Apple Event Recap

Well, Apple started the ball rolling, and boy what a ball it is! I won't be going into the nitty gritty stuff, just a general recap (and some comments) of the event on the 23rd October.

  1. iPad Mini. The most anticipated product of this event. Coming in at 7.9 inches, with no retina display but a lightning port, with WiFi and 4G LTE versions available, with a starting price point at US$329; the iPad Mini will be a tough competitor for the Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7. A solid product nonetheless, but will it be enough to make a big impact on the 7 inch tablet market? We'll see...
  2. Some tech upgrades on the Mac mini, but not much to see here.
  3. 13 inch MacBook Pro with retina display. This one is a "meh" for me. Pricey for me, and seriously, if you are going to do work for hours using that laptop, I rather plug in a big monitor display instead of straining my eyes at a 13" display. In other words, it's hard to appreciate the glory of retina on a 13" rather on say a 21" iMac display.
  4. iMac. An all new thinner iMac. Aesthetics-wise, great looker. But do you really need that for a desktop computer? I don't see how a thinner iMac can help with saving table space with this new design. And I think some folks still use the optical drive that has virtually disappeared in the latest range of Mac Computers. Thinner and lighter is for mobility IMHO, not so much for a hardware that sits on the desktop all day long. One thing that stood out for me, the fusion drive. An awesome concept that I think is way-ahead of its competitors. Combining the best of Flash Drive and traditional Spinning Hard drive. More details here. I'm really excited about this new technology that Apple has revealed.
  5. iPad Gen 4. Better processor in A6X and lightning port. Not much else.

For more technical specifications, go to the Apple's site. Overall some great moves by Apple. I think the iPad Mini coming in at 7.9 inches will be a beast of a competitor in the 7" tablet market. Lower spec than it's competitors? Yes. A tad pricey? Yes. But you can't argue with the Apple's build quality and ecosystem. And having a quality 5M iSight Camera Shooter and 4G LTE option availability may just tip the balance in it's favor.

How would Google respond? Will they lower the price of the Google Nexus further? Is the rumored Nexus 7 with Cellular capability (with 32GB storage) be enough to compete with the iPad Mini? We'll know this coming 29th October.

Stay tuned!


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