Now, I’m not going to come on here and pretend I know what every geek in your life is going to want. But if they are anything like me, there is at least something on here that they do want.
The nice thing is that even if they already have it (or you picked the one thing on this list they actually hate), every item is coming from a store they will be able to return it to and buy something they do want.
Today at a press conference in San Francisco, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced some new hardware that’s sure to be on many kids (and kids of all ages) Christmas lists this year. Among the most anticipated announcements was Apple’s new iPad, dubbed the iPad Mini, a smaller verson of its mega-selling iPad.
The company also announced new, improved iPad, updated iMacs, updated Mac Mini and much more. The biggest announcement, of course, was the ipad Mini. The new, smaller, iPad is only 7.2mm thick, 25% thinner than the larger iPad, and weighs just 0.8lbs.
It comes in black and white models, and it’s screen resolution is 1024 x 768 just like the first iPad and iPad 2, but the screen size is 7.9-inches. 4G LTE support is available for the cellular model, an Apple dual-core A5 processor, a FaceTime HD camera on the front, and 5 megapixel iSight camera on the back with 1080p HD video capture.
It starts at $329 for the Wi-Fi model and goes up from there. Still, not bad for what you get.
That huge and oh so subtle image above is an invitation Apple has recently sent out to press the world over. Apple is having an event on the 12th of September and we wonder what on earth they could possibly be unveiling. Besides of course from the rumored iPod Touch Maxi, or iPad Mini, which ever you prefer.
Usually there is a little bit of a guessing game when ever an expected major Apple product is near, but this is clear. Some one over at the Apple marketing department must have gone on an all day DaVinci Code and National Treasure bender to come up with this brain buster.
Mockery aside, finally getting real news about the iPhone 5 will be welcome. We have been speculating about this mythic beast of mass commercialism for a long time now, and it will be nice to put some of the crazier speculation to rest for a little while.
For those unfamiliar with Apple’s general release strategy, you can expect the iPhone 5 to hit stores within a month or so of the announcement. So if you have visions of being a first adopter to this technology of the gods than you might want to go stake out a spot in front of your local Apple store right now.
Even as Samsung and Apple slug it out in court over who copied who, both companies are moving forward with new hardware. Apple has, of course, the upcoming iPhone 5 and rumored iPad Mini and Samsung has today announced (again), at a press conference in New York, a new 10.1″ Android-powered tablet known as the Galaxy Note 10.1.
If you’re keeping score at home, this is technically the third this device has been introduced, having first been reveleaed, with a slightly different form factor and inferior specs, during Mobile World Congress last February
The new tablet will feature a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 10.1-inch WXGA LCD display, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a front-facing 1.9 megapixel camera, Samsung’s S Pen stylus system and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Not bad. If only it had 1080P. Oh well. It will release on August 16th in the U.S. and cost you $499 for the 16GB model and $549 for the 32GB.
It will be interesting to see how this stacks up against the iPad and the rumored iPad Mini. Our guess is most people will probably stck with the iPad and Apple, but that this may present a viable alternative for some. However, it’s not going to knock the iPad off of the top spot. Not sure anything can do that at this point.
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