Apple’s iPad mini event round-up: everything you have to know!

The iPad mini event is over and much have been talked about especially on all the products Apple introduces in one event! We have a list of products Apple shows to the world in the event and iPad Mini, the long awaited iPad Mini is one of them. Yes, there are also iMacs and MacBooks. Chill.

Everything about the event was awesome, but there is only one let down when Apple introduces the iPad 4th gen. The 3rd generation iPad is just out for 7-8 months and we all expect Apple to have a minor refresh on the iPad (like what happened to iPad 2 last year) but the refresh is too much to be considered minor. This will make some iPad 3 owner to be pissed but some says they would be happy with their iPad 3 and saving on lightning adapters.

Rather than going all over the internet for all the post about the Apple event, we found an awesome round-up of the event by Cult of Mac which gives a complete round-up of the event. Enjoy!

Here’s everything that Apple announced at today’s keynote:

Everything Apple Announced At Today’s iPad Mini Event [Mega-Roundup]

iPad Mini

  • 7.9-inch screen with 1024-by-768 resolution
  • New aluminum glass enclosure
  • 23% thinner than 4th gen iPad at 7.2mm thin
  • 0.68 lbs (half the weight of the 4th gen iPad)
  • Dual-core A5 chip
  • FaceTime HD camera
  • 5MP iSight camera on the back
  • LTE wireless with 802.11a/b/g/n dual-band WiFi
  • Lightning connector
  • 10-hour battery life
  • Comes in black and white models
  • 16GB Wifi starts at $329
  • Pre-orders start October 26th
  • Wifi models available in stores Nov. 2nd. Wifi+4G available mid-November
Everything Apple Announced At Today’s iPad Mini Event [Mega-Roundup]

iPad (fourth generation)

  • A6X processor doubles CPU and graphics performance
  • 10 hours of battery life
  • FaceTime camera is 720p
  • Retina display
  • Lightning connector supported, and 802.11a/b/g/n dual-band WiFi and LTE
  • Black and white models available
  • 16GB Wifi starts at $499
  • Preorders start October 26th

Everything Apple Announced At Today’s iPad Mini Event [Mega-Roundup]

13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

  • 20% thinner than previous model at 0.75 inches thick
  • 3.5lbs. Lightest MacBook Pro ever
  • No optical drive, 2 Thunderbolt ports, MagSafe 2, SD Card slot, HDMI out and 2 USBs
  • Retina display is 13.3 inch on the diagonal and a 2560 x 1600 resolution
  • Up to 768GB of flash storage, 8GB of RAM, Intel HD 4000 graphics, and Bluetooth 4.0
  • 7 Hour battery life
  • Starting price is $1699
  • Ships today

Everything Apple Announced At Today’s iPad Mini Event [Mega-Roundup]

New iMacs

  • 5mm thin at the edge
  • 45% thinner display is laminated to the glass with 75% less reflection
  • 27-inch and 21.5 inch models available
  • FaceTime HD camera, Dual microphones, and stereo speakers
  • Up to 768GB flash storage, 32GB of RAM, Core i5 or i7 processor and NVIDIA graphics
  • Four USB 3.0, three Thunderbolt ports
  • Fusion Drive combines 128GB Flash storage and either 1 or 3TB HDD
  • 21.5-inch iMac starts at $1299, 27-inch iMac $1799
  • 21.5-inch available in November, 27-inch iMac available in December

Everything Apple Announced At Today’s iPad Mini Event [Mega-Roundup]

Mac mini

  • New base of 2.5 GHz quad-core i7 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • Dual 1TB HDDs
  • Starts at $599
  • Available today

Everything Apple Announced At Today’s iPad Mini Event [Mega-Roundup]

iBooks

  • New continuous reading option
  • More iCloud integration saves the spot you were reading
  • Sharing features available for Facebook and Twitter
  • 40 new languages supported
  • Available today

 iBooks Author

  • New templates
  • Embedded fonts for custom look
  • Mathematical expressions can be directly rendered
  • Multi-Touch widgets
  • iBooks updates can grab latest version of textbooks
  • Available today as a free download

Everything Apple Announced At Today’s iPad Mini Event [Mega-Roundup]

Numbers

  • 5 Million iPhone 5 units were sold the first weekend (most ever)
  • 3 Million iPods have been sold so far
  • 200 Million devices have been updated to iOS 6
  • 300 Billion iMessages have been sent in the last year
  • 275,000 iPad Apps in the App Store now
  • 35 Billion Apps have been downloaded
  • $6.5 Billion has been paid to developers for their apps
  • 1.5 Million books available via iBooks
  • 100 Million iPads sold
  • iPad accounts for 90% of tablet web traffic
  • iBooks Textbooks are now available for 80% of high school core curriculum
  • 94% of Fortune 500 businesses are deploying iPad programs

 

Well, we think the iMac is mouth watering and so do the iPad mini, looking at the awesome pricing. What do you think? Which is your favorite product announced?

