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Apple Debuts Stacked Holiday Lineup: iPad mini, iPad 4, New iMac, Retina MacBook Pro 13'', & Updated Mac mini

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Months of speculation about new iPad and Mac models will finally come to an end when Apple reveals all at its event in San Jose.

The Apple event that'll finally confirm or squash all the rumors will start at 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT, so it won't be long until we find out whether or not there indeed will be an iPad mini, or an updated 9.7-inch iPad, or new Retina MacBooks, redesigned iMac or Mac mini, or all of the above!

Stay tuned to this space to learn what Apple has in store for the rest of the year. If you'd like to follow along, Apple has a live stream. It should be available on Apple.com if you have Safari 4+ on Mac OSX, and iOS 4.2+, as well as the new Apple TV events channel.

  • The announcer says that the event will be starting shortly and to turn all devices to silent mode. The Apple flood into all tech news for the rest of the day starts now.
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  • Tim Cook is on stage. As usual, he starts with some business updates. Lots of hyperboles about how great the iPhone 5 is doing. 5 million sold in the first weekend, breaking records for all smartphones. Now a promo video of the iPhone 5 launch showing the super excited Apple faithful.
  • Now a recap of Mountain Lion and iOS 6, and how they're working together. How long will it be before they'll be the same OS?
  • Cook talks about iBooks. 1.5 million books, 400 million sold. Today a new version of iBooks that has continuous vertical scrolling, like a long webpage. No more page turns if you don't like it. You can now highlight quotes in your books and even tap to share to your Twitter or Facebook.
  • Cook says that the Mac has been outgrowing the PC by 7x, or 15% vs 2% growth recently.
  • Phil Schiller on stage to talk about Macs. "Today is a big day for Mac." Yep, there is a 13" MacBook Pro with a new slim design. 0.75-inches thin. 3.57 lbs, almost a pound lighter than the older one.
  • 2560x1600 in a 13-inch screen. IPS panel. That's the same resolution on today's 30" top monitors.
  • Backlit keyboard, dual mics, massive batteries on the inside.
  • Ivy Bridge, integrated graphics only. If you want discrete graphics, it'll be the 15".
  • $1699, shipping today. All the existing models will still be there at the lower price points.
  • Next, Mac mini Ivy Bridge refresh. Schiller jokes: "You knew there'd be something called mini in this presentation didn't you?" Shipping today.
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  • Brand new iMac, with a 5mm thin edge. It's super, super thin compared to the old one. But do people really need a super slim AIO on a desk?
  • Made it tons thinner by laminating the glass and scrapping the optical drive. External optical drive
  • Not retina, so even the 13" Retina MacBook Pros have higher resolution screen than the 27" iMac.
  • IPS panels are individually calibrated, so that should make graphic artists happy.
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  • Nvidia Kepler GPU. GT 640M on the entry level. GT 660M on higher-end.
  • Apple now offering hybrid drive options, but it is calling it the "Fusion Drive". It optimizes the common files on the flash. Yes, the PC world has a lot to say about this, we know.
  • Cook is back on stage, boasting that Apple has sold it's 100 millionth iPad. Lots of talk about how well iPad is going in education and textbooks. Also how well it is doing well in the business world. While Android is super competitive against all other platforms on smartphones, the iPad is clearly running away with it on tablets.
  • Another thing is clear: Tim Cook is getting better at stressing hyperboles.
  • iPad 4th Gen. A6X chip -- 2x the performance over the A5X in the old "new iPad".
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  • Lightning connector, new Wi-Fi chip, FaceTime HD camera. Expanded LTE to cover more carriers worldwide.
  • Yes, there is an iPad mini. "You can hold it in one hand" 7.2mm thin. It looks like a massive Samsung Galaxy Note.
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  • 7.9-inch, 1024x768.
  • 0.68 lbs.
  • With the same resolution as iPad 2, all the old apps work perfectly without change.
  • Schiller is comparing the iPad mini against the Nexus 7. Uh oh, fightin' words.
  • Thanks the 4:3 ratio, Apple is pointing out how much nicer it is to browse in landscape mode.
  • Again, Apple harps on the iPad-optimized apps vs the blown up phone Android apps. Apple's not wrong on this front. Android needs help on the tablet apps.
  • Uses the A5 chip, just like the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.
  • Regular non-HD front camera. 5MP camera on the back, probably same as the iPad 3.
  • Lightning connectors all around. 10 hour battery life, just like the new iPad 4.
  • Starts at 16 GB at $329. Android's $200-$250 range is safe.
  • Preorders for iPad mini and iPad 4 start this Friday, October 26. Wi-Fi shipping November 2.
  • And that's a wrap! Expect Apple Stores to be packed this holiday season.
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    mrmaia , October 23, 2012 4:36 PM
    Expect at least 50 Apple news here on Tom's over the next 24 hours.
  • 13 Hide
    house70 , October 23, 2012 4:42 PM
    That logo above looks like a giant ar$e crapping skywards. (pardon my French) LOL.
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  • 19 Hide
    mrmaia , October 23, 2012 4:36 PM
    Expect at least 50 Apple news here on Tom's over the next 24 hours.
  • 9 Hide
    spartanmk2 , October 23, 2012 4:37 PM
    Yawn.
  • 5 Hide
    victorious 3930k , October 23, 2012 4:42 PM
    Let the flame war begin.
  • 13 Hide
    house70 , October 23, 2012 4:42 PM
    That logo above looks like a giant ar$e crapping skywards. (pardon my French) LOL.
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    friskiest , October 23, 2012 4:58 PM
    "Stay tuned to this SPAM to learn what Apple has in store for the rest of the year"
    We already have CNet for those,..
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    hate machine , October 23, 2012 5:20 PM
    Still no new numbers about how many more iPhone 5s sold? Looks like more Wallstreet disappointment.
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    vertigo_2000 , October 23, 2012 5:21 PM
    house70That logo above looks like a giant ar$e crapping skywards. (pardon my French) LOL.

