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Apple's Reveal: What Was Missing

Apple showed off new iPads, MacBooks, and applications Tuesday but left out some key improvements we were expecting.

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Apple on Tuesday revealed a slew of new products. It refreshed its iPad tablets, its MacBook Pro laptops, its desktop operating system, and a bevy of its mobile and desktop apps.

Apple's full-size iPad was improved with a thinner and lighter design with a faster processor but the same battery life and same great screen. Apple added a Retina-grade screen to its iPad Mini tablet, which now has a 7.9-inch screen with 2048 by 1536 pixels. That makes it one of the best screens in the market for its size.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro lost weight, size, and was updated with better internals. It's also cheaper than last year's model. The 15-inch MacBook Pro also received a spec bump. Apple finally announced its next-gen Mac Pro, which hits store shelves in December starting at $2,999. Last, Apple said that its new desktop operating system, Mavericks, will be available to Apple customers for free beginning Tuesday.

The company covered a lot of ground, but, as usual, didn't mention a handful of things people were hoping to see. Here's what was missing from Tuesday's event.

TouchID For iPads

Apple introduced the iPad Air and the iPad Mini with Retina display. Both are impressive tablets that are thin and light, but neither adopted the iPhone 5s's TouchID fingerprint sensor.

[ Not everyone is enamored with Apple's latest iPhone. Read Why I Returned My iPhone 5s. ]

Many believed the sensor would be a lock-in for the new iPads. Alas, that wasn't the case. Neither new iPad has the fingerprint sensor and instead uses the same Home button that's been a part of most Apple iOS products.

Camera Improvements

Another feature expected to grace the iPad was an improved camera. In fact, many believed Apple would give both the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina display the same 8-megapixel sensor found in the iPhone 5c. Instead, the iPads will include a 5-megapixel sensor. The new iPad imager includes backside illumination, a five-element lens, f/2.4 aperture, and HDR imaging. The user-facing cameras are limited to 720p HD video capture and 1.2-megapixel images.

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