ipadmini Apple announces iPad Mini, iPad 4, and revamped Macs

Apple has unveiled the iPad Mini, a new fourth-generation iPad, and updates to its Macbook and iMac ranges.

Apple has unveiled the iPad Mini, a new fourth-generation iPad, and updates to its Macbook and iMac ranges.

 
The smaller device, designed to compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire and other more compact rival tablets, is 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter than the previous iPad model, featuring a smaller 7.9-inch display, compared to the traditional 9.7-inch display of its larger cousin. It is powered by a dual-core A5 processor, comes with a front-facing high-definition FaceTime camera, a 5 megapixel iSight camera on the back, and runs iOS 6.
 
“iPad mini is every inch an iPad. With its gorgeous 7.9-inch display, iPad mini features the same number of pixels as the original iPad and iPad 2, so you can run more than 275,000 apps designed specifically for iPad,” said Philip Schiller, SVP of Worldwide Marketing at Apple. “iPad mini is as thin as a pencil and as light as a pad of paper, yet packs a fast A5 chip, FaceTime HD and 5 megapixel iSight cameras and ultrafast wireless?all while delivering up to 10 hours of battery life.”
 
Prices for the Wi-Fi iPad Mini will start at $329 for a 16GB model, $429 for a 32GB version, and $529 for 64GB. For those who want 4G, they will need to fork out $459, $559, or $659 respectively.
 
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There was a surprise for those at the Apple event, however, when Apple unveiled the iPad 4, only six months after the iPad 3, or “new iPad,” went on sale. This upgrade features the same size screen as the previous models, but packs a faster A6X chip, a high-definition camera for FaceTime, and iOS 6. It also touts a battery life of 10 hours, the same as the previous model.
 
Prices will start at $499 for a 16GB model, $599 for a 32GB model, and $699 for a 64GB model. The 4G version will cost $629, $729, or $829 respectively.
 
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Both the iPad Mini and fourth-generation iPad will be available for pre-order this Friday, 26 October, and will ship on 2 November in the US, most of Europe, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
 
Apple also unveiled a new iMac with Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, a choice of Nvidia GeForce graphics cards, and a standard 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive, which can be upgraded to 32GB of RAM and 3TB of storage. Screen sizes available include 21.5-inches or 27-inches. It also features four USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolt ports. Prices start at $1,299 for the 21.5-inch model and $1,999 for the 27-inch model, and they will be available in November and December respectively.
 
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As if an iPad Mini was not enough, Apple updated the Mac Mini with a choice of Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, a standard 4GB of RAM, upgradeable to 16GB, integrated graphics that is 65 percent faster than previous models, four USB ports and one Thunderbolt port, and a 1TB hard drive. Prices start at $599 for an i5 model and $999 for an i7 model. It is available immediately.
 
Finally, Apple introduced a new version of its 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display. This version is 20 percent thinner and nearly a pound lighter than current models, a 2.5GHz or 2.9GHz i5 or i7 processor, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 8GB of RAM and 758GB of flash storage, two USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolt ports. It is available today and prices start at $1,699.
 
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