10/23/12

MacMost Now 778: New iPad, iPad mini, iMac, Mac mini and MacBook Pro

Apple announced many new products today including a new iPad mini, a 4th generation iPad, new iMac, new 13-inch MacBook Pro with retina display and a new Mac mini. They also updated iBooks and iBooks Author with new features.

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Hi, this is Gary with MacMost Now. On today's episode let's take a look at today's Apple announcements. Today's announcements were pretty much what you expected from all the rumors. We got a new iPad Mini. We also got a new iPad and we got new iMac, Mac Book Pro, and also a new Mac Mini. Let's take a look at some of the new products. So, the next 13" Mac Book Pro basically follows the existing 15" Mac Book Pro but adding a retina display. That is its main change. But of course we also have in it flash storage so it has a solid state drive instead of a traditional hard drive. It will be faster performing and of course lighter and less battery consumption. And the optical drive is gone just like in the 15". We finally got a refresh today of the iMac. The new iMac is even thinner than before. It seems like every generation of iMac gets thinner and thinner. This one is much thinner than the previous generation. To do this it gets rid of the optical drive as well. It still is a standard display not a retina display. It still comes in the same two screen sizes. The 21 1/2" and 27". In addition you can get an SSD drive or a hard drive or something new called a fusion drive which combines the two. Its got basically a small SSD drive and a regular hard drive and automatically, seamlessly, puts the most used items on the flash drive and puts the least used items on the hard drive. It is all seamless to you. It just seems like one big hard drive as far as you are concerned and it is called the fusion drive. We also got a refresh to the Mac Mini line with new specs across the board for that. Now just about six months after the release of the iPad third generation we now have the iPad fourth generation. It is pretty much the same. It looks the same as the third generation iPad. It is the same screen with the retina display but it has a faster processor in it and in addition to that it also has the lightening dock connector at the bottom instead of the old style dock. Of course the most anticipated announcement was of a new version of the iPad called the iPad Mini. That is what it is officially called. It is a 7.9" screen as opposed to the almost 10" screen of the regular iPad. So it is thinner, it is lighter but it keeps many of the same features. The screen ratio is the same. It is not a retina display but the size for apps is the same and it includes all the different things that you would normally find on an iPad. For instance front and back cameras. There is a WiFi only version. Also a version for LTE. It comes in both black and white and various memory sizes as well. But this new smaller iPad starts at only $329. Now the one app that was talked about today is the iBooks app for the iPad and other iOS devices. It is going to version three. Version three is going to include letting you scroll through texts as well as to flip through places as well as sharing features and more language features. To match that there is a new iBooks author update for the Mac software that allows textbook creators to create books for the iPad. There is some features in that like some new widgets, the ability to do mathematical equations, things like that in there. So you can find all the details for pricing and releasing at the Apple store. They are going to start preorders for the iPads both the fourth generation and the iPad Mini on October 26 and then you will be able to get them, the first people to get them, will be on November 2. Other ones like say the new Mac Mini will be available for order today whereas the new iMac will be shipping later in November. Interestingly, Apple still is going to sell some of the older products. For instance the iPad 2 will still be available for a while at $399 and also older Mac Book Pros will be for sale for a few hundred dollars less than the new retina equivalents. I hope you found this useful. Until next time this is Gary with MacMost Now.

23 Responses to “MacMost Now 778: New iPad, iPad mini, iMac, Mac mini and MacBook Pro”

  1. Brent says:

    Thanks for the info. Keep up the great work! You rock!

  2. Mark says:

    Gary,
    Good info…any idea why the mini has the A5 chip vice the A6? Does that indicate the mini will be updated next year to the A6 in the next model? And since I just bought my iPad3, I fel like I got suckerd with a iPad4 out 6 months later, and I like the mini, but to go smaller I have to regress on technology, then repurchase a “mini” upgrade next year to get the latest tech, again? Just insane!

    • Probably just price. At $329 vs. $499 they have to give in somewhere. A smaller screen, yes. But also in other places.
      Would you rather Apple stopped coming out with updates? There’s nothing wrong with your 3rd gen iPad. Having a new one doesn’t take anything away from it. You don’t need to buy every new update that comes out. But for people what want to buy their first iPad now, or replace a much older one, it is great that Apple is moving the tech forward.

