Apple dropped several big bombs on the tech industry this morning at their “iPad Mini” event. Here’s a quick summary of the biggest announcements from the presentation.
- The iPad Mini is real. It features the guts of an iPad 2 for $329. You can get a rundown on specs from Gizmodo. In short, it’s just a wee bit overpriced for what it actually is.
- The 4th Generation of the iPad is already here. This is surprising both because of how quickly it happened and because the specs are kind of amazing. It runs on the screaming fast new A6X chip among other significant hardware improvements.
- The Mac Mini is now available in an epic new Ivy Bridge flavor - and the body has once again been slimmed down. They’re already available for purchase.
- The rumored 13″ Retina MacBook Pro has also been confirmed. It’s really nothing big to write home about, though. We’re basically looking at the same Pro with a new screen.
- In a surprise move, Apple announced a new razor thin version of the iMac with a bunch of awesome upgrades over the previous model. Sadly, it doesn’t feature an option for retina display. That’s a big, unfortunate oversight on Apple’s part. Maybe next year?
In other words, Apple just laid down the gauntlet for Microsoft, Amazon, and Google as far as the upcoming holiday season is concerned. Lots of awesome new toys to pick from!