The big Apple announcements have been made, and Apple had a very busy day. In case you weren’t in San Jose yesterday (or glued to Twitter), here is what was revealed about Apple’s new releases: the iPad Mini, the new MacBook Pro, the new version of the Mac Mini and redesigned iMacs. Apple even handed over a fourth generation iPad.
The iPad Mini is a 7-inch version of the new iPad.
- A screen that measures 7.9 inches diagonally with 4:3 aspect ratio that makes it looks like it has a bigger viewing area than it really does
- Total screen area of 29.6 square inches
- 23% thinner than the third generation iPad
- The same resolution as the original iPad and iPad 2, at 1,024 x 768 (this allows use of current apps since the smaller screen size will shrink them with no app redesign required)
- 163 pixels per inch
- A5 chip – the same processor used in the iPad 2 and the new iPod Touch.
- Front-facing FaceTime 720p camera, with a 5-megapixel camera in back
- A weight of 10.9 ounces (less than half the weight of the full-size iPad)
- 0.28 of an inch thickness
- The new Lightning connector that first appeared with the iPhone 5
- Color choices of black and white
- Smart covers shrunk to fit and in multiple colors including blue, green, pink and black
iPad mini pricing starts at $329 for the Wi-Fi-only version with 16GB capacity. Wi-Fi-only with more capacity are $429 for 32GB, and $529 for 64GB. Cellular versions run $459 for 16GB, $559 for 32 GB and $659 64GB. Higher capacities and 4G LTE options are also available.
Pre-orders begin Oct. 26. Wi-Fi devices ship Nov. 2. Cellular models arrive two weeks later. Reports say Apple has ordered 10 million iPad Minis from its suppliers to meet demand between now and the holiday season.
New MacBook Pro
The new MacBook Pro computer surprised many with its size.
- A 13-inch retina display
- Three-quarters of an inch thick
- Weighs in a full pound less than the 13″ MacBook Pro
- Screen resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 (higher resolution than the 27″ iMac)
- No optical drive, USB 3.0 and a full HDMI output
- Two Thunderbolt ports
Here are the three basic models of the new 13″ MacBook Pro Retina:
- 2.5 Ghz i5 with 128GB SSD and 8GB of RAM, $1699
- 2.5 Ghz i5 with 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM, $1999
- 2.9 Ghz i7 with 512 SSD and 8GB of RAM, $2199
The MacBook Pro has already begun to ship.
Apple also surprised many with the announcement of a slightly updated fourth-generation, full-sized iPad with a new, twice-as-fast processor.The design is basically the same with a few exceptions.
- The Lightning connector
- A6X system-on-a-chip
- Improved LTE support (adding Sprint to the Verizon and AT&T providers)
The iPad 4 pricing matches that of the new iPad.
Updated Mac Mini computer
Apple modernized its Mac Mini computer with new features and upgrades.
- Hardwear choices are dual or quad-core i5 or i7 processor, with up to 16GB of RAM
- Intel HD graphics 4000
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Either a 1TB HDD or 256GB SSD
The basic Mac Mini model starts at $599 for a 2.5Ghz dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB HDD. The updated Mac mini has already started to ship.
Updated iMac configuration
The iMac was last given a substantial update in 2009. The new version has some of the latest hardware in an unbelievably thin package.
- Configurations include the quad-core i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge processors and up to 32GB of RAM
- Ivy Bridge that provides connectivity with USB 3
- Drive choices - traditional hard drive, an SSD or Apple’s new Fusion Drive (Apple technology that gives a hybrid SSD/traditional HD experience. The most used and disk-intensive apps load from the SSD but your media, movies and music can still exist on a traditional hard drive.)
Here is the pricing for the new iMac models:
- The 21.5″ iMac starts at $1299 for a 2.7 quad-core i5 with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive.
- The 27″ iMac starts at $1799 for a quad core i5 with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive.
- The SSD or Apple’s new Fusion Drive are additional upgrades.
The 21.5″ iMac will go on sale in November. The 27″ iMac will go on sale in December.