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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If iPad Mini is Batman in the upcoming Apple event, 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display will be Robin. Or the other way round?

The smaller iPad may be the star of Apple’s rumored Oct. 23rd invitation-only event, but it will have an impressive supporting cast. Curious?

Sources familiar with Apple’s plans tell AllThingsD that the company plans to unveil a smaller version of its MacBook Pro with Retina Display, as well. News of Apple’s plans to show off the device next week was first reported by 9to5Mac.

A 13-inch version of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display that debuted in June, will feature the same thin chassis, all-Flash storage and a 2,560 by 1,600 pixel density display comparable to the 2880 by 1800 display of its predecessor, sources say. No word yet on price, though it will obviously be a bit less than the $2,199 baseline price of the 15-incher. With the pricing of the iPad mini being very impressive, we really hope that the pricing of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display will impress us as well.

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Apple WWDC 2012: Which liveblog to follow? [WWDC 2012]

The Apple WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) 2012 will start in a few hours time and many people are really excited on what will be announced this time around. Especially when the ticket to this year’s WWDC got sold out in the 1st 2 hours it went on sale. Tim Cook does asked everyone of us to expect more from Apple despite the passing of the one and only Steve Jobs. Lets now just sit back and see how and what Apple will do to or rather Tim Cook will do to show the world he is indeed the rightful one to be the CEO of Apple. iOS 6 will certainly be announced. Click here to know more on what we expected to be announced in WWDC 2012.

These are the few live blog available for you to follow all the actions. Engadget will be our personal favorite.

Liveblogs:

Engadget

CultofMac

9to5mac

Gizmodo

 

Or you can stay tuned with littlegeeko with all the essential updates on WWDC 2012!!

Everything We Expect Apple To Announce At WWDC 2012

On Monday, Tim Cook will take the stage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco for Apple’s annual WWDC keynote, and if the rumor mill is to be believed, he’ll be hard pressed to fit everything Cupertino is ready to announce into its 90 minute presentation. We’re looking at massive upgrades to the entire Mac line, the official unveiling of iOS 6, loads of new apps, and maybe possibly even our first glimpse of the iPhone 5 and Apple HDTV.

Here’s what we think Apple will (and won’t) announce on Monday, ranked in order of likelihood.

 

Almost Definitely Happening

New Ivy Bridge Macs: It looks almost certain that almost every Mac out there will see at least a minor update at WWDC. Intel has finally released its next-generation Ivy Bridge chips, and there’s a chip that is perfect for almost every Mac model, from the venerable iMac to the MacBook Air.

New, Slimmer MacBook Pros: Expect Apple’s MacBook Pro line to undergo a major revision, ditching their antiquated optical drives in favor of a slimmer form factor and better battery life.

USB 3.0 Coming To Macs: Steve Jobs may have been skeptical that USB 3.0 would ever take off, but the new Ivy Bridge processors Apple is using will finally support the protocol. It’s a given the new Macs will be updated accordingly.

iOS 6 Unveiled: See our guide on what we expect from iOS 6 for more details, but in short: Apple will ditch Google Maps, rebuilt most of the core apps from the ground up, slap on a new silver coat of paint, add Facebook integration, and upgrade Siri, amongst other improvements.

Mountain Lion Release Date: The next version of OS X, Mountain Lion, has already been scheduled to release in late summer. Expect Apple to name an actual date.

The Resurrection Of The Mac Pro: The Mac Pro line hasn’t been updated for two years, but Apple’s not going to kill it. They know they need it: losing the Mac Pro means losing the video, audio and graphic professionals who helped establish OS X to begin with. It topples a domino that could reverberate through the entire Mac line. Apple will finally update the Mac Pros, but don’t expect Ivy Bridge. They will use Sandy Bridge Xeon E5 series processors because of voltage and yield problems in the Ivy Bridge server class line. In addition, the new Mac Pros will feature SATA III/SAS compatibility, and will be upgraded to Thunderbolt and USB 3.0.

Probably Happening

Retina Display Macs: OS X has supported ultra high-resolutions for a while now, but it’s widely believed that at WWDC 2012, the Mac line will get ultra high-res displays, similar to the iPhone and iPad. Many predict that ppi in the Mac line will double across the board, but Apple doesn’t need to update their Macs nearly that drastically to achieve Retina resolutions in its Mac line.

Entry-Level MacBook Pro: The MacBook Pro is definitely getting updated, but what if you just can’t live without an optical drive. It looks like Apple might still sell a slightly beefed up version of the existing 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Retina Display Thunderbolt Display: If Apple’s releasing Retina display Macs at all, they need to offer the ability for Mac minis and Mac Pros. Here’s where an updated, Retina-capable Thunderbolt display comes in.

Thunderbolt / USB 3.0 External Optical Drives: Apple will need to sell an external optical drive if the new MacBook Pros lose theirs, and it makes sense these would end up supporting either Thunderbolt or USB 3.0.

iCloud Upgrade: Apple unveiled iCloud exactly a year ago, and reports from the Wall Street Journal indicate that iCloud will, at the very least, get an upgrade to its video and photo syncing abilities. You’ll be able to share photos and albums outside of Photostream, get comments on video, and videos will start syncing with Photostream (or its equivalent, Videostream).