    You mean "giant magical ar$e that craps rainbows and fairy dust skywards. (pardon your French)"
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    DRosencraft , October 23, 2012 5:25 PM
    I will give them credit... the display on the Macbook Pro is very, very, nice. Would love it if a PC developer would even come close to that kind of quality in a screen. More apt to go with a 15" if I were to even consider buying a Macbook, but not a bad screen at all.
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    vidfreek , October 23, 2012 5:29 PM
    Nothing like almost $2000 for a laptop and how is the Mac outselling PCs by that much? Really 7x the amount of PCs? I find that one hard to believe and being a gamer on my PC, MAC is still not a viable option and probably never will be, especially not for 3x the price I built my gaming PC for :) 

    Otherwise, more of the same from Apple, wasnt a fan then and nothing they say will make me a fan now, no matter how much better they say they are doing over everyone else, oh and lets not forget that Samsung has sold 20 million Galaxy S3s, guess Apple forgot about that?
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    hate machine , October 23, 2012 5:33 PM
    vidfreekNothing like almost $2000 for a laptop and how is the Mac outselling PCs by that much? Really 7x the amount of PCs? I find that one hard to believe and being a gamer on my PC, MAC is still not a viable option and probably never will be, especially not for 3x the price I built my gaming PC for Otherwise, more of the same from Apple, wasnt a fan then and nothing they say will make me a fan now, no matter how much better they say they are doing over everyone else, oh and lets not forget that Samsung has sold 20 million Galaxy S3s, guess Apple forgot about that?


    They aren't outselling PCs, however they are outgrowing PCs. It honestly is a little spin on something.

    If they sell 200 macs and oems sell 500 PCs and only 10 macs exist while 1000 pcs exist the pc market grew by 50% while the Mac market grew by 200%.
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    deadlockedworld , October 23, 2012 5:38 PM
    mrmaiaExpect at least 50 Apple news here on Tom's over the next 24 hours.


