iPad Mini, iPad 4, iMacs – Everything You Need to Know

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Oct 24 2012
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Apple’s long-anticipated smaller tablet is here and judging from the past experience, the new iPad Mini should give Samsung a run for their money. The battle between Apple and Samsung especially on the copyrights will not end anytime soon hence the whole new battlefield level – mini tablet. The fact that the new pencil-thin (7.2mm) iPad Mini comes a mere half-year after the third-generation iPad (iPad 3) was introduced goes to show that Apple was aggresive in stopping Samsung from making cool money by ripping off its intellectual property, at least that was what the late Steve Jobs thought.

New iPad Mini - Oct 2012

Was Apple worry about Android tablet’s market momentum? Of course they are otherwise the company’s senior vice president of marketing, Phil Schiller, would not had spent an unusual amount of time talking about them. Schiller said ” … others have tried to make tablets smaller than the iPad, and they’ve failed … ” and tried very hard to convince the audience who attended the launching about the “gigantic difference” between the iPad Mini and Nexus 7. Heck, Schiller’s trashing of Google’s Nexus may be a little overdone. Nevertheless, Apple just sold its 100 millionth iPad 2-weeks ago, an impressive milestone considering the company just launched the iPad product two and a half years ago, so they’ve every right to brag and criticise.


{ 1 } iPad Mini Screen


– Compared to its larger (9.7-inches) cousin iPad 3, the Mini has a 7.9-inch screen, measured diagonally.

– While you probably can stash Amazon Kindle and Google Nexus 7, both measuring 7-inch, in your jacket pocket, you may not be able to do so with this wider iPad Mini.

– The new screen has resolution of 1024-px by 768-px at 163ppi (same as outgoing iPad 2), so all the software created for previous iPads will work. However this also means it’s not retina display, at least not yet with this first generation Mini. Yes, I know, wait for the second generation.

– As comparison, Google’s Nexus 7 comes with 1,280-px by 800-px resolution.



{ 2 } iPad Mini Size, Weight and Color


– At just 7.2 milimeters (0.28 inch), it’s pencil thin – 23% thinner than iPad

– The Mini is also super light – Apple claims it’s as light as a pad of paper, while figure-wise, it’s actually weight 0.68 pound (308 grams, WiFi only), an astonishing 53% lighter than iPad.

New iPad Mini - pencil thin

– As opposed to Google’s Nexus 7 which is made of plastic, this Mini is made of aluminium (what else do you expect?).

– Just like iPhone 5, the new Mini comes in white and slate black.



{ 3 } iPad Mini Processor


– The new iPad Mini is using dual-core A5 chip – that’s old processor used in iPad2 in early 2011 – as compared to Nexus 7’s quad-core Tegra 3 chip. Somehow I’ve a feeling that this new iPad Mini will get obsolete pretty fast with it’s next generation coming real soon. Just what was Apple thinking throwing in an underpowered tablet to us?



{ 4 } iPad Mini Ultrafast Wireless


– iPad mini features advanced Wi-Fi that’s up to twice as fast as any previous-generation iPad. With dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) 802.11n Wi-Fi and support for channel bonding, download speeds can reach up to 150 Mbps.

New iPad Mini - Black and White

– With selected carriers, iPad mini supports fast cellular networks around the world including LTE networks. Without LTE, you can still make use of GSM/UMTS networks including HSPA, HSPA+, and DC-HSDPA



{ 5 } iPad Mini Cameras


– It has FaceTime HD and back-facing 5MP iSight cameras, similar to what you get on bigger iPad (and the newly launched iPad 4) but lower than iPhone 5’s 8MP camera.

– Due to its Mini’s size, taking picture or video with one hand is easier now. Needless to say, you can make video call over WiFi or cellular.



{ 6 } iPad Mini Lightning Connector


– And it has the inevitable Lightning connector, which first debuted on the iPhone 5.

New iPad Mini - on palm


{ 7 } iPad Mini Battery


– Apple says the new smaller iPad has 10-hour battery life, and it retains what is arguably the biggest advantage that Apple claims – the 275,000 apps in the App Store. Let’s hope the battery life lasts as long as what Apple claims.



{ 8 } iPad Mini Pricing


– The iPad mini starts at $329 for a 16GB Wi-Fi only model, $429 for a 32 GB model and $529 for a 64 GB model. The Wi-Fi only models will ship on Nov. 2.

– The iPad mini models with Wi-Fi and 4G starts at $459 for 16GB, $559 for 32GB, and $659 for 64GB, and is available on Nov. 16.



{ 9 } iPad Mini Availability

– Pre-order starts: October 26, 2012

– WiFi models shipping – November 2, 2012

– WiFi and 3G models shipping – November 16, 2012

Comparison - iPad Mini, Kindle, Nexus 7 and Galaxy Tab 7

Now, while everyone was waiting for the iPad Mini, very few expect Apple to reveal a new generation of the bigger 9.7-inch iPad but reveal it did – the new iPad 4. This sure will make many 3rd generation (iPad 3 buyers) owners angry, ever since the iPad 3 was launched in Mar this year. The fourth generation iPad features an A6X processor, 5 megapixel iSight camera, expanded LTE chipset, front-facing camera with FaceTime and 720p video capture, faster Wi-Fi, and Lightening connector. The new iPad is priced at $499 for a 16 GB model, $629 for a 16 GB model with 4G LTE.