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Apple’s event on 23rd October 2012: What to expect!

Apple will be having an event on 23rd October 2012 on 1p.m (1 a.m 24th Oct 2012 for Malaysia) which will focus on some “little” things like the invitation below suggested. They have a little more to show us and we are expecting the iPad mini. What else? But along with that, we also expect some other minis like the new Mac mini, 13-inch MacBook Pro with retina display (mini is a way) and some other announcement. Read on for more!

click here to see what else the invitation suggest!

 

iPad Mini:

The likely star of the event will be the iPad Mini. The 7.85-inch 4:3 screen will be the focus of the attention but the $329 (hopefully below RM1000) starting price that we revealed will draw a lot of attention.  We expect the same 1024×768 resolution as the iPad 2 but, at $329, Apple could probably squeeze a Retina Display with the same PPI as the iPhone 4+ on it. As for internal specs, that $329 price point means that Apple doesn’t have to skimp on specs. Expect a very fast A5X or A6 (perhaps built on a smaller die).

We also expect this to be a centerpiece for education initiatives that will be showcased at the event. The thin, lightweight design, huge iPad apps and iBooks libraries and other features will make this thing a no-brainer for students. It wouldn’t hurt Apple’s cause to have some big name universities signed up for the launch.  We’ve already heard about big school discounts being planned as well as some new cases.

iPad Lightning:

We’ve also seen prices for and shells of a third generation iPad with Lightning adapter instead of the 30-pin adapter. We don’t know all of the details but can speculate that Apple could take the refreshing opportunity to upgrade the LTE chip to a lower power version and could even upgrade to a thinner screen and battery, thereby making the new iPad as thin as the iPad 2, if not thinner. A smaller SoC die could also cool things off and require smaller batteries.

Apple did a refresh on iPad 2 last year with a faster chip around this time. This wont be a replacement or the next generation model or it will piss off all the people who bought the iPad 3. Prices will remain the same for the new refreshed iPad.

13-inch Retina MacBook Pro:

Another major product to be unveiled at tomorrow’s event is the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display that we told you about earlier this month. The update is expected to mirror the 15-inch Retina model introduced in June with a thinner and lighter enclosure, two configurations with different processor and storage options, and is expected to be available to purchase shortly after tomorrow morning’s unveiling. Our sources also indicated that, like the 15-inch MacBook lineup following the Retina model’s introduction, Apple will keep the current non-Retina version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro at current prices. The 13-inch Retina Macbook Pro will of course be priced slightly higher than the current 13-inch lineup. We have also received pricing details for the device, with the base model coming in at $1,699 and the higher spec model at $200-$300 more. You can convert the price yourself if you are interested. But this is certainly an highly anticipated product for this event!

Mac Mini:

A refreshed Mac mini lineup is also likely to make an appearance tomorrow. We’re not sure how much of a focus the the minis will be with the other big announcements, but there is a possibility they will be mentioned alongside the education announcements that many expect. We do, however, have details on the upgraded models. The new Mac minis will likely keep similar pricing, starting at $599, of the current models, but will also receive RAM upgrades allowing for up to 16GB. Apple will offer two configurations for the new Mac minis and also keep a third OS X server model. Other possibilities include updated chipsets and USB 3.0.

iMac:

As noted above, at least some of the new iMacs we told you about previously might be seeing a bit of a delay, but it’s unclear what that means for their presence tomorrow. We know Apple has two refreshed models for the current 21-inch and 27-inch variants, but we have also heard at least some varieties of the new models will not be ready to ship directly after launch. As for what you can expect in the upgraded iMacs, we have discovered upgraded RAM options allowing for 2 x 8GB of RAM, which would allow for up to 32GB across the iMac’s 4 slots. Our sources expect to see similar pricing to the current iMacs (starting at $1199), with slightly cheaper pricing for some countries on the higher spec models. We sure hope that the iMacs will be announced in the event. It will make the event awesome!

