Apple Debuts New iPad Air, Shipping Nov. 1

Apple unveils new iPads, MacBook Pro, OS X Mavericks, and discusses Mac Pro.

An Apple employee holds up the new iPad Air on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in San Francisco.
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A slimmer, lighter iPad dubbed the iPad Air joined Apple's tablet ranks Tuesday and will ship on Nov. 1, the company announced during an event on Tuesday that featured the launch of other new products that will have lower prices, faster processors and high-resolution Retina display technology.

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Apple sold its 170 millionth iPad in October, the company also announced , as it unveiled the latest generation of the product, the iPad Air, which will ship with the least expensive model priced at $499 and up, depending on memory space.

"iPad Air with its 9.7-inch Retina display weighs just one pound and packs the incredible performance of iOS 7 running on a 64-bit desktop-class Apple A7 chip, and delivers all-day battery life in the lightest full-sized tablet in the world," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing.

The tech giant also revealed the iPad mini with a new Retina display and faster processor, with models starting at $399 that will go on sale later in November.

Unfortunately the iPad Air and the latest iPad Mini will not be available in gold like the iPhone 5S, or other colors like the iPhone 5C, which were unveiled in late September.

Apple also unveiled OS X Mavericks, the latest operating system for Apple desktops, which will be available for free on the Mac App Store, allowing upgrades of any outdated version of the system. The operating system includes 200 new features for Macs including Maps and iBooks,

The tech giant will reengineer how it develops software to put out more OS releases faster, and made it easier to update from the Mac App Store, said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering.

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"We want every Mac user to experience the latest features, the most advanced technologies, and the strongest security. We believe the best way to do this is to begin a new era of personal computing software where OS upgrades are free," Federighi said.

Details about the powerful Mac Pro desktop emerged during the event, as the company announced the new desktop with an energy-efficient fan design and high-speed processor will be available starting in December. The device is designed for very demanding work flows and is priced at $2,999.

Apple also kept its promise that the Mac Pro would be designed and built in the U.S., and the event on Tuesday featured video of it being manufactured in an American factory.

The latest version of the MacBook Pro, Apple's series of laptops, also has a high resolution Retina display, a faster processor and a price cut of $200 from the previous model. The new MacBook Pro is now available online starting at $1,299.

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