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"Can't innovate anymore my ass!" -- Phil Schiller

Apple is definitely getting “Back to the Mac” with the announcement that it has achieved million Mountain Lion installs since launch; Tim Cook even bragged that Mountain Lion is approaching 40 percent penetration on Macs while Microsoft is struggling to meet 5 percent penetration with Windows 8.
 
But Mountain Lion is so last year; Apple is already working on its successor, OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Apple is moving away its "cat themed" names and is instead looking to points of interest in California to carry it through the next decade of desktop/notebook OS development.


Finder Tabs
 
Mavericks will of course have a ton of new features including Maps, tabbed browsing for Finder, enhanced support for multiple displays, and a big focus on improving battery life for notebooks. And although Safari isn't exactly a "sexy" piece of the OS X equation, Apple has brought a wealth of changes to the browser aimed at improving battery life and improving page rendering performance.

 Battery life enhancements (L), new features in Safari (R)

Apple also announced new MacBook Airs that have "all-day" battery life. The new MacBook Airs are built around Intel's new Haswell CPU architecture, and as a result offer 12 hours of battery (13" model) and 9 hours of battery life (11" model). The notebooks now include 802.11ac support and PCIe-based SSDs. The 11" will start at $999 with 128GB of storage while the 13" model will start at $1099 with 128GB of storage.

 
The biggest hardware announcement, however, came in the form of the new Mac Pro. This totally redesigned professional workstation totally throws out the rulebook when it comes to desktops with a cylindrical design.
 
Phil Schiller took this opportunity to exclaim, "Can't innovate anymore my ass!". This is obviously a retort to the score of people that say that Apple has lost its way.

 
The new Mac Pro will support up to 12-core configs of Intel's next generation Xeon processors.1866MHz DDR3 memory, PCIe flash (1.25GBps reads, 1GBps writes), six Thunderbolt 2 ports, and dual AMD FirePro workstation GPUs.
 
The new Mac Pro will debut this fall and will be built in the United States.

Source: Apple



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By mik123 on 6/10/2013 3:24:58 PM , Rating: 2
As a primary user of Macbook Air, I want a high resolution screen. Battery life is good enough as is. If I plan to use it all day long I will find a power outlet.


By aliasfox on 6/10/2013 3:35:35 PM , Rating: 2
There's the MacBook Pro Retina 13" for a small premium in weight and price.

I presume that will be upgraded to Haswell shortly, hopefully with a quad core (or at least Iris Pro).

I presume Apple wants to keep the Retina display as the differentiating factor between Pro and Air, but if that's the case they could've been more agressive with the Air's price - $999 (or even $899) for the 13" would've done a better job getting it onto my radar, but I think I'd prefer to consider a Haswell Retina 13" for not (too) much more money.


By mik123 on 6/10/2013 4:14:56 PM , Rating: 2
But I don't want any weight premium.
All I want is a good screen and 4-5 hour battery life at MBA weight. If they offered a slimmer, lighter rMBP I would consider it as well (even at its current price).

It seems like I'll be choosing between Asus Infinity and Acer S7.


By m51 on 6/10/2013 10:38:42 PM , Rating: 2
You will probably get your wish. The improved power savings from Haswell will allow them to reduce the battery size in the rMBP 13 and slim up the product. I can't imagine that they won't slim it up, battery life is not a paramount feature like it is in the air. The rMBP is more about horsepower and good display.

It's very understandable that they didn't want to sacrifice battery life or increase size or weight in the Mac Book Air which is targeted at maximum portability. The Retina mbps need a battery 50% bigger than the airs.


By web2dot0 on 6/10/2013 6:52:30 PM , Rating: 2
Battery life is NEVER good enough. Screen resolution will add weigh and cost, which is not good for a $1000 computer.

If you are planning to use it all day, and find a power outlet, then it defeats the purpose of a MacBook Air.

Ultimately, you want a portably device to be ... well, portable, and last you all day.


By mik123 on 6/11/2013 11:46:00 AM , Rating: 2
For me 5 hours of battery life is good enough. In my ~3 years of using MBA, I can't remember a single case where I ran out of battery. I have a charger at home, and I have a charger at work. Typically, I only use the battery when I go to a meeting, or a coffee shop. Neither ever lasted more than 5 hours. When I travel, I'm never too far from an outlet, on a plane included.
Bottom line, the battery life increase from 7 to 12 hours does not make any difference to me. However the low resolution screen is not acceptable in 2013 when there are plenty of competition offering 1440p in a similar form/weight factor.


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