Education/iBooks 3.0:

While rumors that we will see iTunes 11 release tomorrow aren’t too shocking given Apple announced an October release date back in September, there is a possibility Apple has some software related announcements in store. With iPad mini’s $329 price point and Tim Cook’s promise to be aggressive at getting iPads into schools, it’s likely we will see an education focus during the presentation. A few reports have heard the same, and we recently saw “iBooks 3.0″ listed for a book on iTunes. We wouldn’t be shocked to see enhancements to iBooks and or apps/textbooks designed specifically for the 7-inch display demoed by Apple execs. The iBookstore today became available in 17 more countries, a fact that probably won’t go unnoticed tomorrow.

Other small stuff:

There are at least two more iOS cables Apple will release tomorrow.  We believe that these could be VGA/HDMI video adapters, new camera kits or they could be docking connectors (though Schiller said no iPhone 5 docks).  We’ll likely know before the event starts.

Apple will likely announce and/or release iOS 6.01 with various bugfixes and enhancements. (YAY!)

It is also interesting to note that Yerba Buena, where Apple often holds its events, is available for tomorrow’s event. If so, it would indicate that Apple chose the California Theatre – a movie theater – for its size or other features. That might make for an interesting show. We might find out why they actually decided to choose the California Theatre for this event.

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Will Microsoft’s Surface kill off Apple’s iPad?

Since the Surface for Windows was unveiled, many tech bloggers and writers were writing about how the Surface will make the iPad and MacBook Air obsolete or how the Surface will kill of the iPad and many other stories. I personally thinks that the Surface is one hell of a device which is both powerful and beautiful. But my say in it killing of iPad and MacBook Air? I do not see it coming.

First of all, the Surface still does not have any information on when it will be available and how much will it cost. These are very critical to see where the device will stand in the race to be the top tablet or ultrabook. Even though the Surface have this powerful and convenient TouchCover with a full keyboard which makes the line between a PC and a tablet thinner, no one has actually tested it out and no one can say how good will it be until someone has actually touched and used it. During the unveiling of the Surface, the TouchCover, there was actually no demo of the cover and developers are not allowed to test the covers. I think it is still in a developing or testing stage and I do hope that it will be great when the Surface is available in the market.

Another point is the fact that the Windows app ecosystem is nowhere near the iOS appstore ecosystem. For me, the success of mobile device does strongly based on the apps availability because apps are the things that makes a portable device useable and functional. Seeing the apps available for Windows, the Surface have no chance of dethroning the iPad. But for sure it will be a great alternative and a awesome competition.

But I am impressed with the Surface although I think the TouchCover highly resembles the iPad’s SmartCover and the stand won’t be that useful like what Microsoft claims it will be because most people or maybe everyone will want to have a casing for it for protection. It will cost you a fortune and you will surely want to take good care of it.

What do you guys think?

Below is a video that shows the similarity between the keynote when Steve Jobs unveils the iPad and the keynote from Microsoft for the Surface. Have fun!

Click here for more info about the Surface.

Watch Microsoft Surface Keynote if you still haven’t

If you just know about the Microsoft Surface for Windows, the new tablet by Microsoft which suppose to have the capability to overcome the barrier between PCs and tablets, you should watch this video. It is the keynote from the event where Microsoft unveils their very first tablet. Surface. Sit back and enjoy!

This video will take up around 50mins of your time…but it is worth your time…I guess.

For more about the new tablet from Microsoft, click here.

 

Lenovo’s K800: first Intel Medfield smartphone, Motorola will be second [CES 2012]

Intel promises us a smartphone of its own early this year and here we have it. The Lenovo K800 is Intel’s first Medfield smartphone to hit the market and China will be first to get it. During Intel’s keynote in CES 2012, they reveal that the K800 will be the first Intel-powered smartphone with Android 4.0. The device packs a 4.5-inch 720p display and will be shipping in Q2 this year. And the device look kinda nice and classy but the UI does not really look so good.

With that, Motorola and Intel also formed a partnership and announced it in CES 2012 that they will be in a multi-year, multi-device agressment which will see the Medfield powering the coming Motorola smartphones only after the Lenovo K800.

With this, we shall see how many phone manufacturers will be taking up the Intel chip and dropping Qualcomm and NVIDIA.

What do you think?

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