Apple Announces New Macs And New iPads

Today was another one of those days where Apple had one of their famous media events. Here’s what they announced:

The MacBook Pro 13″ with Retina Display dumps the optical drive to limit thickness and weight. But it adds a new 2,560 x 1,600 pixel retina display. It’s 20% thinner and weighs 3.57 pounds. Inside there’s flash storage (up to 768 GB), Intel dual-core Ivy Bridge processors, and Intel HD Graphics 4000. The starting price is $1699 and you can get it today.

The new iMac is a major change. It’s much thinner computer with a brand new Fusion Drive that combines flash storage and a traditional disk-based hard drive to maximize both speed and capacity. Speaking of drives, there’s no optical drive on this computer as well. It will come with both 21.5-inch and 27-inch displays.

The Mac Mini gets bumped with new processors, including quad-core chips on the high end, as well as new build-to-order RAM options of up to 16 GB. Pricing remains the same as the prior generation Mac Mini models, starting at $599. The interesting thing is that you can get it with Apple’s new Fusion Drive technology, which seamlessly integrates a traditional 1 TB hard drive with 128 GB of fast flash storage for both speed and capacity. Pricing remains the same at $599 to start.

There’s a new iPad with a faster A6X chip and the new Lightning connector that is on the iPhone 5 along with LTE and better WiFi. You’ll get 10 hours of battery life. The Wi-Fi configuration will begin shipping November 2, with the LTE configuration following 2 weeks later in the US, and then following in other countries. The starting price is $499. To add to that, there’s the iPad Mini which comes with a 7.9 inch display, a dual-core A5 processor, a Facetime HD camera on the front and a 5-megapixel camera on the rear, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity with an option for LTE. You still get 10 hours of battery life in a much smaller package. Starting price is $329. This should add to the 100 million or so iPads that they’ve already sold.

One minor point. iBooks 3.0 was also announced today as well. IT now supports more than 40 languages and features a new “continuous scrolling” reading option for those who prefer scrolling over page-turning. There’s iCloud support which not only syncs your page turns, but all your purchased iBookstore books over your various devices. It should show up in the App Store soon.

So, what will you be running out to get? Post a comment and let us know.

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