Apple today unveiled a number of a Macbooks and a new thinner, lighter iPad called the iPad Air at an event in San Francisco.
The company also said that its latest computer operating system, Mavericks, is available free of charge.
The Cupertino, Calif. company said the iPad Air weighs 1 pound, compared with 1.4 pounds for the previous version. Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller called the tablet a “screaming fast iPad” that’s eight times faster than the original, which came out in 2010.
The iPad Air will go on sale Nov. 1 and start at $499 (N80,000), while the iPad 2 will continue selling at $399.
A new, 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is thinner and lighter, said Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller, adding that the laptop has up to 9 hours of battery life, enough to “watch the entire trilogy of ‘The Black Knight’ on one charge.” The notebook’s new price is lower: $1,299, compared with $1,499 for the previous version.
A larger MacBook Pro, with a 15-inch monitor and 256 gigabytes of storage starts at $1,999, compared with $2,199 for the previous version.
The Mac Pro, a high-end desktop computer aimed at what Apple calls “power users,” will be available in December for $2,999.