Maccast Members #139 - Apple's iPad Mini Event Recap
V Opening
* Apple held it's latest event yesterday and while it was titled, "We've got a little more to show you" it was obviously a clever play on words as they have a lot to talk about.
* Here's a little recap and my thoughts on what Apple has to show us.
V 13" MacBook Pro Retina
* 13" Macbook Pro #1 selling Mac
V 13" Macbook Pro with Retina Display
* 0.75" thin
* 20% thinner
* 3.5 lbs
* MagS
* Retina Display, 13.3" 2550 X 1600 at 227ppi
* Intel dual-core i5 or i7
* Intel HD 4000 Graphics
* 720p FaceTime HD camera
* up to 7 hours battery
* MagSafe 2, 2 x Thunderbolt, 2x USB 3, HDMI, SDXC card slot, Headphone, dual mics (no audio in)
V Available now
* $1,699 - Dual-core 2.5 GHz i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB Flash
* $1,999 - Dual-core 2.5 GHz i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB Flash
* Great entry level for a retina display notebook and a nice compliment to the 15" Retina Macbook Pro
V $500 more than the base 13" MacBook Pro (non-retrina)
* With the Retina you're getting double the RAM and that display
* You get less storage, 128GB Flash, vs 500GB HDD
* The non-retina also has Gigabit Ethernet, Firewire 800, and a SuperDrive
* But no HDMI port on the non-Retina
V A 13" Macbook Air can be configured with a 2.0GHz dual-core i7 and 8GB of RAM for $1,699.00
* That will double the storage of the Retina Macbook Pro (256GB Flash)
* Air doesn't have Retina, but is same pixel resolution as a 15" Macbook Pro 1440 x 900
* One less Thunderbolt Port and no HDMI port
V Mac mini
V New processors
* Dual-Core Intel i5 at 2.5Ghz
* Quad-core Intel i7 at 2.6GHz
* Updated Intel HD 4000 Graphics
V 500GB or 1TB 5,400 RPM hard drive
* 1TB Fusion Drive option
* 4GB RAM, upgradeable to 16GB (2-slots)
* Gigabit Ethernet, Firewire 800, HDMI, Thunderbolt, 4 x USB 3, SDXC card slot, optical
* 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0
* Available now
* Nice bump up for the Mini which was long over due for an update
V iMac
V Super thin
* edge to edge glass
* 5 mm thin, 80% thinner
* still has chin
* Friction stir welding
* 5 mm thinner display
* laminating display to glass, removes 2mm
* anti-reflective coating, 75% less reflection
* Does round out in the back significantly
* 27" 2560 x 1640, 21" 1920x1080
V Graphics, discreet NVIDA GeForce processors
* 21" NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M or 650M with 512MB of GDDR5 memory
* 27" NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR5 memory or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX graphics processor with 1GB of GDDR5 memory
* 27" can configure up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX with 2GB of GDDR5 memory.
* Removed optical drive
* up to 8 lbs, lighter
V Apple Fusion Drive (Hybrid)
* 128GB flash
* 1TB or 3TB HDD
V It's NOT a RAID.
* Disk Utility will see both the Flash and HHD drives
* OS X Mountain Lion "marries" them at the OS level presenting one drive to the user and apps
* It then watches and moves stuff based on use so the things you use most frequently are on Flash
* Writes are done to fast Flash storage first
V Up 768 GB Flash, up to 3TB hard drive
* 21" 1TB 5,400 RPM HD (standard), config with up to 1TB Fusion Drive
* 27" 1TB 7,200 RPM HD (standard), config with up to 3TB Fusion Drive or 768GB Flash
V 8GB RAM (standard)
* 2 slots in 21" model, up to 16GB RAM
* 4 slots in 27" model, up to 32GB RAM
* FaceTime HD camera
* Gigabit Ethernet, 2x Thunderbolt, 4x USB 3, SDXC Card Slot, Headphone, Dual mics (no audio in)
* 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0
V Pricing
* $1,299 - 21.5" Screen, 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 512MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
* $1,499 - 21.5" Screen, 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 512MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
* $1,799 - 27" Screen, 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 512MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 660M
* $1,999 - 27" Screen, 3.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 675MX
* Ship in November 21" and 27" in December
V I tired to see what it would take to configure a mini with specs (RAM, Processor, etc.) as close to a 27" iMac as possible, and purchasing a 3rd party 27" display, BYOKM, to see if I could save money.
* $1,250 - 2.6GHz Quad-Core i7, 8GB RAM, 1TB (5,400 RPM), Intel HD 4400 GPU, 27" LCD display ($250)
* $1,799 - 2.9GHz Quad-Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD (7,200 RPM), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M with 512MB RAM
* Mini gives you Firewire 800 and HDMI out, but one less Thunderbolt than the new iMac
* Save about $500 bucks, but getting lower quality display and not all in one design, or discreet GPU.
* For another $250 you could add a 1TB Fusion Drive to the Mini, increasing HD performance. Don;t know upgrade pricing for the iMac yet, but would expect it to be similar
V iPad with Retina Display (4th Generation)
V Adds new A6x processor
* 2x CPU and GPU performance
* Quad-core graphics
* ArsTechnica may a good guess at specs and thinks two A6 ARM cores running at 1.5GHz with four PowerVR SGX543 cores running at 500MHz.
* Wider LTE support, seems to be the same or similar to the iPhone 5
* Lightning connector
* Pricing remains the same
* Pre-orders October 26th, on sale November 2nd.
V Should new iPad owners be upset?
* New iPad (3rd gen) has been out for 8 months
* Nice rev for the 4th gen iPad, but nothing earth shattering
* For recent new iPad (3rd generation) purchasers you may want to try Apple's 14-day return window. They've even been know to extend it to 30-days if the iPad is in good condition
V iPad mini
V 7.9" screen
* Extremely narrow bezel
* iOS will detect and reject presses that are holds on the edge
V Width is 5.3" and Apple says you can hold in one hand
* May depend on hand size
* iPhone 5 is 4.87", so hold one hand in landscape and then imagine 0.50" wider
* 1024 x 768 at 163 ppi
* A5 Dual-core processor
* 1.2MP 720p FaceTime HD camera
* 5MP iSight Camera
* LTE Wireless
* Lightning connector
* 802.11 dual band Wi-Fi, LTE Wireless, Bluetooth 4.0
* 10 hour battery life
V All aluminum and glass design.
* White/Silver or Black/Slate
* Chamfered edges like the iPhone 5
* $329 for 16GB, orders start Friday 10/26 and ships November 2nd.
V Conclusions
* Is this a sign that Apple has altered their product release cycles?
* Is Apple returning to more product options? Seems to be more overlap in the Notebook lines especially.