      • Henry says:

        Hey, it _is_ pricey to stay on the cutting edge with the latest. I just bought my iPad 3 a week ago! HAHA. Regardless, I’ll probably be buying 3 iPad Minis as gifts for Xmas… with the ooooold processor. Folly? Yes, but boy are gadget FUN!

        • Note that Apple has been reported that Apple will exchange them if you bought one in the last 30 days. So you may want to visit the Apple Store and ask.

  3. Will says:

    Hi Gary: As an offshoot, have been wanting to ask you about a specific use for iPads, et. al. I foresee newspapers disappearing with some sort of device sitting next to our morning coffee to read the news. So…seek your opinion on best device used strictly for that purpose using my WiFi broadband connection. I realize this field is evolving, but where do we stand now? Or will be all remove to the sanctity of our iMacs each morning with coffee cups in hand? Watcha think?

    • I think you answered your own question. Isn’t the iPad the device for this? Newsweek magazine announced that they will be iPad-only soon. Great apps like Flipboard can present the news and more in a great way. Check out the USA Today app. Try reading magazines like Wired with their apps too.

  4. Don Burke says:

    Hi Gary – I have an original iPad and it is frustratingly slow at times. Is the new iPad significantly faster? I love using the iPad and would like to buy a new one, but I would be very disappointed if there was not a big improvement in speed.

    • The difference between the first iPad and the new 4th generation should be remarkable: faster processor (single core A4 vs. quad-core A6X), more internal memory too.

  5. Koa says:

    When discussing the newly announced iPad mini, everyone seems to be concerned with the processor. I know that the processor is important, but I was way more bummed to hear that it will not have a “retina display”. I’ve gotten used to the display on my iPhone 5 and 3rd ten iPad, will the iPad mini display be noticeably worse?? I’m surprised that this product doesn’t have a retina display now that we’ve already seen retina displays on the iPhone 5 (4″), iPad (10″), and Macbook Pro (13″ & 15″)…

    • The iPhone does have a retina display, but keep in mind it costs $649 (before carrier subsidies). So it definitely is a price issue. The display on the iPad mini will be the same number of pixels as the iPad 2, but in a smaller space so it will be denser, kinda like midway between a standard and retina display.

      • Koa says:

        that makes sense, thanks for the info. just preordered mine, can’t wait!!

  6. PeTe says:

    Gary,
    I already have an original iPad and a 3rd generation iPad but they have been hijacked by my wife and 2 sons. I am a medical professional and basically want a device to read my journal articles that I have saved in PDF format and also to show educational videos to my patients. Do you have idea how PDF files will look on the iPad mini as compared the iPad? I know books in iBook format will probable be formatted nicely for the iPad mini but I have my doubts with documents in PDF form as all of my journal articles will be. What is your recommendation, get an iPad Mini or buy an Ipad2 for reading files in PDF format? Thanks!
    PeTe

    • The only differences are the screen size and the density. It will look like the PDFs do on the original iPad (non-retina) just at a slightly smaller size.

  7. Rick Zabala says:

    I was hoping but the mini iPad still has no built in GPS. What a wast of a machine and I still have to continue using Android pads. I like looking at the heavens and whats there not to mention where I am going on earth once I got acquainted with GPS

    • What were you planning to do that required a wifi-only machine, but with a GPS? I would imagine that people who want a GPS would also want the LTE model. If you are outside, away from your wifi, then you’d need a connection to do almost anything GPS-related anyway.

  8. Tom Hoole says:

    Hi Gary,
    I love your stuff, it’s been very helpful!
    I like the new iMac but I’m stumped on what to do without an optical drive. Any suggestions?

    • First, what do you need an optical drive for? People with MacBook Airs have been going without one for years. Optical media is on the way out.
      Second, you can always get the external Superdrive. $79.

  9. G Tyler says:

    They are not even taking pre-orders for the iMacs. When it finally opens up, there is going to be a huge demand and a quick sell out. What’s the best way to know the exact moment the Apple Store opens to buy them? Need to make sure my cousin doesn’t miss out. He’s been waiting for a while on my advice.

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