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Just the Facts: iPad Mini, 4th Gen iPad and More

iPad Mini and 4th Gen iPad

iPad Mini and 4th Gen iPad

What many thought would be simply an iPad Mini even turned into the biggest hardware announcement we’ve seen all year. Not only did Apple announce the iPad Mini, but they also announced improved MacBook Pros, iMacs, Mac Minis and even the full-sized iPad. What should you buy? Here are the facts:

iPad Mini

It is, in fact, named the iPad Mini. It’s 23 percent thinner than the 4th-gen iPad (details on this below), and has a 7.9 inch screen with a resolution of 1024×768 pixels, the same as the iPad and iPad 2. It weighs just 0.68 pounds.

The screen size is one-third larger than competing 7” Android tablets, which lets you view 49 percent more of a website in portrait mode and 67 percent more in landscape mode.

It has a rocking 10 hour battery, plus a dual-core A5 processor (same as the iPad 2), along with a FaceTime HD camera and a 5 MP iSight camera on the back.

Oh yeah, and LTE, which rocks. The LTE also supports Sprint’s network, too.

There are 16, 32 and 64 GB models that are priced at $329 / $429 / $529 for Wi-Fi only. Pre-orders of these begin on Friday and will ship Nov. 2.

The LTE models will be available for pre-order and purchase two weeks after the Wi-Fi models, and will run $459 / $559 / $659 for the same capacities.

4th-gen iPad

We should have seen this coming when the iPhone 5 got its Lightning port. The iPad released earlier this year (“the new iPad” aka third-gen) is no more. It’s replaced by the 4th-gen iPad, which Apple now calls the iPad with Retina Display as a means of distinguishing it from the Mini and the iPad 2 (which is still available for purchase).

The only real changes are a newer processor, the A6X chip, which gives it 2x graphical improvement. It has a Lightning connector, just like the iPhone 5. Its Wi-Fi is two times faster and now has capability for LTE on Sprint.

MacBook Pro With Retina

The other biggest announcement of the day was a refresh of the 13” MacBook Pro, now with Retina Display. It is 20 percent thinner, one pound lighter. It’s still heavier than the Air, but lighter than all other MacBooks.

The screen’s resolution is 2560×1600 pixels, which is an insane amount on a screen that small. It has almost twice as many pixels as a 1080p HD TV.

It also has two USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt ports, an HDMI port and an SD Card Reader.

It’s a beautiful computer. It starts at $1,699 with a 2.5 GHz dual-core i5, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of memory. Ships today.

Non-Retina MacBook Pros are still sticking around, primarily because of the $500 starting price difference.


Even sexier than the new MacBook pro, the new iMac is a beauty. It’s only 5mm thin, which is way, way thinner than the previous version. CNET described it as a “giant iPad on a stand.”

The iMacs come with four USB 3.0 ports plus two Thunderbolt ports and Gigabit Ethernet. 21.5” model starts at $1,299.

Mac Mini

Last but not least, the Mac Mini also got an overhaul, with USB 3.0 ports, the option for dual or quad-core i5 or i7 processors, and up to 16 GB of RAM. Starts at $599 for 4 GB of RAM and 500 GB of HDD.

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