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Tuesday, Oct 22
Apple providing Mavericks for free, Microsoft lower; new Macs launched
- Apple (AAPL -0.5%) has decided to make the just-launched Mac OS X Mavericks free to Mac owners. Microsoft (MSFT -0.8%), which charges $120 for a basic version of Windows 8.1 and $200 for a Pro version (OEMs and enterprises get discounts, and Win. 8 users can upgrade for free), has moved lower following the disclosure.
- As expected, Apple is also launching new retina MaBook Pros sporting Intel (INTC -0.2%) Haswell CPUs. The 13" model starts at $1299, while the 15" model starts at $1,999; both prices are $200 below those for prior-gen models.
- Aided by Haswell, the new 13" Pro is said to provide up to 9 hours of battery life, and the 15" Pro up to 8 hours. The 13" model uses an integrated Intel Iris GPU, while the 15" model can come with either an Iris Pro GPU or a discrete Nvidia (NVDA -0.8%) GeForce 750M GPU.
- Also launched: the new Mac Pro, which was first discussed at WWDC. The cylindrical device uses an Intel Xeon E5 CPU and supports AMD's FirePro workstation GPUs, supports up to 1TB of flash memory and is said to take up only 1/8 as much volume as the prior-gen Mac Pro; power draw is 70% lower. It ships later this year, and starts at $3K.
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