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iPad mini announcement meta-liveblog

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iPad mini announcement meta-liveblog
After years of rumors or speculation, the day is finally here. The day when Apple is expected to unveil the iPad mini - an iPad with a smaller screen and a cheaper price tag that will try to compete with popular small tablets like the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD.

If you want to follow the event as it unfolds, please feel free to keep track of our liveblog below. We'll be making sure to keep you posted with up-to-the-minute updates, so that you can almost feel as if you're right there at the California Theater in San Jose.

Stay with us, guys and gals, as the event is going to begin at: 10AM PT | 12PM CT | 1PM ET | 7PM Central European.

Images courtesy of The Verge.

Live event tracker

13:15And be sure to stay with us, as we have a lot of interesting content coming right up!
13:15Thanks for being with us, guys! This is Ray, signing off.
13:14And just like that, Tim thanks to all the cool people at Apple for working so hard, and closes the presentation.
13:13
13:11Now Mr. Cook is going through all their announcements this year. It all really sounds quite impressive like that.
13:10
13:10And after a short TV ad for the new iPad mini, Tim Cook, aka The Boss, is back on to close the show.
13:08
13:08As expected, pre-orders are starting October 26, and the device is shipping on November 2 (for the Wi-Fi version).
13:07
13:07And there it is - iPad mini starts at $329.
13:06A full set of Smart Covers will be available for the iPad mini.
13:06Your friendly neighborhood PR, Phil Schiller, is back on stage.
13:05The iPad mini looks veeery hot. Though we have the feeling Apple won't be willing to give it to you for less than $300.
13:02They are rolling a video about the iPad mini now. Yes, Jony Ive is there, in a white room.
13:01The iPad mini gets an A5 processor, LTE, FaceTime HD camera, 5MP iSight camera, Lightning port, and 10-hour battery life.
13:00Phil compares popular apps made for iPad and Android, as you can imagine, iPad's look much better.
12:59Well, this really looks bigger.
12:58"The iPad mini is about 50% larger display area in the browser."
12:58
12:58"Theirs is made of plastic, it's thicker and heavier." Well, he has a point there, but let's hear the price then...
12:57Phil is doing a side-by-side comparison with the Nexus 7. "Let's look at the bezels around the display."
12:56"So it's great for reading your email, surfing the web, managing your photos."
12:55So, it's still a 4:3 display, meaning that all those powerful apps will run on the mini as well.
12:55It's just 7.2 mm thin, weights 0.68 lbs, 7.9" display, with the same resolution as the iPad 2, which is 768 x 1024 pixels.
12:53"So this iPad mini, is just 7.2mm thick. That's about a quarter thinner than the 4th gen iPad. Thinner than a pencil."
12:53
12:53
12:52Good job, Phil! That was a timely update to the iPad. But now here's the iPad mini! And the crowd gives a big round of applause.
12:52The new Lightning connector, comes in black or white, and once again, starts at $499!
12:51The iPad 4 comes with a faster A6X chip, 10-hour battery life, 2X CPU and GPU performance, better camera, better LTE, better Wi-Fi...
12:50Wow, Phil has announced the 4th generation iPad!
12:49But as Tim say that they are just getting started and have some new stuff for us, he invites Phil back to the stage!
12:49It seems about 94% of the Fortune 500 companies are testing or deploying the iPad as their mobile computer solution.
12:48The new iBooks Author is available today. But Tim also mentions that the iPad "is taking the business world by storm too".
12:47They are announcing a new version of iBooks Author, offering some new templates for books, custom fonts, multitouch widgets.
12:46"There are now 2500 classrooms in the US with iBooks textbooks."
12:45Apparently, teachers around the world are quite impressed by the iPad.
12:44"One of the things that is so rewarding is how quickly iPad has been embraced in education."
12:41Interestingly, the iPad's web traffic continues to get higher, compared to that of other tabs...
12:41"We've now sold over 100 million iPads."
12:40Now Tim Cook is back on stage to talk about the iPad! YEAAAH!
12:40The iMacs will be shipping next month.
12:40The 21.5" iMac will cost $1299, while the 27" iMac will set you back with $1799.
12:39
12:39The HDD will be used for the capacity-hungry stuff. Neat!
12:38As well as the bandwidth-hungry apps.
12:38Through software, they will appear as a single drive in the system, but the SSD will be used for the pre-installed software.
12:37Now that's really cool - the new iMac will have a feature called Fusion Drive - it'll have both an SSD and HDD.
12:35

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posted on 23 Oct 2012, 12:01 3

1. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


Lets rock Mr. Cook

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 12:06 2

2. melvineus (Posts: 17; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


Whos excited? Anybody

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 12:22 1

5. plgladio (Posts: 313; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Not excited but have to see what it carry under the hood..

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 12:36 1

8. -box- (Posts: 3879; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Not in the slightest.

