Apple has unveiled a new iPad mini today, along with a host of updated hardware across their product line.
The iPad mini, which is targeted at those who find the iPad too big, or are looking for an e-book sized iOS experience, weighs just 0.30kg and is 7.2mm thick, ½ as light and a ¼ thicker than the fourth-generation iPad, which was also announced today. Its screen has the same pixel density as the iPad 2 (1024×768), and as it’s smaller should look even better. It also features LTE wireless, a FaceTime HD camera and a 5-megapixel iSight camera on the back, which is capable of 1080p recording.
The fourth-generation iPad comes with an A6X processor, which doubles the CPU and graphics processor, which should bring it in-line with speeds found in the iPhone 5. The FaceTime camera is now 720p and the price is still the same, keeping in line with Apple’s method of updating hardware without adding cost.
Both iPads use the new Lightning connector, as does the new 13-inch retina display MacBook Pro, also announced today, which has a resolution of a whopping 2,560×1,600 , a 4x increase compared to the non-retina 13-inch MBP and close to 2x the resolution of a 1080p display. The other features closely mirror those of the 15-inch retina MBP, and it weighs 1.58kg. Buyers can expect 7 hours of battery life, dual Thunderbolt ports, MagSafe 2, an SD card port, HDMI output, and dual USB 3.0.
The iMac also received a long awaited refresh, losing the optical drive, enabling Apple to get it down to 5mm thin at the edges. Graphic purists hoping for a retina display will have to wait, as the pixel density has been kept from it’s predecessor, though the screen is 75% less reflective due to a new laminated display with an anti-glare coating.
The iMac joins the MacBook Pro’s in the move to Ivy Bridge, and comes with 720p FaceTime HD, dual mics and speakers, up to 768GB of flash storage or a 3TB HDD and 32GB of RAM. Four USB ports and three Thunderbolt ports are included, and Apple are also offering something called a “Fusion Drive” which combines 128GB of flash storage with either a 1GB or 3GB HDD.
Closing out the refresh, which completes a complete product update (aside from the Mac Pro) that began in June with the 15-inch Retina MBP, is the Mac Mini, which comes with Four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI an SD card reader, either Core i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge chips, up to 1TB HDD or 256GB of SSD, and up to 16GB of RAM.
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