iPad Air, new Macs, software unveiled by Apple ahead of holidays

Apple event in California on October 22, 2013 (Joanna Stern/ABC news)
October 22, 2013 11:37:33 AM PDT
iPad Air debuted to the public just in time for the holidays. Apple CEO Tim Cook called the iPad Air ''the biggest leap forward with the full-sized iPad."

The iPad Air will be the lightest full-size tablet in the world, according to Cook. It has the same 64-bit A7 chip as the iPhone 5s. It comes with an all-day, 10-hour battery life. The iPad Ai will start shipping November 1 with a price tag starting at $499.

Apple also unveiled new Macs ahead of the holiday shopping season and said its latest computer operating system, Mavericks, is available free of charge.

The Cupertino, Calif. company made the announcements Tuesday at an event in San Francisco.

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.

Apple also says nearly two-thirds of its mobile devices are running iOS7, the revised operating system it released in September. Twenty million people have listened to iTunes Radio about a month after its release.

The new iPads come as Apple tablet market share has been eroding compared with cheaper rivals running Google Inc.'s Android operating system.

Apple sold 14.6 million iPads in the June quarter, down 14 percent from the same time last year.

Research firm Gartner Inc. estimates that Android tablets will end 2013 with a 50 percent share of the worldwide market versus 49 percent for the iPad. Just two years ago, the iPad commanded a 65 percent market share compared to 30 percent for Android tablets.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple has sold 170 million iPads since the tablets launched three years ago.

CHECK OUT THE LIVE BLOG OF THE APPLE EVENT FROM ABC NEWS' JOANNA STERN

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