Since I can’t sleep and since I know this is the first place you turn to for Apple news, here’s a wrap-up of today’s announcements.
Pretty much as expected. A seven inch diagonal screen tablet, released in my opinion solely because others are gaining foothold against Apple with tablets this size. Like the “full size” iPad, this is available in 6 configurations – memory of 16, 32 or 64 gig; WiFi only or WiFi plus cellular. Pricing runs from US$329 to US$659. For Hong Kong, pre-orders start this Friday.
I think this would have absolutely killed if it had the Retina display.
This was somewhat unexpected. There had been talk about a newer version with the Lightning connector. Apple also threw in some other tweaks, including a faster processor.
Pricing remains identical to the iPad 3, ranging from US$499 to US$829. Contrary to rumors, the iPad 2 remains available, but just two 16 gig models, now $399 and $529. There will be lots of reconditioned iPad 3’s available for sale. (So, for example a 64 gig WiFi + cellular iPad 3 will run $679.) For Hong Kong, pre-orders start this Friday. Some reconditioned iPad 3’s are already available online for purchase.
Note that if you purchased your iPad 3 in the last 3o days, some Apple stores (no word on HK stores) will allow exchanges for the newer model.
The 13 inch laptop will now have a Retina display option. It comes with a 2.5 GHz Core i5 chip (optional bump to 2.9 GHz Core i7), 8 gig of RAM, and a base of 128 gig (upgradeable at time of purchase only) of flash storage. Base prices are US$1699 and US$1999. Weight is 3.57 pounds. This is immediately available, the HK Apple store shows this as being in stock, though I expect that to change quickly.
I love my 15 inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. Would I down shift to the 13 inch? While I’d appreciate the lighter machine, having the larger screen seems more important to me at the moment.
This is the killer release for me, a real thing of beauty. It is almost insanely thin and while it’s not “Retina display” it’s pretty close. The 21 inch model starts at US$1,299 and the 27 inch model starts at US$1,799. One interesting new thing inside this is what Apple is calling a hybrid fusion drive – a disk drive that’s part physical disk and part SSD, with software that “learns” what apps you use the most and moves those automatically to the SSD.
Of everything Apple released today, this one is the most tempting to me. (However, I’m gonna stick it out with my Windows desktop PC for awhile longer, though maybe at some point swap out my 24 inch monitor for a 27 inch one. I’m in no rush to upgrade to Windows 8.)
The 21.5 inch iMac will be available in November, the 27 inch in December.
So – any of this gear excite you? Who is planning on buying what?