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The new Mac Pro® is a radical new design like no computer you’ve seen before. The future of the pro desktop is here. Learn more about this amazing break-through computer workstation and how it will work for you.
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In 1984, Apple introduced the world to Macintosh. It was designed to be so easy to use that people could actually use it. And it came with a promise—that the power of technology taken from a few and put in the hands of everyone, could change the world. That promise has been kept. Today, we create, connect, share, and learn in ways that were unimaginable 30 years ago. Imagine what we can accomplish in the next 30 years. Happy birthday Mac!
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Apple® announced the all-new Mac Pro® will be available to order starting Thursday, December 19. Redesigned from the inside out, the all-new Mac Pro features the latest Intel Xeon processors, dual workstation-class GPUs, PCIe-based flash storage and ultra-fast ECC memory.
Designed around an innovative unified thermal core, the all-new Mac Pro packs unprecedented performance into an aluminum enclosure that is just 9.9-inches tall and one-eighth the volume of the previous generation. Mac Pro features 4-core, 6-core, 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon processors running at Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz and two workstation-class AMD FirePro GPUs that deliver up to eight times the graphics performance of the previous generation Mac Pro. PCIe-based flash storage delivers sequential read speeds up to 10 times faster than conventional desktop hard drives, and ECC DDR3 gives the new Mac Pro up to 60GBps of memory bandwidth for seamlessly editing full-resolution 4K video while simultaneously rendering effects in the background. With an incredible six Thunderbolt 2 ports, each with up to 20Gbps of bandwidth per device, the new Mac Pro completely redefines desktop expandability with support for up to 36 high-performance peripherals, including the latest 4K displays.
Pricing & Availability
The Mac Pro is available with a 3.7 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of VRAM each, 12GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage starting at $2,999 (US); and with a 3.5 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs with 3GB of VRAM each, 16GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage starting at $3,999 (US). Configure-to-order options include faster 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon E5 processors, AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6GB of VRAM, up to 64GB of memory, and up to 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online.
WHAT MAKES IT SO REVOLUTIONARY AND POWERFUL?
WHAT MAKES IT SO REVOLUTIONARY AND POWERFUL?
Designed around an innovative unified thermal core, the all-new Mac Pro packs unprecedented performance into an aluminum enclosure that's just 9.9-inches tall—one-eighth the volume of the previous generation.
The new Mac Pro features 4-, 6-, 8- or 12-core Intel Xeon processors, running at Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9GHz, and two workstation-class AMD FirePro GPUs, delivering up to eight times the graphics performance of the previous generation Mac Pro.
STORAGE, MEMORY, AND BANDWIDTH
PCIe-based flash storage delivers sequential read speeds up to 10 times faster than conventional desktop hard drives, and ECC DDR3 gives the new Mac Pro up to 60GBps of memory bandwidth for seamlessly editing full-resolution 4K video while simultaneously rendering effects in the background.
EXPANSION & CONNECTIVITY
With six Thunderbolt 2 ports, each with up to 20Gbps of bandwidth per device, the new Mac Pro completely redefines desktop expandability with support for up to 36 high-performance peripherals—including the latest 4K displays.
Apple's newest desktop operating system, OS X Mavericks, is available to download now—for free! Here are some tips and tricks to get you started.
Install Updates Automatically
iOS 7 included the ability to automatically update apps, so it’s no surprise that this functionality would also eventually extend to the Mac. In System Preferences > App Store, you now have the ability to Install app updates, as well as Install system data files and security updates — all automatically. Check these boxes, and you’ll never be bothered with updates again.
Changing the Map Views
Just like in the Maps application for iOS, the Maps app for OS X lets you switch between three well-known map views: Standard, Hybrid, and Satellite. To change these views, select either the Standard, Hybrid, or Satellite buttons in the toolbar; or use the keyboard shortcuts by pressing Command + 1, Command + 2, or Command + 3 to switch between those three views, respectively.
