Apple launches iPad mini, iPad 4th gen, 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, thin iMac and refreshed Mac mini


Apple just concluded its iPad mini event. iPad mini is no doubt the gem of the media event, but 13 inch MacBook Pro Retina Display and thin iMac are show stealers as well. Here are the summaries:

Numbers & Software

  • 200 million devices running iOS 6 in just 1 month.
  • Over 300 billion iMessages sent at 28,000 messages per second.
  • There are now 125 million documents in iCloud.
  • Over 160 million Game Center accounts.
  • Over 70 million photos shared using Shared Photo Stream, introduced in iOS 6.
  • Over 100 million iPad sold in just 2.5 years.
  • iPad account for more than 90% of web traffic among tablets.
  • New version iBooks 3 available today: support 40 languages, iCloud and share text selection to Twitter/Facebook.
  • New version of iBooks Author in Mac App Store. Includes new templates, new fonts, use your own fonts, math formula. Publisher can push updates to iBooks store directly.

13-inch Retina MacBook Pro

  • 0.75 inch thin, 20 % thinner than normal MacBook Pro.
  • 3.5 pounds, a full pound lighter than normal MacBook Pro.
  • MagSafe 2, dual ThunderBolt ports, SD card, HDMI output, dual USB 3.0. No optical drive.
  • Retina Display at 2,560 x 1,600.
  • Up to 768GB of flash, 8GB of RAM, Core i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge chips, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4, HD 4000 graphics. FaceTime HD camera with 720p recording.
  • Up to 7 hour battery life.
  • Start at $1,699 for base model with 2.5GHz i%, 8GB RAM and 128GB flash.
  • Ships today.
  • Older MacBook Pro stays, starting at $1,199.

Mac mini

  • Refresh with four USB 3.0 ports. SD card reader, HDMI out, Core i5 dual-core or i7 quad-core Ivy Bridge CPUs. Up to 16GB RAM. Up to 1TB HDD or 256GB SSD.
  • Start at $599 for 2.5GHz dual-core CPU, 4GB of RAM and 500GB HDD.
  • A server model starts at $999 with dual 1TB HDD, 2.3GHz Core i7 quad-core CPUs and 4GB of RAM.
  • Ships today.

iMac (8th generation thin design)

  • 5mm at edge. 21.5-inch at 1,920 x 1,080 and and 27-inch at 2,560 x 1,440 IPS LCD. Screen is 75% less reflection due to LCD laminated with screen glass. Each display is calibrated in factory.
  • FaceTime HD 720p camera. Dual mics and left and right speakers.  Core i5 or i7 processors, NVIDIA Kepler graphics, up to 768GB of flash or 3TB HDD. Up to 32GB of RAM. Four USB 3.0 ports, three Thunderbolt ports. No optical drive.  
  • Option for Fusion Drive, a new drive that combine 128GB SSD and 1 or 3 TB HDD in one unit. No configuration required for use in OS X Mountain Lion.
  • 21.5-inch model starts at $1,299 with 2.7GHz i5 CPU, 1TB HDD and 8GB of RAM. Ships in November.
  • 27-inch model starts at $1,799 with 2.9GHz i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and 1TB HDD. Ships in December.

iPad (4th generation)

  • A6X processor that is 2x faster than A5X in CPU and graphics.
  • 10 hours battery life
  • Lightning port. New Lightning accessories for SD, USB, HDMI and VGA.
  • FaceTime HD camera is now 720p.
  • Expanded LTE coverage.
  • Same price as 3rd generation.

iPad mini

  • 7.9 inch screen at 1,024 x 768. Same resolution as iPad 2. Runs all app for iPad.
  • thick. 0.68 pounds. Black and white models.
  • A5 processor. FaceTime HD 720p. 5M iSight camera at the back for 1080p recording.
  • LTE. Dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n WiFI.
  • 10 hours battery life
  • Lightning connector. Headphone port at top.
  • SmartCover for iPad minis.
  • 16GB/32GB/64GB at $329/$429/$519. Add $130 each for LTE options.
  • iPad 2 remains. $329 for 16GB WiFi.
  • iPad mini and iPad 4th gen pre-order starts 26th. WiFi model ships November 2. Cellular model ships two weeks later.