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It's Here! The iPad mini (and Some Great Mac Updates)

By October 23, 2012

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iPad MiniApple's press event today fulfilled rumors of a 7-inch iPad Mini. Yes, they've cloned the iPad and shrunk it. Here's the skinny on the new tablets, laptops, and desktops Apple unveiled today.

First, the star of the show: The new, long-awaited, and smaller iPad Mini. It boasts a 7.9-inch screen, which is bigger than competing 7-inch tablets yet should still be usable with just one hand. The iPad Mini is available for preorder on Friday for the Wi-Fi model starting at $329 and two weeks later for $459 for the 3G/4G version.

This is much more than the Google Nexus (starting at $249 for 16GB; 7.8-inches display) and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD ($199 for 16GB; 7.4-inches display). For that price difference, you get Apple's huge collection of apps, which are optimized for the smaller tablet. (All the apps for the 10-inch iPad should fine on the smaller version, without app developers having to make whole new versions.) Personally, I don't see the need for the iPad mini, since I already own an iPad. How many screens does one person need?! But I guess if a 10-inch tablet is too big for you, you'll want a mini.

Among the other announcements:

  • A 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display (their thinnest and lightest yet--weighing in at under 3.6 pounds and measuring 0.75 inches thick). Starts at $1,699.
  • A razor-thin iMac (but who really cares how thin your monitor/all-in-one computer is??) The best part of the new iMac is the hybrid drive, which Apple has to annoyingly brand as their own "Fusion Drive," and the worst part is ditching the optical drive. Yeah, we know CDs and DVDs are so ancient, but people still do use them. Starts at $1,299.
  • An updated Mac mini that's even more miniature and powerful. Starts at $599.

Any of these pique your interest?

For more on these devices, see About's iPad site and Mac site.

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