Maps for Mavericks also includes the ability to view traffic details right from your Mac, giving you important information before you leave wherever it is you are. To do this, open the Maps app, and select View > Show Traffic. Now, whenever your map viewing area has traffic alerts, you'll see them listed on the Map.
Select the Directions button in the default Maps toolbar, or press Command + R to view the directions view. In this view, you can specify a starting location and end location, and the mode of transportation (currently, the Maps app supports Driving and Walking directions). You can then print these directions.
Sending Maps to iOS Devices
If you're also using an iPhone or iPad running iOS 7, you can send Maps from your Mac to your iOS device with ease. Open the directions or Map to a location that you wish to share, then select File > Share > “Send to Device.” After a few seconds, your iOS device will receive a notification that the Maps app has received information from your Mac.
Showing Facebook Events
In Mavericks brings a makeover for Calendar, which includes the services it can connect with. One of those is Facebook. By adding your Facebook account in the System Preferences or in Calendar > Preferences > Accounts, you’ll have access to a new Calendar called “Facebook Events.” Enabling this calendar in the app's list sidebar means that you’ll have a single place to view all of the event invites you’ve accepted on Facebook.
Add Events Using Travel Time
When adding an event, you now have the ability to select a travel time for events that don’t use the “All Day” specifier. Events like this will show the travel time required in the Day view for the event Calendar.
iCloud Keychain is a new feature that lets your OS X and iOS Keychains stay in sync, letting you autofill your passwords no matter which device you’re using. To use this new feature, you’ll need to head to System Preferences > iCloud, and check the box for the service “Keychain.” If you didn’t set up iCloud Keychain in the Mavericks Setup Assistant, then you’ll be walked through preparing your iCloud account to make it more secure for Keychain Access.
Safari is the first to include a new Keychain feature that automatically generates a secure password for you to use. You’ll need to have iCloud Keychain and AutoFill enabled for this to work properly. When visiting a website to sign up for a new account or change your password, clicking inside of the password field will automatically present you with a Safari-generated password, ready for your use.
Storing Credit Cards
Safari includes the ability to securely save your credit card information in your Keychain for easy online purchases. To save a card number, visit Safari > Preferences > AutoFill, ensure that “Credit cards” is checked, and then select the “Edit” button. Enter your credit cards in the form provided to securely save them in your keychain. If iCloud Keychain is enabled, then this information will sync between all of your iCloud Keychain-enabled devices.
Quick Checkout with Credit Cards
After you’ve saved a credit card in Safari and want to check out, click inside the credit card entry field. Safari will prompt you for which saved card you’d like to enter (it will not automatically AutoFill this information, for security reasons). If you have multiple cards entered, then you can select whichever one you prefer.
Upgraded Mission Control
Mission Control now has the ability to not only drag windows from other displays, but to drag full-screen applications from one display and assign them to another. Simply drag the application’s full-screen thumbnail from one display to another, and it will assign the full-screen app to the selected display.
Since Lion, full-screen apps have been a staple of OS X, but the Finder never received that functionality — until now. With Mavericks, clicking on the full-screen button in the Finder’s top right corner will bring the file browser full screen. This full-screen mode is especially helpful when dealing with file renaming or photo browsing.
In-line Address Book
Mail now includes a built-in address book lookup feature in Mavericks. Simply open the New Message window as you normally would, and notice the new plus button in the “To” field. Clicking it will open your contacts, ready for you to populate the field. Clicking on any of your contacts in this list will add that contact as a recipient.
Tagging Items in the Finder
Tags were a touted feature of Mavericks, allowing you to tag nearly any file across OS X for later reference. Tagging existing items in the Finder is fairly easy. Simply right-click an item (or use the Get Info panel), and select “Tags.” In this popup, you can see existing tags, or type in a new one to assign that tag to the file in question.
Searching by Tags
Tags are pretty useless unless you can do things with them. One major use of tags is searching for files containing certain tags later. To do this, open a new Finder window, and search for the tag name. In the search filter that appears, select your tag name under the “Tags” heading. This will filter the results to files containing that tag.
