iPad mini, Retina MacBook Pro, iPad 4, and new iMacs unveiled at Apple event, specs and prices revealed

By on Oct 24, 2012 in Tablet, Technology, United States Comments

The Apple event was held on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 and started at around 1 p.m. ET, as announced earlier. Apple unveiled their new products, including the new Retina MacBook Pro, the iPad mini, the iPad 4, and the new iMacs.

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As shown live at Apple.com on Tuesday afternoon, Apple CEO Tim Cook started the event by talking about the iPhone 5 and showed a video of people all over the world falling in line to buy the latest iPhone. He also announced that there are now 200 million devices being powered by iOS 6, and that 1.5 billion books are now in Apple‘s bookstore.

Later, Phil Schiller, Apple‘s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, unveiled the new 13-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro, which he said is 0.75 inches thick, or 20 percent thinner than the earlier previous version. It weighs 3.5 lbs (1.58 kg), making it the “lightest MacBook Pro ever,” which will cost starting at $1,699 and starts with 12 GB of flash memory.

Among the key features of the new MacBook Pro that Mr. Schiller mentioned include having a high-definition camera for FaceTime videoconferencing camera and dual microphones, an Intel dual-core processor, and a 7-hour battery life. The 15-inch version will start at $2,199, while the non-Retina display costs $1,199.

Schiller also introduced the new Mac Mini, which has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, with Ivy Bridge processors and up to 16 GB of RAM, adding that the Mac Mini with 500 GB storage drive will cost $599, and $999 if the user chooses the one with a media server. The shipment of this new device will start right after the event.

Apple also unveiled the new iMac, which features a new fusion drive and combines a Flash drive and standard hard drive. It is 5 millimeters thick, thinner than the earlier versions. The 21.5-inch iMac with 1 TB hard drive costs $1299 and shipping starts next month, while the 27-inch costs $1799 and shipping will start this December.

After Mr. Cook went back to the stage and discussed the sales of the iPad, which he said had 100 million have been sold in 2 1/2 years; he re-introduced Mr. Schiller, who unveiled the iPad 4, which sports a 9.7-inch Retina display, new Apple-designed A6X chip, FaceTime HD camera, and 10 hours of battery life.

The iPad 4 with Wi-Fi models will also sold starting Friday, November 2, and will be available in black or white for a suggested retail price of $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32GB model and $699 for the 64GB model. The iPad 4 with Wi-Fi + Cellular will be available at AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon.

On the other hand, the smaller iPad, or the so-called iPad mini, sports a 7.9-inch display with 1024 x 768 resolution, a dual-core A5 chip, an HDTV front-side camera, and a 5-megapixel iSight camera on the front. It weighs 0.68 pounds and is 7.2 mm thin, which is 23% thinner than the standard iPad.

The iPad mini with Wi-Fi will be sold starting Friday, November 2 and will cost $329 for the 16GB model, $429 for the 32GB model and $529 for the 64GB model. Models will be available in black & slate or white & silver. Pre-orders for both the iPad 4 and iPad mini will start on Friday, October 26, 2012.

For more information about the new Apple products, Apple posted a press release at Apple.com, where they also listed the countries these latest devices will be made available.

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