Maybe Happening

Apple TV Gets Supercharged: We’ve heard murmurs that the Apple TV will get the ability to run apps, and this will be announced at WWDC 2012. The idea here is that this is a bridge move to get apps ready for the rumored Apple HDTV set, which could be unveiled as early as later this year. The remote might also be supercharged to allow other entertainment devices to use the same remote (and Remote.app) as Apple’s.

iPhone 5 Unveiled: Consider this a big maybe. We don’t really expect the iPhone 5 to be unveiled until late September or early October, but if Apple is, as some expect, going to change the screen dimensions of the iPhone to accomodate a longer, 4-inch display, they may give developers a heads up at WWDC so they can prepare their apps in time.

No iPhone 5, But Apple Still Tells Devs To Get Ready For Larger Displays: John Gruber at Daring Fireball has some great thoughts on how Apple could signal to developers they need to make their apps vertically flexible (ostensibly to better accomodate Notifications) without actually saying anything about the iPhone 5.

Almost Definitely Not Happening

Apple HDTV Unveiled: Some analysts like Peter Misek have suggested we’ll see the Apple HDTV unveiled at WWDC, to go on sale later this year, but there’s zero rumblings of this outside of analyst speculation. If production were ramping up, we’d be hearing things from the supply chain at this point, and anyway, the HDTV industry tends to release all of their TVs earlier in the year. We think we won’t hear word of the Apple HDTV until late 2012 or early 2013.

iPad Mini: There’s been a lot of empty talk about an iPad mini, and we’ve even seen a couple of laughable “leaked” components, but frankly, we’re really skeptical Apple even plans this, let alone plans on unveiling it at WWDC. Not only did Steve Jobs hate 7-inch tablets, but there’s pretty much zero market for them. They just aren’t biting into Apple’s market share.

Stay tuned as we will be updating more about the WWDC2012 happening this coming monday!

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Apple Store One-day event pricing out!

The Apple Online store one-day event’s pricing is out! (6th January 2012). Price are slashed for the iPad 2, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac and many more including accessories. But no price slash for iPhone 4S, highly expected but still sad.

Pricing summary:

  • iPad 2 – from RM1378 (Save RM121)iPod Touch – from RM628 (Save RM71)
  • iPod Nano – from RM414 (Save RM35)
  • MacBook Air – from RM2788 (Save RM311)
  • MacBook Pro – from RM3388 (Save RM311)
  • iMac – from RM3488 (Save RM311)
  • Magic Trackpad – RM184 (Save RM35)
  • Apple Magic Mouse – RM194 (Save RM35)
  • Time Capsule 2TB – RM928 (Save RM71)
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard – RM194 (Save RM35)
  • AirPort Express Base Station (802.11n) – RM294 (Save RM35)
  • iPad 2 Smart Cover Leather (RED) – RM254 (Save RM45)
  • Microsoft Office Home & Student 2011 – RM590 (Save RM64)
  • AirPort Extreme base station – RM528 (Save RM71)

Head over to the Apple Store Malaysia now!

*this is a one day sale so hurry!!!*

If you love Apple, you will love Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

If you are an Apple fan and you haven’t watch the latest Mission Impossible movie, Ghost Protocol, you should watch it. Like now!

The movie gets very good reviews and it is positioned to be one of the top movies of the holiday season. Apart from that, the movie’s director is a huge fan of Apple products. You will be seeing Apple products in the movie quite often and they are normally used to do very cool “mission impossible” stuffs.

There will be a little spoilers of the movie from this point onwards, stop if you do not want any spoilers.

Here is the things Ethan (Tom Cruise) and his team do with Apple products in the movie:

Lock Picking – Throughout the movie Ethan and Benji Dunn use their iPhone 4 to unlock doors. Thanks to a special attachment case for the iPhone, Cruise inserts a card-sized attachment into card reader slots. The iPhone then figures out the code to hack into the door lock granting nearly instant access to hotel rooms and government offices containing nuclear launch codes.

Hacking From a MacBook Air – It’s the thinnest and lightest portable on the planet yet it packs the power of a full-fledged computer, so of course it’s the laptop of choice for tech guru Benji and the IMF team.

Facial Recognition Scanners – Facial recognition cameras have been done before, so how does Bird take it to the next level? He places a computerized contact lens on the eye of one of the IMF agents and has it work in tandem with the iPhone to do facial recognition scans of a massive crowd of people. The contact lens is connected to the agent’s iPhone and discreetly scans faces in the crowd to find a match for the person they’re looking for. Later on the lens even sends a push notification to the iPhone notifying the agent of a hostile assassin.

iPad Reality Distortion Field – When you’re breaking into a high-security compound you have to keep casualties at a minimum. To deceive a security guard, the IMF team uses an iPad connected to projector and screen to create a Reality Distortion Field. The iPad is used to handle all of the computing, while a camera tracks the eye movements of a security guard so that a life-like image can be projected on a screen that blocks the IMF team from view. It sounds complex, and it is…but it’s totally awesome and you should probably check it out.
Of course Apple is no stranger to product placement in movies. Apple products were featured in 24 of the top movies from 2010, but no movie has used Apple’s technology to as many ridiculously awesome things as the Impossible Mission Force uses them in Mission Impossible 4.

The best part of the movie is during a sand storm, Ethan uses a device for navigation which looks very much like a Galaxy Note and the device does not function properly. This movie is a 100% pro-apple movie.

Apart from all that, the movie is a very good movie. It is a must watch!