Listing Files by Tags
The Finder can now show Tags in the sidebar. To show the Tags, ensure that the “Recent Tags” sidebar option in Finder > Preferences > Sidebar is checked, then click on a Tag name in the sidebar to instantly jump to a listing of only the files with that specific Tag.
App Nap is a new, behind-the-scenes technology that aims to help improve your battery power performance on your Mac. It does this by sensing windows that are behind others, and automatically slowing down the app until it switches back into main focus. One such app example is iTunes, which will preserve power consumption by stopping irrelevant tasks (such as playing videos) when its window is not visible.
Safari Power Save
Power-consuming browser plugins, like Flash, can make for a miserable experience while on battery power. In Safari for Mavericks, you’ll notice that instead of automatically enabling these plugins, Safari detects and creates a static preview of the content. Clicking on the preview loads the plugin. You can enable or disable this power-saving feature in Safari > Preferences > Advanced, by unchecking the box labeled, “Stop plugin-ins to save power.”
If you pay attention to the Activity Monitor in Mavericks, you'll notice that not only is performance faster, but memory management is better as well. This is thanks to the Compressed Memory technology that is built into the OS. As more and more apps begin to run, and physical memory becomes utilized more and more, inactive applications will automatically have their memory compressed, freeing up RAM as you to need it.
Viewing Power-Consuming Apps
OS X Mavericks includes a way to view the most power-hungry applications currently running on your Mac. This can help you determine which applications to quit while running on battery power. When you feel that an application is using too much power, simply click on the Battery menu item in the OS X menu bar. Clicking an app under the “Apps Using Significant Energy” heading will open Activity Monitor so you can view its CPU usage.
Navigate to System Preferences > Keyboard > Text, where you will find a new text substitution feature that lets you easily specify any text to be replaced, and what to replace the text with. This works similar to other text substitution tools available as third-party applications on the Mac.
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Save on discontinued MacBook Pro with Retina Display
Due to limited quantities of these discontinued models, when they're gone, they're gone.
Apple MacBook Pro $1449
ME662LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop with Retina Display:
2.6 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB Flash storage.
Apple MacBook Pro $1899
MC975LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop with Retina Display:
2.3 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB Flash storage.
Apple MacBook Pro $1949
ME664LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop with Retina Display:
2.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB Flash storage.
Apple MacBook Pro $2549
ME665LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop with Retina Display:
2.7 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 Processor, 16GB RAM, 512GB Flash storage.
So Mavericks is here today and it’s free. Time to drop everything and download it right now, right? Well, not so fast (although we certainly appreciate your enthusiasm). Before diving in, here are a few simple steps to take first to make sure your upgrade is as smooth as possible.
1. Check Your App Compatibility
No doubt that Mac app developers have been hard at work making themselves ready for Mavericks, and many are already compatible. But you don’t want to install the upgrade, only to find that your mission-critical software won’t open. The best thing to do is go straight to the source, and check with the software vendor directly. Another great resource is RoaringApps, which is a crowdsourced database of thousands of Mac apps.
Update on 10/23 at 9:58am: The previous version of iPhoto is NOT compatible with Mavericks. You will NOT be able to access your photos after you upgrade until you update the App (you’ll want to update a ton of your Apps anyway). The update should be free if you already own iLife ’11 (most Macs less than three years old have it). However, MacWorld reports there is a glitch that is causing some older Macs to prompt you to buy the App again. Apple is working to fix it.
2. Back Up!!!
We can’t stress this one enough. It is always, always important to have a good, recent backup of your work. But it is even more important when you are upgrading your operating system. We recommend Time Machine with an external hard drive as a local backup, and CrashPlan as an off-site backup.
3. Update Your Current Software
Make sure you are running the most recent version of the operating system you already have. From the Apple logo in the menu bar, select Software Update and apply any updates that you have. If you are still running OS X 10.5 Leopard, you will first need to purchase a copy of 10.6 Snow Leopard from the Apple Online Store.
