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Apple Introduces the iPad Mini and Four Other Upgraded Products

Apple released a whopping five new products at its special event in San Jose today. At the top of the list is the ultra-hyped iPad Mini, which released today as a breath of relief to rumor mills around the globe. In addition was a 4th gen iPad, a new Mac mini, retina Macbook Pro, and a really really thin iMac. If you missed the live product release then this is the recap you’ve been looking for. Check out the details for each product below!

The iPad Mini

Not to be outdone by the Kindle Fire and Google Nexus 7, Apple is attempting to enter into the 7-inch category of tablets. However it faces quite a few challenges, including a higher price tag. The iPad Mini starts at $330 for the 16GB version and only goes up from there. This brings it close to twice the cost of its Android counterparts after tax. The Mini also doesn’t feature any other new tech, as it is comprised mostly of the same parts found in the old iPad 2.

Technical Specs

  • .68 pounds (Half the weight of the normal iPad)
  • 7.2mm thick
  • 7.9 inch display / 1,024×768 resolution
  • 512MB Ram
  • A5 Processor (same processor from the iPad 2)
  • Same new Lighting port as the iPhone 5
  • 5 megapixel rear camera / FaceTime HD front camera
  • $330 for 16GB / add $130 for the 4G LTE version
  • Pre-order begins Friday October 26, 2012. (The same day as Windows 8 release)

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iPad 4th Generation

If you just ordered “the new iPad” (3rd generation) only a few months ago, don’t expect any pity from Apple. The iPad 3rd generation has now been discontinued and is being replaced by the snappier 4th gen. The iPad 2 will stick around for a while maintaining the $400 price tag it has had for the past 6 months.

Technical Specs

  • Same size and weight as the iPad 3rd gen, as far as we know
  • New Lightning connector (as found in the iPhone 5)
  • 9.7-inch display / 2048 x 1536 resolution
  • New A6X processor (Apple claims is twice as powerful in CPU and GPU function vs A6)
  • Price starts at $500 / add $130 for 4G LTE

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Super Slim iMac

Just when I thought tablets were getting thin, Apple managed to cram a desktop computer into its new and unbelievably slim iMac. We aren’t talking just a small decrease in body size, this is a 80% drop in thickness. Somebody call The Biggest Loser, we have a new winner here! It looks like Apple has gone an unusual route and stuck a mobile video card into the desktop, but it pays off in size. The optical drive has also been removed.

There’s both a 21-inch and a 27-inch model available. The desktops include a new Fusion drive which in the basic model offers 128GB of flash storage that the OS and core apps are stored on, and files and apps can be transferred to it with ease. In other words, the Fusion drive takes care of what a solid state disk normally would. Both models can be upgraded to an i7 processor, a 3TB HDD, 765GB Flash storage, and 32GB of ram at an additional cost.

Technical Specs

21-inch model

  • 2.7GHz quad-core i5
  • 21.5-inch display / 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 5mm thickness at edge (thicker in center)
  • 8GB RAM
  • GeForce GT640M GPU
  • 1TB HDD
  • $1299
27-inch model

  • 2.9GHz quad-core i5
  • 27-inch display / 2560×1440 resolution
  • 5mm thickness at edge (thicker in center)
  • 8GB RAM
  • GeForce GTX660M
  • 1TB HDD
  • $1799

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New Retina Macbook Pro

Apple has a new Retina Macbook Pro in town. The previous models will still be available, and prices will be lightly dropped. Surprisingly, the 13-inch Macbook Pro isn’t offering a dedicated GPU but features onboard graphics instead. Both models can be upgraded up to 768 GB storage at an additional cost.

Technical Specs

13-inch

  • 19mm thick while closed
  • Weighs 3.5 pounds
  • Ivy Bridge i5 2.5GHz Dual-Core CPU
  • 13-inch display / 2560 x 1600 resolution
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB Flash storage
  • $1699
15-inch

  • 18mm thick while closed
  • Weighs 4.5 pounds
  • Ivy Bridge 17 2.3GHz quad-core CPU
  • 8GB RAM (16GB available with upgrade)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5
  • 256GB Flash Storage
  • $2199

 

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Mac Mini

Available in a basic OS X or OSX server edition, Apple has fiercely upgraded Mac Mini to boost it with twice the performance. Can be upgraded to 16GB of RAM, and the 1TB HDD can be replaced with a 256GB SSD for an additional price.

Technical Specs

Basic Edition

  • 2.5GHz dual-core i5 (Ivy Bridge)
  • 4GB RAM
  • 500GB HDD
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • $599
Server Edition

  • 2.3GHz quad-core i7 (Ivy Bridge)
  • 4GB RAM
  • 2TB HDD (made up from two 1TB HDDs)
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • $999

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And that’s all!

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7 Responses to Apple Introduces the iPad Mini and Four Other Upgraded Products

  1. Austin Krause October 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    If you ask me the iPad mini is a total sham! It’s basically a 7-inch iPad 2!

    The way I look at it is, it’s $330 + tax, which comes out to $360 because there are Apple stores in every state.

    At this price point I could almost buy 2 Kindle Fire HD’s, or 2 Nexus 7 tablets, or the new Asus Transformer which is 5x the tablet that this one is.

    The screen, CPU, and GPU are all inferior to the Fire HD and Nexus 7 as well. I can’t comprehend this price point. If Apple had matched Amazon and Google, then maybe… but right now it’s just a premium price for almost 2 year old tech.

    • Hammad October 24, 2012 at 12:18 am #

      I am disappointed. The only thing i like is the new iMac. Rest of the things didnt impress me that much.

    • Steve Krause October 25, 2012 at 8:38 am #

      Ya know… I’m going to go against the grain on this one. ;)

      As a person who mainly just wants to surf the web, read email, read books and play a game here and there, I honestly don’t care too much that that the hardware is inferior. To me, it doesn’t make that much difference since I’m not playing CPU or GPU intensive games. I just want something that can do the things I need and not cost me $1000.00.

      For me, the iPad Mini does all that AND, I get to stay within the ecosystem I’ve already bought into with my iPhone and previous iPad and my kids iPod. Not only can I now give my ipad (Which I’ve always thought to too large to carry to work and back which is why it normally is kept at the house) to my wife, but now I can get a mini and keep it in my backpack with all the same Apps I already own.

      So, I like it. I won’t say I’m “excited”, it’s a gadget after-all .. but I will be one of those who will end up buying it shortly after release.

      • Austin Krause October 25, 2012 at 8:51 am #

        >mainly just wants to surf the web, read email, read books

        But the Kindle Fire HD can do all of these things, and faster, for only $200. If you have an Amazon Prime account then you’re automatically part of the ecosystem that gets you access to everything for little to no cost. This includes free premium books every month, and a free Netflix alternative (Amazon Prime Streaming + Lending Library). I also have to talk about the speakers on the Kindle Fire HD, they are amazingly better than any other tablet or phone I’ve heard so far.

        Brian lightly touched on the quality of the speakers in his review: http://www.groovypost.com/reviews/amazon-kindle-fire-hd-7-inch/

        And regarding web browsing, the iPad is pretty much stuck with Safari. I’ve yet to see Apple allow a fully-equipped alternative in the App Store. (e.g. It has Opera Mini, but it won’t allow Opera Mobile) The iOS version of Chrome is also far inferior to that on Android or PC. Not long ago Lifehacker (http://lifehacker.com/5927910/five-best-ios-web-browsers)had a poll run on the top 5 iOS browsers, and Chrome beat Safari by almost double the votes. I think that says a lot for the quality of Safari – especially considering the iOS Chrome is sluggish in comparison.

        On the Kindle Fire HD you can install any Android browser you want, although I’ll be the first to admit that Amazon’s default Silk browser isn’t anything worth talking about.

  2. Steve Krause October 25, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    From a hardware standpoint, Apple is once again setting the bar with that iMac. It looks incredible. Thinner than most laptops and even TV’s yet it’s a full computer. I wonder how long it will take Sony or Samsung to do something similar and start shipping their TV’s as a full computer. Hmm..

    • Austin Krause October 25, 2012 at 8:39 am #

      Totally agree, the new iMac is friggin awesome.

      Still too expensive though for what you’re getting in terms of raw computing power. While impressive, the specs -especially the video card- will be outdated in 6 months and it can’t be upgraded at all (the 27-inch has user serviceable RAM slots, but that’s it!)

      As someone who recently got into Adobe Premier, After Effects, and Autocad 3DS Maya -I’d have to pass on it. But it’s great for the normal consumer or a rich college student.

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