A pedestrian at Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco on Tuesday shortly before the start of an Apple Inc. press event.

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Apple offers Mac software update for free

  • Article by: MICHAEL LIEDTKE
  • Associated Press
  • October 22, 2013 - 12:52 PM

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple Inc. executives said the new version of its operating system for Mac computers was done and is available immediately for free.

It is the first time the company has offered a major update to the main Mac software at no cost.

The news came at the start of a showcase event in San Francisco that is likely to feature remodeled versions of Apple's standard-sized iPad with a 10-inch display screen and the iPad Mini with a nearly 8-inch screen.

If the unauthorized previews of the new iPads are correct, this year's standard-sized model is getting a more noticeable makeover than last year. It's expected to be even thinner and lighter than its predecessor and designed more like the iPad Mini with slimmer sides and tighter curves on the back.

Apple will probably add its high-definition "Retina Display" to the iPad Mini to stay competitive with recent upgrades to the smaller tablets sold by Google Inc. and Inc.

If Apple is consistent with its past practices, the prices on the new iPads won't change. Prices on the standard-sized iPad usually start at $499 and the cheapest iPad Mini goes for $329. That has left Apple's tablets more expensive than rival models, but the company has maintained the iPad is worth it.


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