Apple is widely expected to release new versions of its iPad and iPad mini tablets during a major launch event Tuesday at 1 p.m. EST at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.
Washington Post technology writers Hayley Tsukayama and Brian Fung will be giving regular updates and analysis from California and Washington.
Here are all the big-ticket items and their price tags:
iPad Air — from $499 (the iPad 2 now from $399)
iPad mini retina — from $399 (the original iPad mini now from $299)
Smart Covers — starting at $69
13-inch MacBook Pro — from $1,299
15-inch MacBook Pro — from $1,999
Mac Pro — from $2,999
OS X Mavericks — free
With the announcements over, I’m off to hit the hands-on area. Thanks for following along, folks.
From a clever new iPad spot:
Apple has a nice visual in the commercial, showing the iPad hiding behind a pencil on a table — yes, folks, it’s that thin.
“This is what we mean by ‘Designed by Apple in California,’” Cook says. “Other companies would be proud to have just one of these products.” But Apple, he says, is glad to bring all of these products to users by the holidays.
Tim Cook is back on stage, after Schiller wraps up his iPad spiel with the news that Apple is also releasing new smart covers, which will start at $69.
Cook is now recapping everything we’ve seen today — the new Mac Pro, MacBook Pros, Mavericks and new software updates. And, of course, he’s also talking up the new models of the iPad.
“We couldn’t be prouder of both new iPads,” Cook says.
The iPad mini will come in silver and white and in space gray and black. Sorry, gold-lovers.
The new tablet will here in time for the holidays, available in November, for $399.
The existing iPad mini will get a price cut down to $299.
Apple’s moved on to showing off how the Mac Pro is made, with a video full of drilling bits, shiny metal and rows of gleaming cylindrical computer towers.
Each Mac Pro bears the inscription, “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in the USA.”
Schiller is back to talk about the iPad mini — which does indeed have the much-anticipated and desired retina display. It has 2048 x 1536 pixels, which Schiller says is the same as the iPad Air. That means that the new retina iPad mini will be able to run all the same apps as the iPad Air.
Apple’s iWork chief, Roger Rosner, is on stage to show off new features in Pages, which allows users to easily customize things such as posters. Rosner said that Apple is also introducing collaboration features to iWork in iCloud, meaning that users will be able to work on the same document at the same time.
Software and Internet services head Eddy Cue and Rosner are now working on the same document, in real time, working on a poster for a fake Eddy Cue music gig.