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Apple announces new 13" Macbook; New iMac, iPad Mini

Apple has today announced a new 13" Macbook Pro, a new line of iMacs, the latest generation of iPads and the long awaited and much rumoured iPad mini.

We round up the announcements to come out of the event below.

13" Macbook

The 13" Macbook is described as the thinnest ever, at just .75-inches thick - that's 20% thinner than before. In addition, it weighs justs 3.5 pounds and includes MagSafe 2, dual Thunderbolts, an SD card, HDMI output, dual USB 3.0 and of course a Retina display which supports a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution.

No optical drive is included, however you do get a Facetime HD camera with 720p recording, stereo mics and speakers, backlit keyboard and the patented glass multitouch trackpad.

Under the hood, the new 13" Macbook includes ip to 768GB of flash, 8GB of RAM, Core i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge chips, 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4. You'll also be treated with up to 7 hours of battery life, which is nice.

As for cost, it'll set you back $1,699 for the base model, with a 2.5GHz i5, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash.

Mini Mac

In addition to the above, Apple also announced a new Mini Mac, giving a 2.5GHz spec with 4GB of RAM and 500GB HDD for $599. Also included is Four USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader and HDMI.

New iMac

As if the above wasn't enough, Apple also announced a new range of iMac's - the thinnest ever. The display is 5mm thinner than previous models and comes in 21.5 inch and 27 inch models. Apple also says that it has 75 per cent less reflection.

Features of the new iMac include 720p FaceTime HD camera, dual mics, dual speakers, while under the hood we are talking Core i5 or i7 processors, NVIDIA Kepler graphics, up to 768GB of flash or 3TB HDD, and 32GB of RAM. 

Adding to all of the above, you'll also get Four USB 3.0 ports and three Thunderbolt ports. The new storage system announced for the iMac is called a Fusion Drive and offers 128GB of flash storage mixed with 1 or 3TB HDD.

The base model will cost 1,299 Dollars, which will come with a 2.7GHz i5, 1TB HDD and 8GB of RAM, while the 27-inch model starts begins at 1,799 Dollars and includes 2.9GHz i5, 8GB of RAM and 1TB HDD. Both start shipping in December.

iPad Mini / 4th Generation

One of the first things Apple talked about in regards to iPad was the fourth generation. This will see new iPads get double the power thanks to the new A6X processor. In addition, they'll now include a 720p Facetime camera, 802.11a/b/g/n dual-band WiFi and a Lightning connector.

There will be both black and white versions. Prices start with the 16GB WiFi at 499 Dollars (same price as before), going up as per usual depending on whether you opt for more storage and/or 3G.

The biggest announcement in terms of iPad came with the much anticipated iPad Mini. Coming in black and white, the new iPad Mini is just .68 pounds, half as light as a fourth-gen iPad. It's also just 7.2mm thick, 1/4 thicker than the fourth-gen iPad.

Incredibly it'll also offer the same resolution as a standard iPad, while also offering more screen space that major competitors. 

Features of the iPad mini include a Dual-core A5 processor, FaceTime HD camera and a 5-megapixel iSight camera on the back with 1080p recording, while still providing 10 hours of battery life.

The iPad mini will also include a lightning connector and super fast dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi. 

Looks wise it seems the new iPad Mini will take on the iPhone 5 design, with the body and glass being the major components and a diamond cut chamfer around the edge.

In addition to all of the above, Apple will also release a new smartcover, removing the metal edge from previous versions.

The iPad Mini will be released on November 2 in 16GB (329 Dollars) 32GB (429 Dollars) and 64GB (519) Models. It'll cost 130 Dollars to upgrade to LTE connectivity.

So what do you think of these announcements? Are you an Apple fan? If so then are you happy that the 3rd Gen iPad has already been retired? Let us know below.

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Edited On 23 Oct, 2012

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hallben's avatar
hallben 4 years ago
Another new iPad. Bad move Apple. That will annoy quite a few people.
Datastatic's avatar
Datastatic 4 years ago
How powerful does an Ipad need to be? Really? Loving the new Macbooks though.
Dead's avatar
Dead 4 years ago
Looks like there's a load of simpletons short on magic beans ;)
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Tarun 4 years ago
I am an apple fan, have a macbook pro and the whole family has iPhones but I find that Apple are going over the top and just taking the micky of every other company... For instance Microsoft are launching their 'Surface' which I think is an amazing device, but Apple just update a few specs from the iPad 3 and everyone says WOW! and then they just make the iPad small and then everyone says its an amazing idea and its worth the money! But for Microsoft they have worked hard and the idea of the surface as a tablet and a computer should be praised more...

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