4. Download Mavericks from the Mac App Store
Open the Mac App Store, and find the download for Mavericks (it won’t be hard to find). Notice the low, low price of free—click it, and begin the download.
5. Run the Installer
As soon as the download completes, the installer will open. You won’t be able to use your computer while it runs, so now is a good time to finish whatever else you’re doing, and save your work before continuing. If you can’t install it now, don’t worry, just close the installer. You can find it again later in your Applications folder. You will want to plan on about 30–45 minutes for the install time, depending on which computer you have.
6. Log in and Enjoy
That’s about it! Once the installer is finished, your computer will automatically boot into Mavericks and you’ll be all set. The installer file will delete itself automatically, so as not to take up space on your hard drive unnecessarily.
Apple Announces iPad Air—Dramatically Thinner, Lighter & More Powerful iPad
iPad mini Features Stunning Retina Display & 64-bit Apple-designed A7 Chip
SAN FRANCISCO—October 22, 2013—Apple today announced iPad Air, the latest generation of its category defining device, featuring a stunning 9.7-inch Retina display in a new thinner and lighter design. Precision-engineered to weigh just one pound, iPad Air is 20 percent thinner and 28 percent lighter than the fourth generation iPad, and with a narrower bezel the borders of iPad Air are dramatically thinner—making content even more immersive. Apple today also announced iPad mini with Retina display, bringing all the pixels from the 9.7-inch iPad to its 7.9-inch screen, delivering razor sharp text and detail in the same amazingly thin and light design. The new iPads feature the powerful and power-efficient Apple-designed A7 chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture, ultrafast wireless with faster built-in Wi-Fi and expanded LTE cellular connectivity, and the newly-designed iOS 7 featuring hundreds of great new features.
iPad Air with Wi-Fi models will be available in silver or space gray starting on Friday, November 1, for $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model, $699 for the 64GB model and $799 for the 128GB model. iPad Air with Wi-Fi + Cellular will be also be available for $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model, $829 for the 64GB model and $929 for the 128GB model. iPad 2 is available at $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model for either AT&T or Verizon.
iPad mini with Retina display will be available later in November in silver or space gray. iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi models will be available for $399 (16GB), $499 (32GB), $599 (64GB) and $699 (128GB). iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi + Cellular models will be available for $529 (16GB), $629 (32GB), $729 (64GB) and $829 (128GB). Additionally, the original iPad mini is now offered at a more affordable price of $299 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $429 for the 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model for either AT&T, Sprint or Verizon.
Introducing the All New Mac Pro—The Most Radical Mac Ever
Apple today redefined pro computing with the launch of the all-new Mac Pro. Designed around an innovative unified thermal core, the Mac Pro features the latest Intel Xeon processors with up to 12 cores, dual workstation-class GPUs, six Thunderbolt 2 ports, PCIe-based flash storage and ultra-fast ECC memory. Featuring a stunning new design, the all-new Mac Pro starts at $2,999 and will be available in December.
“The new Mac Pro is our vision for the future of the pro desktop, everything about it has been reimagined and there has never been anything like it,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The new Mac Pro packs up to 12-core Xeon CPUs, dual FirePro GPUs, ultra-fast ECC memory, new PCIe flash storage, Thunderbolt 2 expandability and more into a radical new design that is one-eighth the size of the previous generation Mac Pro.”
MacBook Pro with Retina Display Updated with Latest Processors, Faster Graphics & Longer Battery Life
Apple today updated MacBook Pro with Retina display with fourth generation Intel Core processors, the latest graphics, longer battery life, faster flash storage and next generation Wi-Fi. Starting at a new lower price of $1,299, the updated MacBook Pro with Retina display features a stunning high-resolution display, an amazing thin and light design, and the latest technology to power through the most demanding projects. Apple today also announced that both iWork and iLife are now free with the purchase of every new Mac.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features fourth generation quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.3 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz. The 15-inch model includes Intel Iris Pro graphics for unprecedented levels of integrated graphics performance, or Iris Pro and GeForce GT 750M discrete graphics with 2GB of video memory for the ultimate in performance.
