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Apples and Oranges

I Watched the Apple Keynote speech in which Tim Cook and others gushed about the latest devices and software to come from Cupertino.

There is new iPad Air, iPad Mini with retina display and, very interestingly, some more details about the new Mac Pro including for the first time, pricing. At over $3000 dollars, I don’t think I’ll be standing in line to buy one on launch day. If only….

Of course there is the release of the new Apple desktop operating system, called OS X Mavericks. I’ve been playing with Mavericks for a while, as I was lucky enough to be on the beta project, as well it being available to all registered Apple developers for a while too. Mavericks is good, but most of the big changes are under the hood. There is not much to read about the hidden changes on the Apple website, but the keynote speech (linked in the first paragraph, above) gives a few details, and the Keynote from the WWDC 2013 Developer’s conference gives a few details too.

On the surface there is some nice new touches, like iBooks and Maps updates, and better integration between apps, and of course better integration with iCloud. Simple things like ‘tags’ in the finder may not sound much, but it’s surprising how much they add to productivity. Best of all, the update to OS X Mavericks is completely free, just get it from the Mac App Store.

Speaking of ‘surfaces’ I see that Frank Shaw, VeeP Of Communications at Microsoft was none to impressed with Apple’s keynote speech. Of course not, he couldn’t see green cheese. You can read his somewhat missing the point Blog over here.

Anyway, best regards,


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