Apple iPad Mini Event Overview: New Everything
At Apple’s special event yesterday, new models for many of their products were revealed, including long overdue iMac and Mac Mini models. The event’s main focal point, however, was the official announcement of the iPad Mini, Apple’s first foray into the 7-inch tablet market. On top of the iPad Mini, a fourth-generation iPad was announced, only seven months after the release of the iPad 3. I’m sure this has many iPad 3 users riled up, but with all of Apple products switching to the Lightning interface for connectivity, it makes sense to not leave the iPad out of the show just before the holiday rush.
Below you’ll find a quick overview of everything you’ll need to know about the products announced.
We all knew it was coming and here it is. Available for pre-order on October 26th and releasing on November 2nd, the iPad Mini is Apple’s answer to Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD. It features a 7.9-inch design with 1024×768 resolution with the same dual-core processor as the iPad 2, but with the reduced package, I doubt you’ll be complaining. Battery life is supposedly 10 hours for activities such as web browsing, video, and music, the same as the iPad 3. And just like its big brother it will feature a 5 megapixel back camera with a 1.2 megapixel FaceTime HD camera on the front.
The flavors are of course black and white with storage options the usual 16, 32, and 64 gigabytes.
The lowest price will of course be for the 16GB Wi-Fi version at $329. The bigger 32GB and 64GB versions are priced $429 and $529 respectively. However, LTE connectivity will tack on an extra $130 to each of those prices, meaning the 64GB LTE version will cost you a wallet-gouging $659.
The New iMac
Apple is really taking this whole thin thing to new levels. The new iMac’s design is 80% thinner than the previous model at only 5mm thick with eight pounds being cut from the weight. The base model, available in November and starting at $1299, will feature a 21.5-inch screen, 2.7GHz quad-core Intel i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GT 640M graphics card, and a 1TB harddrive. Its 27-inch big brother will be available in December starting at $1799.
It will also pack four USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolt ports. Buyers will also have the option to upgrade to a new storage feature Apple is calling “Fusion Drive“. This will combine the performance of an SSD with the capacity of a traditional harddrive. Essentially, the Fusion Drive will be used to lower boot times and launch frequently used apps and files faster by learning what you use most and transferring those items to the SSD part of the drive without you even noticing.
The Rest of the Show
iPad 4: Features the new A6X processor, which Apple claims doubles the performance of the A5X chip. This new upgrade, along with the previously mentioned switch to Lightning for connectivity, are the only known upgrades at this time.
Mac Mini: The table-top desktop computer has received an upgrade to Intel’s new Ivy Bridge line of processors with Apple claiming double the performance over the previous model. The new $599 base model received a small upgrade to a 2.5GHz dual-core i5 from 2.3 GHz on last year’s model. The RAM has been doubled from 2GB to 4GB and the graphics have gone from Intel’s integrated HD 3000 to HD 4000. Not sure if that will “double” the performance, but it’s a nice little upgrade for a nice little mac.
13-inch Macbook Pro (Now with Retina!): The new 13-inch Macbook Pro model has been retina’d. It will feature a slightly smaller native resolution than its 15-inch big brother at 2560×1600 compared to 2880×1800. It will also pack a 2.5GHz dual-core i5 processor instead of the 2.3 GHz quad-core i7 featured in the 15-inch base model. Other than that, the only difference is the smaller storage on the base model with 128GB of flash storage instead of 256GB. However, these differences have knocked $500 off the price with the new 13-inch base model starting at $1699.