The big news from Apple's iPad announcement: free software
It wasn't the fact that the new iPad Air will weigh 1 pound.
Neither was it the fact that the new iPad Mini will feature a Retina Display.
Apple's big announcement was notable because of all the free software they're going to make available.
I love free software. Especially good free software.
You see, There are hundreds and thousands of apps out there, but only a few really good useful apps exist.
And these apps get downloaded as often as people seem to be subscribing to Netflix these days. Which is to say, quite often.
But really good apps, such as iPhoto and Garage Band, cost money. Such as around $20, until now. Starting today, they're free on new devices.
Apple says iWork and iLife have both been redesigned for the new look of iOS 7, and to take advantage of the new operating system for its laptops and desktops, OS X Mavericks.
But for the vast majority of people who don't use either suite of apps, they'll be able to take advantage of these awesome new software titles – for free.
And while alternatives exist in the Android ecosystem, they're hard to discover or cost a few bucks.
Same thing with Microsoft's Windows app environment.
The productivity apps available to Windows 8 users are neither free nor easy to find. Office 365 requires a subscription – iWork, meanwhile, is free.
So with some new hardware that is supermodel thin and Ferrari-fast, Apple has new software designed to make their products stand out.
Will free productivity apps make you lean toward a certain type of device, such as the new iPad?
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets