The Brand New iPad Mini Is Here

October 24, 2012

Just about a month removed from its big iPhone 5 announcement, Apple unleashed another torrent of product announcements for its big iPad Mini event on Tuesday. In addition to the brand new iPad Mini, Apple announced specs, prices, and details on a new iMac, the new Retina 13" Macbook Pro, a new Mac Mini, and much more.It was all almost overwhelming, but All Access has compiled all the information you need into this useful compendium. Let's start first with the big news.

The iPad Mini

Pre-orders begin this Friday, October 26th, and the units will start shipping on November 2nd. The iPad Mini boasts a 7.9" display with a 1024x768 resolution, but what's really impressive is that it truly lives up to the "mini" moniker, coming in 53% lighter and 23% thinner than the 4th generation model of the iPad. The iPad Mini won't lose anything in terms of performance, running on a dual-core A5 processor. Prices start at $329 for the base Wi-Fi 16MB model, $429 for the 32GB, and $529 for the 64GB. It's also available at LTE starting at $459 for the 16GB, $559 for the 32GB, and $659 for the 64GB model.Like all other new products, it'll use the (somewhat conterversional) new Lightning connectors.

Notable Specs:

  • 7.9" display, 1024x768 resolution
  • 0.68 pounds, 7.2mm thick
  • Dual-core A5 processor
  • 5-megapixel iSight camera
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • 10-hour battery life

The New iMac

In an age where desktops seem to be a forgotten relic from decades past, Phil Schiller sounded as astonished as the crowd was when he presented the new iMac.

"There's a whole computer in there," he said, displaying the new 5mm thick iMac that's 80% thinner than its predecessors.

Astonishingly thin and sleekly designed, the new iMac sort of became the breakout news item of the presentation, arguably overshadowing the announcement of the iPad Mini. It'll operate off what was referred to as a Fusion Drive that combined 128 GB of flash storage with 1 to 3 TB of hard drive "fused together by software."

The 21.5" model starts at $1,299 and ships in November. The 27" model starts at $1,799 and ships in December.

Notable Specs:

  • Resolution - 21.5" has 1920x1080, 27" 2560 x 1440
  • Quad-core 2.7GZ i5 & i7 processors
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 75% less screen relflection
  • HD Camera
  • Dual mics, stereo sound system
  • Upwards of 32GB of RAM and 768GB of flash storage
  • 4 USB 3.0 ports and 2 Thunderbolt ports

Retina 13" Macbook Pro

Also announced as a new 13" Macbook Pro, coming in at $500 cheaper than its previous 15" predecessor along with some enhancements, which include 75% less screen reflection, 29% higher contrast ratio, and a 0.75" thickness (coming in at 3.57 pounds) that makes it 20% thinner. It also boasts seven hours of battery life.

The new Retina 13" Macbook Pro, which ships today with the Mountain Lion OS, starts at $1,699 up to $1,999 for the 256GB model. There are also options to upgrade up to a 2.9 GHz Dual Core Intel i7 Processor and 768GB of flash storage.

Notable Specs:

  • 2560 x 1600 resolution, 227 pixels per inch
  • HD camera with 720p recording capability
  • 178 degree viewing angle
  • 128 GB of SSD
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
  • 2 Thunderbolt ports and 2 USB 3.0 ports
  • HDMI
  • SD card slot

The New Mac Mini

Also shipping today: a new Mac Mini, which is being touted as an affordable but still powerful option. Base models start at $599 and come eequipped with a 2.5 GHz dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB storage space. A Server Model with a 2.3 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM, and dual 1TB HDDs is available for $999.

Apple also boasted it as eco-friendly, consuming only 11 watts when idle, which they called its most efficient ever.

Notable Specs:

  • 4 USB 3.0 ports
  • SD card reader, HDMI
  • Core i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge chips
  • Up to 16GB Rams
  • Up to 1TB HDD or 256GB pf SSD
  • 2.5 GHz spec, 4GB of RAM & 500GB HDD for $599

Other news - new iPad with a new A6X Processor; now available Sprint

Apple also announced that along with improved LTE support, the new iPad and iPad Mini will be available for Sprint in addition to the current Verizon and AT&T. No prices were announced, but Sprint promised to release info on what it described as "affordable data plans" within the coming days.

They also announced that the new iPad would be powered by an A6X processor, which is double the performance of the A5X in terms of both CPU processing and graphics.

Apple by the Numbers

Apple tossed out a litany of numbers throughout their presentation yesterday:

  • 15% - the growth in Mac sales over the past year.
  • 2,500 - the number of schools in the US that have classrooms using iBook textbooks
  • 275,000 - the number of apps designed for the iPad
  • 1.5 million - The number of books available in the iBookstore
  • 3 million - the number of iPods sold since their relaunch
  • 5 million - the number of units Apple sold for the iPhone 5 in the first weekend alone
  • 125 million - number of documents in the iCloud as of 2 weeks ago
  • 100 million - iPads sold as of two weeks ago
  • 200 million - the number of devices have upgraded to iOS 6 this month
  • 400 million - the number of books downloaded from the iBookstore
  • $6.5 billion - the amount of money paid out to developers from app sales
  • 35 billion - the number of app downloads so far
  • 300 billion - messages sent using iMessage (28,000 per second)

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