Everything You Need to Know About Apple’s iPad Mini Event and Gadget Updates

Apple officially unveiled their iPad Mini today alongside a host of product refreshes to their MacBook Pro line, iMac line, and traditional iPad line.  The iPad Mini seemed to be the star of the event although once the price was announced I think most people, myself included, scratched their heads in amazement at how expensive it is.  To put it into perspective the iPad Mini 16GB model only costs $70 less than a full sized iPad 2 with the same amount of storage.  I was anticipating a much closer price range to the Kindle HD, but as usual Apple has taken the “pay for what you get” route with their new line of iPads.

Supposedly the end goal of the iPad Mini is to get more of these devices into the hands of young students, but I just don’t see the price break when you consider that the iPad 2 isn’t that much more expensive.  This little guy goes on sale for pre-order on October 26th, with a ship date of November 2, 2012.  The Wi-Fi and Cellular model won’t be available until mid-November.

In addition to the iPad Mini reveal Apple also showed off the 13″ MacBook Pro Retina models, which will start around $1699, but can be configured to a point that will cost you over $2000.  These little beasts are available to buy NOW!

They also showed off the new iMac, which has been put on a diet compared to its predecessors.  This thing is tiny, yet sexy, and it’ll make you wonder how they jam all of the technology into its emaciated frame.  This bad boy will not go on sale until November.

Finally, they revealed that there will be a refresh to last Spring’s New iPad, and it will now be called the iPad with Retina display.  This makes it the 4th generation full iPad model, and it will include a faster chip in the A6x, the new Lightning connecter, as well as a HD front facing camera for FaceTime.  It’s still a solid device, but probably not worth upgrading to if you already own The New iPad from last Spring.  If you don’t own and iPad yet, and the Mini doesn’t tickle your fancy, then you may want to pre-order the 4th-gen iPad this Friday, October 26, 2012.

You can check out the highlights of each of these new devices down below.  You’ve been wondering why there’s an iPad Mini now…

iPad Mini

  • 7.87″ Screen
  • .28″ Deep
  • .68 Pounds
  • 1024×768 Resolution
  • Dual-core A5 CPU
  • HD 720P FaceTime Camera with 1.2MP pictures
  • iSight Rear Camera with 1080P recording and 5MP pictures
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Lightning Connector
  • 10-hour battery life
  • Siri enabled
  • Price $329-$659 depending on capacity and cellular inclusion

 iPad 4th Gen aka “iPad with Retina Display”

This is more or less a refreshed version of The New iPad that came out last Spring.  Although, there’s a few pieces of new tech within it.

  • A6X CPU/GPU offering dual core processing and quad core graphics
  • HD 720P FaceTime Camera with 1.2MP pictures
  • Price $499-$829 depending on capacity and cellular inclusion

 13″ MacBook Pro Retina

  • .75″ thin
  • 3.57 pounds
  • Up to 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel i7 CPU
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Up to 768 GB flash storage
  • 2560×1600 resolution
  • 2 x USB 3.0 Ports
  • 2 x Thunderbolt Ports
  • HDMI Port
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • HD FaceTime camera
  • Starts at $1699

The New iMac

  • 21.5″ – 27″ Sizes
  • Quad core i5 or i7 CPU up to a 3.4 GHz quad core i7
  • Up to 32 GB RAM
  • Up to 3 TB HDD or 768 flash storage
  • Nvidia GeForce GT 640 and 650 for 21.5″ models GTX 660, 675, 680 for 27″ models
  • 4 x USB 3.0
  • 2 x Thunderbolt ports
  • Wi-Fi N
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • HD FaceTime camera
  • Starts at $1299

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