Apple’s New Product Announcements

Apple will stream a live video feed of its MiniPad launch event today, making video available from the event via a new Apple Events app on Apple TV devices but also via Apple.com. The video stream requires Safari 4 or later on a minimum of Mac OS X Snow Leopard, or iOS 4.2 or later for those accessing the stream from a mobile device. Streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with a minimum of software version 5.0.2.

The press conference, at which Apple is expected to debut a smaller version of the iPad as well as updates to Apple’s Mac line, kicks off at 10 a.m. Pacific. Live blogging will be available at C/Net, Engadget, The Verge, GigaOm, Twit.tv and others.

Tim Cook, channeling Steve Jobs’ inflections and phrasing, noted:

  • The iPhone sold 5 million units in the opening weekend, the most phones ever sold over a weekend.
  • Cook said Apple has sold 100 million iPads since its introduction 2.5 years ago. Over 200,000 devices now run IOS-6.
  • Over 1.5 million books on the iBookstore, now with continuous scrolling
  • Customers have downloaded more than 400 million books since the store opened
  • An iBooks update is available free, today.
  • The 13-inch MacBook Pro is 3.57 pounds with Retina display
  • Has magsafe, two Thunderbolt ports, USB 3, a headphone port and dual microphones. USB 3, HDMI, and an SD card reader.
  • Starts at 2.5Ghz dual-core i5 for $1,699. w/8GB RAM and 128GB of memory
  • Inside, Intel dual-core i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge, with 7-hour battery. Up to 768GB of Flash, and 8GB of Ram and Intel HD 4000 Graphics. 13-inch Retina Pro’s has 2560×1600 display.
  • The new MacMini has USB 3 now, now with dual or quad-intel Core i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge, with Intel HD Graphics 4000, and up to 16GB of RAM. Starts at 2.5Ghz dual-core i5 w/4GB of RAM and 500GB HDD for $599.
  • The new iMac is thinnner. The Display itself is 5mm thinner than previous model. The entire display is 45 percent thinner. Similar resolutions as before.
  • New iMac has up to 768GB flash storage, NVIDIA Kepler graphics, up to 3TB HDD.
  • iMac comes with wireless keyboard and a Magic Mouse or Trackpad. Starts at $1,299. Ships next month.
  • iBooks 3.0 will be a free download and include continuous scrolling — negating swipes to turn pages — and new sharing options for Facebook and Twitter. Author software has new Apple templates, embedded fonts, as well as mathematical expressions. Sounds like ePub-3.
  • Available today as a free download.
  • A new 4th generation iPad! This is a full size unit 16GB at $499. Twice the performance at the same price as older models. 16GB w/4G at $629.
  • The all new iPad mini can be held with one hand. Has a 7.9 inch screen.
  • It’s 7.2mm thick, which is 23 percent thinner than fourth-gen iPad. “Thin as a pencil!”
  • 53 percent lighter than full-sized iPad at 0.68 lbs.
  • On the inside is a dual-core A5 processor, FaceTime HD front-side camera, 5 megapixel iSight camera on the back and LTE
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and 10-hour battery life.
  • Price: $329 for WiFi only model with 16 GB
  • Verizon, AT&T and Sprint will offer the iPad mini with LTE, starting at $459 with 16 GB, $559 for 32 GB and $659 for the 64 GB model. This will be the first time Sprint has offered the iPad.
  • The iPad Mini has 1024-by-768 resolution at 163 pixels per inch (ppi), less resolution than the Nexus 7 which has 1280 x 800 (216 ppi). Even the LG Optimus G, a 4.7″ phone, has 1,280 x 768 resolution.

The new LTE chips on the iPad and iPad Mini now support Sprint’s FD-LTE as well as additional bands on other carriers (but not 2.6 GHz). The new flexibility is likely enabled by a Qualcomm MDM9615M LTE modem, the same chip in the iPhone5.

In summary, today Apple announced a new 13″ Macbook with Retina Display ($1699), a new line of thin iMacs starting at $1299, a new $599 MacMini, new 4th generation iPad ($499) with faster processor, and new iPad-mini ($329), along with a new (free) iBooks Author program.

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