New iPad 4

Fourth generation iPad Wi-Fi only model will be available for pre-order on Friday, Oct. 26, and will hit stores on Nov. 2. OK, now let’s look at the differnce between iPad 3 and iPad 4 (named as iPad with Retina display).


{ 1 } iPad 3 vs iPad 4: Screen


– Both the iPad 3 and the iPad 4 come with Apple’s Retina display (*relief*). Although “only” packing 264ppi, unlike the iPhone 5’s 326ppi, the iPad’s still have market-leading screens.



{ 2 } iPad 3 vs iPad 4: Processor

New iPad 4 - Performance

– Building upon the iPad 2, the iPad 3 comes with a dual core A5X processor, with a quad core GPU. However, the iPad 4 packs Apple’s latest A6X processor, the same chip in the iPhone 5, which Apple claims “doubles the performance of CPU tasks.” Hence this is perhaps one of the major reason you should get iPad 4, if you do not already own iPad 3 – another reason for iPad 3 owners to whine and bitch about Apple.



{ 3 } iPad 3 vs iPad 4: Connectivity


– The other major difference is that the iPad 4 (Wi-Fi + Cellular version) comes LTE enabled. The iPad 3 did come enabled with 4G, however, it couldn’t be used in the United Kingdom. However, with the introduction of the iPad 4 they can now enjoy super fast mobile internet.

New iPad 4 - Fast Wireless


{ 4 } iPad 3 vs iPad 4: Camera


– Apple might not have upgraded the screen, but it did upgrade the front-facing camera. The iPad 3 came with a 0.3 MP standard definition offering, whereas the iPad 4 comes with 1.3 MP front-facing camera, making full use of the Retina display for video chatting with a 1.2MP HD camera.



{ 5 } iPad 3 vs iPad 4: Lightning Connector


– Obviously, the major difference between the two iPad generations lies within their connector options – the new 8-pin Lightning dock, first announced on the iPhone 5. Now, this is 80 percent smaller and more durable than Apple’s original 30-pin offering is made standard in iPad 4



{ 6 } iPad 3 vs iPad 4: Battery


– Similar to iPad 3, the new iPad 4 comes with a battery that lasts up to 10 hours, at least that was what Apple claims. Analysts noted that despite iPad 3’s high-resolution retina display, the battery life was ” acceptable.”



{ 7 } iPad 3 vs iPad 4: OS


– Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 6, was recently launched alongside the iPhone 5, so naturally it’s also featured on the new iPad 4. The iPad 3 launched with iOS 5.1 but is upgradeable to iOS 6.



{ 8 } iPad 3 vs iPad 4: Price


– If you think you can get iPad 3 cheaper with this latest iPad 4 release, you’re in for a rude shock. Apple plans to phase out the 3rd generation iPad hence the iPad 4 renamed as “iPad with Retina display” – don’t you hate Tim Cook?


– The iPad 4 comes in at the same price of the iPad 3, with the Wi-Fi only tablets coming in at £399 ($US499, AU$539), £479(US$599, AU$649) and £559(US$699, AU$759) for 16GB, 32GB and 64GB respectively. The Wi-Fi + Cellular versions cost a bit more, at £499(US$629, AU$679), £579(US$729, AU$789) and £659(US$829, AU$899) for the three storage options.


Another Apple product that almost miss everybody attention was the new iMacs. It’s crazily thin. The new models are 80 percent thinner (just 5mm) and about eight pounds lighter than their predecessors. Apple will offer iMacs in 21.5-inch and 27-inch versions, the latter of which has a resolution of 2560 by 1440. The screen has 75 percent less reflection, and a few other features like an HD camera, dual microphones, and a stereo sound system that’s supposed to be much better than the previous generation.

New iMac - Oct 2012New iMac 2 - Oct 2012New iMac 3 - Oct 2012New iMac 4 - Oct 2012New iMac 5 - Oct 2012

The new iMac machines have quad-core i5 processors (configurable up to i7), up to 32GB of RAM, and as much as 768GB of flash storage. On top of that, there’s an SD card, gigabit ethernet, and a now, a fusion drive – that’s 128GB of flash storage plus 1 or 3 TB of hard drive combined into one hard drive. For notebook fans, Apple also has officially announced a 13-inch version of its portable workstation, with a 2560 x 1600 Retina Display. That’s just a slight drop in resolution from the 15-incher.

iMac Evolution - Oct 2012

The 13-inch Retina Display notebook model comes in two base configurations priced at $1,699 (2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, and a 128GB SSD drive) and $1,999 (same spec as $1,699 except a larger 256GB SSD drive). Both models can be further upgraded with a whopping 768GB and a 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor. As usual, each boast 7 hours of battery life, under ideal conditions.

New 13 inch Retina Display MacBook Pro

With so many new products being released, you’re spoilt for choice but the main attraction is definitely the iPad Mini. So should you buy one? The Mini uses Apple’s old A5 dual-core processor, the same one that debuted in the iPad 2 in early 2011. It’s missing the special high-resolution Retina display found in the full-sized iPad and the iPhone. And Apple’s starting price is $329, a full $130 more than the competition. If you’re Apple fans and must buy this brand even with a gun at your head, wait for the second generation of iPad Mini. If size and some extra dollars are not the issues, consider the new iPad 4.


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