The updated MacBook Pro with Retina display features incredible pixel-pushing power while still delivering amazing battery life. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display delivers up to nine hours of battery life, two hours more than the previous generation, and up to nine hours of iTunes movie playback. The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display delivers up to eight hours of battery life, one hour more than the previous generation, and up to eight hours of iTunes movie playback.
MacBook Pro with Retina display is available today. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available with a 2.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.9 GHz, 4GB of memory, 128GB of flash storage, and Intel Iris graphics starting at $1,299; and with a 2.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.9 GHz, 8GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage, and Intel Iris graphics starting at $1,499; and with a 2.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory, 512GB of flash storage, and Intel Iris graphics starting at $1,799.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro is available with a 2.0 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.2 GHz, 8GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage and Intel Iris Pro graphics starting at $1,999; and with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz, 16GB of memory, 512GB of flash storage, and Intel Iris Pro and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M graphics starting at $2,599.
OS X Mavericks Available Today Free from the Mac App Store
Apple today announced that OS X Mavericks, the 10th major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, is available for free from the Mac App Store. With more than 200 new features, OS X Mavericks brings iBooks and Maps to the Mac, includes a new version of Safari, enhances multi-display support, introduces Finder Tabs and Tags and delivers new core technologies for breakthrough power efficiency and performance.
OS X Mavericks introduces innovative new features, including:
- iBooks, which gives you instant access to your iBooks library, more than two million titles in the iBooks Store, and works seamlessly across your devices;
- Maps, which brings powerful mapping technology to the desktop and lets you plan a trip from your Mac and send it to your iPhone for voice navigation on the road;
- a streamlined Calendar that estimates travel time between appointments, and provides a map with weather forecast;
- a new version of Safari with Shared Links, which helps you find what’s new on the web by consolidating links shared by people you follow on Twitter and LinkedIn;
- iCloud Keychain, which safely stores your website usernames and passwords, credit card numbers and Wi-Fi passwords and pushes them to your trusted devices so you don’t need to remember them;
- enhanced multi-display support, which makes using multiple displays easier and more powerful, with no configuration required;
- interactive Notifications, allowing you to reply to a message, respond to a FaceTime call or even delete an email without leaving the app you’re using;
- Finder Tabs, which help unclutter your desktop by consolidating multiple Finder windows into a single window with multiple tabs; and
- Finder Tags, a powerful new way to organize and find your files located on your Mac or in iCloud.
Mavericks also includes new core technologies that boost performance and improve the battery life of your Mac. Timer Coalescing and App Nap intelligently save energy and reduce power consumption. Compressed Memory automatically shrinks inactive data to keep your Mac fast and responsive. Mavericks also delivers significant performance enhancements for systems with integrated graphics through optimized OpenCL support and dynamic video memory allocation.
OS X Mavericks is available today for free from the Mac App Store. Any Mac capable of running OS X Mountain Lion can also run Mavericks. You can upgrade to Mavericks for free directly from OS X Snow Leopard, Lion or Mountain Lion. For a complete list of system requirements and compatible systems, please visit www.apple.com/osx/specs.
Apple Introduces Next Generation iWork and iLife Apps for OS X and iOS
Apple today announced its groundbreaking iWork productivity apps, Pages, Numbers and Keynote and award-winning iLife creativity apps, iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand have been completely redesigned to take full advantage of OS X Mavericks and iOS 7. All apps have been updated to 64-bit, are integrated with iCloud, and are loaded with hundreds of new features that let you do more than ever across your Apple devices. Apple also announced that both iWork and iLife are now free with the purchase of every new Mac or iOS device.
