This evening’s Apple Keynote speech in San Jose saw the company announce the eagerly awaited new iPad Mini. The new 7.9-inch iPad mini starts at $329 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model. The 32GB Wi-Fi model comes in at $429 and the $64GB is $529. Adding cellular capacity to a model will take the cost up by $130.
It has a resolution of 1,024 x 768 pixels. It is just 7.2mm thin and weighs just .68pounds! It has a dual-core A5-processor, a Facetime HD camera on the front and a 5-megapixel camera on the rear. Some models will be available with 4G LTE cellular connectivity and others will just come with Wi-Fi as standard. Despite being so much smaller and thinner than the larger iPads, the mini still boasts the same 10 hours of battery life as the other models.
It has the same resolution as the iPad 2 which is good news for app developers who will not have to modify their existing apps in order to make them work on the iPad Mini.
Anandtech offers this hands on video:
Pre-ordering for the iPad Mini begins on Friday 26th October. The Wi-Fi models will be the first to be shipped, going out on November 2nd. Fanboys will have to wait a further 2 weeks for shipping of cellular models to begin.
Apple also announced lighter, thinner iMac models which come complete with Fusion Drive that Apple claim will greatly improve their speed and performance. The Fusion drive contains both flash storage and traditional disk-based hard drive.
The new improved iMac comes in 2 different display sizes; 21.5-inch and 27-inch with a fully laminated design to greatly improve the optical quality.
The 21.5-inch iMac that comes with 2.7GHz quad-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive will begin shipping in November and costs a cool $1,299. The 27-inch iMac which is much the same but for a 2.9GHz quad-core i5 processor starts shipping in December and costs $1,799.
Before announcing the fourth generation iPad complete with Lightning Connector, Apple announced that just two weeks prior to the event they had sold 100 million iPads and they were dedicated to the continued advancement of the product.
The 4th generation iPad is available in black and white and has the same storage and pricing configurations as its 3rd generation predecessor.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display was also debuted. The new model has a retina display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels and is 20% thinner than its predecessor. It is also lighter, weighing just 3.57 pounds. The updated Macbook Pro offers flash storage, Intel dual-core Ivy Bridge processors and Intel HD Graphics 4000.
The Verge offers this hands on video:
A 13-inch retina display MacBook Pro with 128 GB flash drive and 8 GB of Ram starts at $1,699.