Apple also released the latest version of its OS X operating system, Mavericks, today. In a first, and in order to get it into the hands of as many users as possible, Apple said, the upgrade would be free, whether you’re currently running Mountain Lion, Lion or even Snow Leopard. Mavericks will also run on certain Macs from as far back as 2007. iPhoto, Garage Band, and iMovie are also free with the purchase of new Apple devices.
Updates to the iWork and iLife apps are also free. iLife updates include new versions of iPhoto, iMovie, and Garage Band. Among the latest features is the ability to make a coffee table book right from your iPad using iPhoto.
With iVideo, picture-in-picture is now available on the iPhone or iPad. iMovie Theater puts all movies, trailers, and shared clips in one place, available on iCloud and even Apple TV. Garage Band lets you record 16 tracks. And iWork now has full file compatibility across all devices and a new user interface.
Apple also announced a new Mac Pro desktop this past summer. The company confirmed the new desktop will be available in December, starting at $2,999 for a model with a 3.7GHz processor, 12GB memory, 2GB video memory, and 256GB of flash storage (upgradable, notably, to as much as 1TB). The Mac Pro features an innovative design for a desktop, with a small round case instead of the traditional rectangular case design.
We'll be getting some hands-on time with the new devices announced today; check back soon for our report.