The 2013 iPad launch event is long over, but you can still watch it online if you want. And if you will watch closely, you will notice a few surprises along the way. No, we are not talking about the fact that the new iPad Mini is going to be slightly bulkier but more powerful nor do we intend to surprise you with the new announced iPad Air and iPad Mini 2 smart covers and cases. Here are five things that surprised and some of them even managed to delight us:
- new name - iPad Air is a refresh to the branding of Apple's tablets and we must agree it definitely sounds better than iPad 5. After all, some people were wondering how will we call an iPad released twenty years from now - iPad 25?
- T-Mobile uncarrier iPad data plan - T-Mobile users will find this little treat most welcome. The carrier is giving away 200 MB of data without charge when you purchase an iPad with T-Mobile LTE built-in
- free software and apps - Apple is a company that likes to put a premium pricing on its well-designed products. But this time we're being pleasantly surprised that OS X Mavericks is available for free even for users that are looking to upgrade from Snow Leopard. Not only that, but iWork and iLife are also free to new users on OS X and iOS.
- old iPad 2 gets to stay - Apple decided that it can squeeze some sales from the iPad 2, making it available for $399. This the single unpleasant surprise, as you're probably going to be more interested by some discounted refurbished iPad units.
- collaboration in iWork - iWork for iCloud will have collaboration tools like Google Docs letting multiple users edit a document in Pages, Keynote, or Numbers.