feature that puts all your videos and trailers in one convenient home movie house of horrors (if you, like me, are terrified of home movies).

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And speed up/slow down effects, which again will be great for your unfortunate music videos.

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Cueis describing it as “desktop-class effects” on the iPhone or iPad, with a focus for all on browsing and sharing.

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iMovie next, which has gotten an iOS 7 overhaul as well.

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iPhoto has an iOS redesign, and photobooks can now be created on the iPad.

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There are new versions of iPhoto, iMovie, and Garageband, all integrated iwth iCloud and all 64-bit.

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We’re going to talk about iLife now, which as predicted gets an update.

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No wait apps, he’s here to talk about apps.

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We’re seeing the factory that makes the enclosure, which is a good chance to say that I am a big fan of Apple highlighting manufacturing processes in these videos.

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It’ll be assembled in the US, which we knew before. 2000 people over 20 states helping to build it. And now here’s a video! [via gizmodo]

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All before “the end of the year” which is still frustratingly not an actual day.

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And that gets you 3.7GHz quad-core Xeon, 12GB DRAM, Dual FirePro D300 GPUs.

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Now talking to photo folk, music folk. It’ll start at $3000.

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Showing off some practical applications other than “conversation piece.” Video editing up first, in particular 4K video.

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Image courtesy of gizmodo

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4SB 3 ports, 6 thunderbolt 2 ports (for all your… thunderbolt… accessories?) two gigzbit Ethernet, HDMI, and that 802.11ac wireless standard.

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If you have that many 4K displays presently I would like to hang out, I will bring popcorn and a certain jaunty tone.[via gizmodo]

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It supports upt to three 4K displays, single and dual-output displays.

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It comes with dual workstation GPUs standard, AMD FirePro graphics, up to 7 teraflops of compint power.

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Up to 30MB L3 cache, 40 lanes of PCI Express gen 3, all of which is to say it will be a very competent workhorse.

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More details coming now, it comes with Intel Xeon E5 with 4, 6, 8, or 12 core versions.

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Going over the design now, which is both supercool and also vaguely reminiscent of a small trash bin.

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Mac Pro time now, we should be getting pricing and shipping.

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Apple’s also making my “buy refurb” strategy tough by cutting prices dramatically, grumble.

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Image courtesy of gizmodo

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The 15-inch model also gets a $200 price break, from $2200 to $2000 for quad-core i7, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, ships today.

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Image courtesy of gizmodo

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The 15-inch gives you a GeForce GT 750M discrete graphics option, for those who still don’t trust Intel’s integrated graphics. [via gizmodo]

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And it’s for a 2.4 GHz Core i5, 5GB RAM, 128GB SSD.

Image courtesy of gizmodo

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That’s for the 13-inch by the way, and it starts shipping today.

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Image courtesy of gizmodo

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Used to cost $1500, now it’s $1300.

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Oh but hey now it’s $200 cheaper.

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Basically take the MBA update and apply it to the MBP, which is a good thing, it was a good update.

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Comes with PCIe SSds, like the MBAs have, and also 802.11ac wireless networking, which the MBAs also got.

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It’s “up to 90 percent faster” although that leaves a lot of room for vagueness. Basically: it’s faster, its battery life will be longer.

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Image courtesy of gizmodo

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Image courtesy of gizmodo

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Haswell included, this is a good thing! The 13-inch is also just under 3.5 pounds now and .71 inches thin

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Which the MBA got a few months ago. Both the 13-inch and 15-inch are getting updates today.

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Here comes the MacBook Pro though, which should be getting an update to Haswell, which is Intel’s fancy new processor.

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And rightly so, the MBA is the best laptop, full stop, and has been for a couple of years.

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Windows 8 will cost you a couple hundred bucks, but no matter what Mac you have (within reason, back to Snow Leopard) you can update totally free

2007 iMacs and Mac Pros, 2008 MacBook Air, MacBook, and Mac Pro, 2009 Mac mini and newer can all get OS X Mavericks and it won’t cost a dime.

So you just saved a few dozen dollars, well done team, we did it. [via gizmodo]

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That’s unprecedented and terrific.

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OS X Mavericks is free. Whoa!!!!!!

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They’re going for faster releases for the last several years, with new pricing and new speeeeeed.[via gizmodo]

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But it’s coming up; they want to get it in “as many hands as possible.”

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And that was your OS X Mavericks demo! Short and sweet, still no release date yet.

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Data Detectors let you click on dates and times in emails and they’ll go to your Calendar app. Or click on a location and end up in Maps. [via gizmodo]

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Looking at Safari’s accelerated scrolling now, for when you can’t get through that tab fast enough. Other new features include shared links with search, etc. It is hard to make browser updates exciting, we’re learning this.

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Worth noting that iPhoto, Pages, Keynote, etc. all have new app icons, which means they’ve probably gotten a bit of an update.

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And can be sent by sites. Like, say, you want a sportball update from ESPN (or whomever!), you can get that on your desktop.

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Most of these features were laid out a few months ago but refreshers are always nice? Notifications can happen without having to switch apps. [via gizmodo]

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This demo is covering things as specific as copy/past drag and drops, so we’re going REAL GRANULAR here guys.

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Image courtesy of gizmodo

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Improved multiple display support, that is. And here comes the demo.

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Now for the feature improvements. Notifications are more convenient, finder has tags, Maps and Books are new and improved, multiple display support, etc [via gizmodo]

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Integrated graphics also support OpenCL now, so tasks run 1.8x faster relative to the CPU. Which I believe we also knew at WWDC.

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Image courtesy of gizmodo

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Mavericks also can compress inactive memory, which means you can squeeze 6GB of data into 4GB of system RAM

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And that’s without any hardware tweaks, that’s to an existing 13-inch MacBook Air.

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Power efficiency is important in OS X, with “deep and broad changes” across the system to give you up to an hour more browsing on a single charge.

[via gizmodo]

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There are three areas of focus: technologies, features, and apps. Which again, good base-covering. [via gizmodo]

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Image courtesy of gizmodo

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Image courtesy of gizmodo

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We’d heard a lot about OS X Mavericks at WWDC, but hopefully we’ll gets some detail and a release date here.

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One of the items we have been looking forward to…

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Okay now into new products. First up: OS X.[via gizmodo]

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Cook has referred to “our competition” a couple of times (in this case frowning on netbooks) but I miss when he names names.[via gizmodo]

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Now BRISKLY onto desktops and notebooks. Pointing out the quality of hardware and software and apps, which pretty much covers all bases.[via gizmodo]

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Which is obviously fine! Why would you want to do that. Users have downloaded apps over 60 billion times. [via gizmodo]

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There are over a million apps available in the App Store now, which my god, you will never live to see every app.

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It has 20 million listeners, though, which is one of the benefits of being baked into iOS 7. One billion songs played.

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Now Tim is hyping iTunes Radio, which is fine except that there’s not toooo much to hype if you already use literally any other streaming radio service?

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And Tim Cook takes the stage, wishing everyone a good morning.

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It’s finally happened: I’ve gotten too old to recognize the music Apple is playing. [via wired]

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The anticipation is killing me…

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image via wired

I don’t know about you guys but I think the thing I’m most excited about it to see if Tim Cook goes tucked in, or untucked today.

Oh, and new iPads. [via wired]

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Still time to mention that we might see an Apple TV update as well (the hockey puck, not the HDTV). But again, not expecting much more than a spec bump? A slightly smaller puck, perhaps? [via gizmodo]

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What do you think Apple is going to announce?\, a new TV, iGlasses or iWatch? let me know on Twitter @HitMeBackWeb

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Under ten minutes to go, and the techpress has been seated. Never underestimate the value of a comfortable techpress to today’s society.

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The one thing that Apple will PROBABLY announce today that hasn’t been a major factor in the rumor mill is a some sort of iPad keyboard cover. [via gizmodo]

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What the heck are these guys doing here?

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I’m still doubtful that we can expect any major surprises today, but it’s interesting that Apple seems to be devoting more resources to today’s event than it did to the iPhones. That could be because a) they’ve got something cooler to share or b) they’re compensating for the fact that they have less-cool things or c) they just kinda felt like it, like you know how somedays you wear an extra unwrinkled shirt even if you’ve got nowhere special to go? [via Gizmodo]

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Everyones ready to get this party started!!!

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Image courtesy of Engadget

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Also if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about today’s event, go ahead and ask them on the Twitter! @hitmebackweb.

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