An all new iWork for Mac and iOS makes creating, editing and sharing documents easier than ever. Now you can create your document on iPad, edit it on your Mac and collaborate with friends in iWork for iCloud, even if they’re on a PC.
iWork and iLife for Mac come free with every new Mac purchase. Existing users running Mavericks can update their apps for free from the Mac App Store. iWork and iLife for iOS are available for free from the App Store for any new device running iOS 7, and are also available as free updates for existing users. GarageBand for Mac and iOS are free for all OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 users.
Apple launches iPhone 5S and $99 iPhone 5C with five colors
SAN FRANCISCO—September 10, 2013—Apple on Tuesday unveiled its new flagship iPhone 5S and a new budget smartphone, the iPhone 5C, as it seeks to attract more customers and revitalize interest in its devices. The iPhone 5S includes updated components, comes in three colors, and includes a fingerprint sensor to unlock the device and make purchases. It will retail for $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, or $399 for 64GB, all with a contract. The iPhone 5C, which is made of plastic, starts at $99 for the 16GB version or $199 for 32GB with a two-year contact.
Preorders start Friday. The devices will be available in stores on September 20.
“The iPhone 5C is made with all the incredible technology that customers have loved with the iPhone 5, but there's more, too,” Phil Schiller said during the event. “It has an incredible new design—one that's more fun, and more colorful than anything we've made before.”
Its hard-coated polycarbonate enclosure comes in five vibrant colors—Blue, Green, Pink, Yellow, and White. A new Apple-designed case with a soft-touch silicone exterior and microfiber lining complements iPhone 5c perfectly and is available in six gorgeous colors—White, Pink, Yellow, Blue, Green, and Black—for up to 30 fun combinations. iPhone 5c comes with iOS 7. A new iPhone 4s 8GB model will also be available. For the new iPhone 5C, Apple also designed $29 custom cases made of silicon with a microfiber lining.
The iPhone 5C will sport a 4-inch retina display, like the iPhone 5, as well as an A6 chip inside with “blazing-fast performance.” The battery is larger than in the iPhone 5, and it includes an 8MP iSight camera, with the five-element lens and IR filter as seen on the 5.
Meanwhile, Apple also unveiled its latest flagship device, the iPhone 5S, which it called "the most forward-thinking phone anyone has ever made.” It's made of high-grade aluminum and comes in silver, gold, and “a new space gray.”
The device also sports a new A7 processor. The A7 chip includes 64-bit capabilities, which makes it on par with PC chips. The iPhone 5S is “up to twice as fast” as the previous-generation system and has twice the graphics performance as well.
Apple also incorporated a chip that it calls the M7. This is a "motion co-processor" that aggregates and monitors accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass data and offloads it from the A7. That enables a new generation of health and fitness apps, such as a new Nike+ Move app. The app keeps track of what users do, tracks their Fuel points, and lets them compete with friends.
The iPhone 5S comes in silver, gold, and “space gray.”
Battery life is on par with the iPhone 5. The 5S has 10 hours of 3G talk time, 10 hours of browsing over LTE cellular networks or Wi-Fi, 40 hours of music playing, and 250 hours of standby.
The device also includes a new Apple-designed camera lens with a larger aperture and sensor. When a user takes a picture, it actually takes multiple shots and chooses the sharpest. There's also a "true-tone flash" that analyzes and presents the proper-color flash, as well as other shooting modes.
In addition, the device includes the much-expected fingerprint sensor, dubbed Touch ID. It's built right into the home button. It's still a physical button that a user needs to push down, but there's a metal ring that senses the person's finger. It can be used to unlock the phone or purchase items from iTunes.
Apple to release iOS 7 on September 18
iOS fans can download the newest operating system for their mobile devices on September 18, Apple announced on Tuesday. iOS 7 has hundreds of new features, including Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking, AirDrop, enhanced Photos, Safari, Siri, and introduces iTunes Radio, a free Internet radio service based on the music you listen to on iTunes.
iOS 7 is available only for the iPhone 4 and later, the iPad 2 and later, the iPad Mini, and the fifth generation of the iPod Touch.