All of Apple's New Small Stuff: iPad Mini and a Slimmer iMac

As promised Apple has announced a lot of things that revolve around the theme little, including a littler new MacBook pro with Retina display, a very svelte iMac, an iPad Mini and an updated Mac Mini. 

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As promised Apple has announced a lot of things that revolve around the word little, including a littler new MacBook pro with Retina display, a very svelte iMac, an iPad Mini and an updated Mac Mini. Here we go:

iPad Mini

The rumorers didn't disappoint, Apple has announced the iPad Mini, which is so small it fits in one hand.


  • The aluminum tablet is just 0.68 pounds, which is as light as a pad of paper and comes in at 7.2 mm thin, which Apple's Phil Schiller tells us is as thins as a pencil. 
  • We get a 7.9 inch screen, which unless Apple is rounding up, is a teeny bit bigger than our rumormongers told us to expect. Or maybe they just gave us to the tenth decimal point because it is the inverse of the 9.7 inch screen the iPad has, which makes it easy to remember.
  • No fancy Retina screen on this: It has the same exact screen resolution as the iPad 2 at 1024 x 768 pixels. 
  • Again, unlike the new iPad that has an A6 processor, it comes with a dual core A5 chip, which is the same one that it is in the iPad 2. 
  • But it has cameras! It has a FaceTime HD front side camera and a 5megapixel iSight camera on the back.
  • Like the rest of Apple products from now until forever, it requires the new baby lightning cord adapter (more on the little theme).
  • And after all that, it gets 10 hours of battery life, just like the 4th generation iPad. 

Price: $329, for the 16GB with Wifi, $70 cheaper than the iPad 2. For more money, you can get more space and data, too, as you can see below.

Available: Pre-orders start this Friday. The WiFi versions will ship November 2nd, before the rest.

A Super thin New iMac!

Going with that little theme, Apple slimmed down the iMac, presenting the 5 mm thick computer, which next to the old iMac looks quite svelte.

Specs: It has something called "fusion drive," which is a single drive the merges128GB flash drive with a 1TB or 3TB hard drive. Basically, it has the speed of a flash drive, with all the easy cheap storage of a hard drive. Sounds cool. The computer  comes in two sizes: 27 inches, with a 2560 x 1440 display, and 21.5 inches with a 1920 x 1080 screen. It also comes with core i5 or i7 processors and offers up to 3TB of storage.

Price: We'd say a very reasonable $1300 for the 21.5-inch iMac with a 2.7GHz i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1 TB hard drive. The larger 27-inch model will start at $1,799.

Availability: November and December, with the littler one shipping sooner.

13 Inch MacBook Pro

Confirming this morning's Google searches, Apple has unveiled a new MacBook Pro with Retina Display, offering the 13-inch MacBook with the fancier screen.


  • Retina display with a 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution.
  • It's only 3.75 lbs, almost a pound lighter than the 15 inches, but at .75 inches thick it's a bit heftier than the 15-incher.
  • It has the 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor.
  • And like all Apple computer these days, comes with the most recent Operating system: OS10 Mountain Lion.

Availability: Ships today!

Price: Here's a nice visual breakdown for you.

The $1699 model will includes a 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of flash storage. The  $1999 one will come with 256GB and there will be options for up to a 2.9GHz dual-core Intel i7 processor and 768GB of flash storage.

Fourth Generation iPad

It feels like only yesterday Apple gave us a new iPad, but today it is updated the Retina iPad with better insides and specs. Let's take a look.

Specs: It still has the Retina display that the iPad Mini doesn't have. But compared to the iPad announced last March, here is what has changed:

  • Faster A6x processor, which still delivers 10 hours of battery life. 
  • The small Lightning port dock connector. 
  • An updated FaceTime HD camera, which do we really want such detailed close ups of our pores? 

Price:  Wi-Fi only model starts at $499 for a 16GB version and the LTE model costing $629 for a 16GB version.

Availability: Pre-orders start on Friday and the WiFi model ships November 2 and the data capable ones shipping a few undisclosed week later.

Mac Mini

More Mini, Apple's Phil Schiller announced an updated version of the Mac Mini, starting at $599 with a new Ivy Bridge processor.

Original Post: Apple's "little" event, where it will very probably unveil some new smaller 13 inch MacBook Pros with Retina Display and the much talked about iPad Mini will start within the half hour. Unlike previous product launches, Apple will stream today's event over here (sorry, you've got to be on a Mac to watch). For those unwilling to sit through keynotes filled with buzzwords and audience claps, we'll be covering it all right here, giving a rundown of the announcements, plus all the juicy details, like price and availability and screen type and battery life and anything else CEO Tim Cook tells us. If you're really antsy, head on over to our iPad Mini rumor roundup, to get an idea of what to expect.

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