Apple iPad Mini Event Recap “Cliff Notes”- New Macbook Pro, iPad, and More

Today Apple announced a ton of stuff, from a new line of macs, to a new line of iPads (yes, a line). There’s a lot of material that was covered, and as usual I took thorough notes during the keynote, and as usual I will share those with you so that you don’t have to watch the entire hour and a half long keynote.

New ibooks 3.0

  • night mode black on white- optimized for the dark. continuous scrolling
  • all purchases- even ones not downloaded are on bookshelf
    • first live keynote stream since era of steve ended- last was Beatles event with Steve
    • starting video the exact opposite of samsung commercials= the excitement over the launch
    • 200 million iOS 6 Devices
    • The usual apple boasting
    • 70 million shared photos
    • $6.5 bil to devs
  • new ibooks available today

Mac Stuff

  • Mac outgrew PC by 7 times this year- beating PC growth for six years straight
  • Apple has both the #1 selling laptop and notebook computer in US currently.
  • 13 inch macbook pro with retina
  • -Thinner with Retina display
    • no more dvd
    • all flash architecture
    • just 3.5 pounds
    • as thin as retina macbook pro
    • 13.3 inches
    • 2560x 1600- 4X the former pixels of 13 in.- 4 Million + pixels
    • second only in pixels on notebook to 15 inch retina- mor
    • more contrast
    • less reflection
    • brighter display
    • lots of compatible apps now that supports Retina Display
    • stereo speakers- better audio
    • quieter fans- asymmetrical
    • asymmetric batteries= apple loves that asymmetry- 7 hours- yeah right- probably around five hours in reality
    • 8 GB of RAM standard
    • ivy bridge processors
    • airplay to apple tv streaming
    • teeny tiny 128 GB SSD- not much space for that price
    • $1699 are you kidding?- $500 less than standard Retina macbook
    • starts shipping today
    • environmentally friendly
    • black background in video- no white- interesting choice- first time in years- Apple white on black instead of black on white
    • macbook air, macbook pro standard, and macbook pro retina all still sold
  • Mac mini

    • usb 3.0, bluetooth 4, ivy bridge, up to 16 GB upgradable of ram- starting at $599 with 500 GB HDD- pretty good deal
    • $999 server w/ 1 TB
    • most energy efficient desktop in the world
  • iMac

    • IPS Display- the same screen tech as in many high end tablets
    • flagship of line
    • going back in history- relaunched apple’s style
    • New version is incredibly thin- as thick as a pencil
    • WOW- looks incredible
    • no disk drive- that could be a problem
    • 5 MM- 80% thinner
    • laser welding to put it together- friction stir welding- molecules merged together
    • thinner display- no air gap between display and glass
    • 8 pounds lighter
    • stereo audio
    • up to 32GB RAM, up to 3TB HDD or a lot (768GB?) of flash. Four USB 3 ports, two Thunderbolts, ahhh he did that so fast.
    • 21.5-inch iMac, 2.7GHz i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD is the base model: $1,299.

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Michael Sitver

Michael Sitver is a technology insider who has been blogging about technology since 2011. Along the way, he's interviewed founders of innovative startups, and executives from fortune 500 companies, and he's tried dozens or hundreds of gadgets. Michael has also contributed to works featured in Newsday, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the associated press. Michael also occasionally consults, and writes for Seeking Alpha and Yahoo News.

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