    Tom's lets you unsubscribe from Apple content if you do not want to have to complain about it.
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    vertigo_2000 , October 23, 2012 5:40 PM
    vidfreekhow is the Mac outselling PCs by that much? Really 7x the amount of PCs? I find that one hard to believe

    It's a reference to the growth rate stated afterwards (15% Macs vs 2% PC). It's marketing BS really.
    If you sold 1,000 Bananas last year, and 1,150 this year, you have 15% growth. Meanwhile, I sold 1 billion bananas last year and 1.02 billion this year for only 2% growth. Who's selling more?
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    stevelord , October 23, 2012 5:41 PM
    vidfreekoh and lets not forget that Samsung has sold 20 million Galaxy S3s, guess Apple forgot about that?


    The S3 came out way back in May. The iPhone 5 has been out 1 month and sold 5 million in the first week.
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    hate machine , October 23, 2012 5:44 PM
    Hai guyz! Lets take a Hybrid drive and separate the components then call it a Fusion drive instead and claim its revolutionary. The drones will eat it up!
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    sun-devil99 , October 23, 2012 5:46 PM
    $1700 for a computer in this day and age?! Did we just have a time warp back to the 1990's when a Dell computer would run you nearly $2K-$3K?
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    vidfreek , October 23, 2012 6:01 PM
    stevelordThe S3 came out way back in May. The iPhone 5 has been out 1 month and sold 5 million in the first week.


    It came out overseas first I believe, but in the US it really didnt get rolling till almost the middle of July, thats a 2 month difference from "way back in May". Still ONE android devices has sold over 20 million units so far yet people cant shut up about the same phone selling 5 million more again. You do realize that those 5 million are probably people that already had an iPhone already right? I'd love to find out how many NEW iPhone 5s they are selling, not repeat apple fans who keep themselves blinded to everything else out there.
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    guru_urug , October 23, 2012 6:03 PM
    Quote:
    It looks like a massive Samsung Galaxy Note.

    LOL!! :D 
    Payback time, I guess
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    rosen380 , October 23, 2012 6:07 PM
    Well, to be fair, given that Mac has about 7% and Windows 92%, it is more like:
    1000->1150 bananas vs 13143->13406 bananas

    Not quite a billion vs a thousand. In the US is is 13% vs 86%, so that would look like:
    1000->1150 bananas vs 6615->6748 bananas

    But then consider
    (1) Company value is heavily weighted by projected future profits, so 15% growth on a relatively small number means a lot next to 2% of a much bigger number.
    (2) in the world-wide example, would you rather sell 150 extra machines with a ~$300 profit margin per or 273 at a profit margin of ~$50?
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    ojas , October 23, 2012 6:15 PM
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    boasting that Apple has sold it's 100 millionth iPad

    LOL. I thought those were replacing PCs? 100m ipads to 1 billion PCs? They'll sell more PCs than this in a year! :lol: 

    Also chuckled at the Mac growing faster than the PC. Apart from the growth numbers having nothing to do with actual sales, i think it's funny that they say this now. Macs are simply PCs with Mac OS X in them. That's like calling a Linux PC a..."Linux" or something equally daft.

    sun-devil99$1700 for a computer in this day and age?! Did we just have a time warp back to the 1990's when a Dell computer would run you nearly $2K-$3K?

    Dude. I know Apple's evil and all, but this just didn't make sense. A computer still costs that much, just there's no pentium II in it.
    And Dell still charges that much (Alienware). More if you'd buy it, i bet.
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    whiteodian , October 23, 2012 6:16 PM
    $329 for the iPad mini, No thank you, not that I was considering buying one. If I were, I would definitely go with the Nexus 7 or even consider the new Kindle HD before that. I don't think it will be very noticeable to the naked eye, but why only 1024x768. I think it would have been a better business plan if they had went with a $249 8GB model.
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