Apple Announces New iPad Mini, New iPad, New iMacs and More!

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.

The company also took the wraps off a new, improved 4th generation of the iPad with improved specs, a lightening connector and more. It features the same size and weight as the previous model but has an Apple A6X processor, 720p front-facing FaceTime camera, expanded 4G LTE support for Sprint and other carriers around the world and faster Wi-Fi.

It starts at $499 for the Wi-Fi-only model and $629 for the LTE model. The new iPad will be available in both black and white like the previous model.

The iMac has also been completely redesigned and the new case makes the iMac the thinnest All-in-One PC in the world. The edge around the iMac display is just 5 millimeters thickcand the display is thinner than any previous iMac display. It is also optically bonded, thus removing the 2-millimeter air gap found in prior models.

27- and 21.5-inch models will be available, and the new iMac sheds the optical drive to keep the device as thin as possible. Also included is an HD FaceTime camera and dual microphones.

Intel Ivy Bridge processors are used in the iMac and the device has an optional “Fusion Drive,” which combines a flash drive and a hard disk drive into one single enclosure. OS X Mountain Lion decides in real time which storage medium is appropriate for different types of data and stores it on the appropriate drive.

The new 21.5-inch iMac starts at just $1,299 with a 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, and it will start shipping in November. The 27-inch model starts shipping in December starting at $1,799 with a 2.9GHz quad-core Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive.

Some good stuff there. So, getting a new iPad Mini?

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