Ray does though, but that's expected from Ray.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 12:18 8

3. plgladio (Posts: 313; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


"Mac has been named #1 desktop and #1 notebook in the U.S." By Apple?

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 12:18 6

4. Aeires (unregistered)


#1 Desktop? In what, price?

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 12:25 2

6. shabbir_ene (Posts: 10; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)


Woow new 13 inch MacBook Pro ... Exciting

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 12:25

7. downphoenix (Posts: 2416; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


sad that Apple cant even get their livestream working right. It keeps saying check back soon on their website, even though its going on right now. No amount of refreshing will fix it.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 12:38 2

9. Aeires (unregistered)


Friction stir welding, invented in 1991. New only to Apple, NASA has been using it for some time now.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 12:51 1

10. plgladio (Posts: 313; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Amazing event, they are not bashing any other companies yet.. :P

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 12:59 1

18. Aeires (unregistered)


And it happened, knew it was too good to be true. Had to drag an Android device into the event.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:02

19. plgladio (Posts: 313; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Haha good to compare with a powerful device always, to check your speed

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:03 1

20. Aeires (unregistered)


Comparing it to the iPad full sized would have sufficed.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:09 2

26. Commentator (Posts: 2499; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Typical Apple. They take an Android device, the Nexus 7, and bash it because its screen is smaller than the iPad Mini's. Never mind that this is a completely arbitrary comparison, and there are Android tablets of pretty much every screen size you can think of, up to 13 inches diagonal. But that's how they define "blowing past the competition" I guess...

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:28

35. tgtftw (Posts: 31; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


Well yea, I mean come on its only $130 more than the closest competitor. Makes perfect sense #sarcasm.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 12:51

11. mohamed_noor (Posts: 8; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


I smell things getting cooked up after no jobs. if u know what I mean ;)

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 12:51 1

12. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


iPad 4th gen. Who freakin' saw that coming?

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:10

28. Commentator (Posts: 2499; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Let the crap-storm of outraged comments from people who bought the 3rd gen uh... SEVEN MONTHS AGO begin...

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 12:52 1

13. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)


i dont like Apple just because of two things. 1- very very simple os...i mean come on there should be some complexity and customization
2- EXTREMELY HIGH PRICES of their devices
these r my only two grudges.... NOTHING ELSE!

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 12:56

16. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 242; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Windows 8 is headed in the same direction in terms of OS.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 12:54

14. plgladio (Posts: 313; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Lets see...

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 12:55 1

15. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Wow Apple is really losing it - or just madly sweating under its fake mask of humility - iPad 4 - just 7 months after the previous model! An A6x chip - just a month after the previous version!!

Anyone who bought the iPad 3 feels screwed now lol.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:07

24. techspace (Posts: 779; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


now apple did that to save the bigger ipad's marketshare.........android tablets are announced almost every week, so the people will feel screwed on seeing newer things on any platform

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:19 2

33. Aeires (unregistered)


LOL, AAPL was climbing upward until the Mini prices were announced. Now it's tanking fast.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 12:57 3

17. -box- (Posts: 3879; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Ahahahaha, what an (expected) letdown for apple people. An ipad2mini and an ipodTouchXL. Same old, same old, apple's really lost their way.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:03 2

21. tedkord (Posts: 5278; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


7 inch tablets are DOA, unless you sell a piece of sandpaper with each one to sand your fingers down to a quarter size.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:04 1

22. raunak (Posts: 505; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


apple is clearly afraid of win 8 tablets or they wouldnt have announced a new gen ipad only after 7 months.
nice to see apple acknowledge that win 8 is far better. It also forced them to break their one year cycle.
It is clear that apple is changed now and have become cowardly.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:04 1

23. android1234 (Posts: 106; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)


A5 processor??? Why, thats 2 generations ago, why not the A5x at least if they are upraging the ipad 4 to a6x

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:07 1

25. -box- (Posts: 3879; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


More profit, and leftover components from the ipad2 apparently

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:17 2

32. Aeires (unregistered)


Doubt it, it's more like a planned upgrade pathway to keep repeat buyers. Never buy the first iteration of any Apple product, unless you have no plans whatsoever of upgrading.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:10

27. structureman116 (Posts: 135; Member since: 14 Sep 2010)


Is it me or is the browser display on the Nexus 7 in the browser comparison pics reduced as if you are opening a new window? It looks to me like Apple is using some deceptive trickery to make the Pad Mini's browser appear much larger than it really is compared to the Nexus 7?

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:17

31. plgladio (Posts: 313; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


You will be answered only they both come to user hands for comparsion. Until then no idea..

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:15 1

29. gregoryyy3 (Posts: 181; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


I LOVE APPLE.

android needs to go. it has no shot.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:22

34. structureman116 (Posts: 135; Member since: 14 Sep 2010)


That would be great...the only problem is that us Android users would end up traveling 2+ years back in time by picking up the most recently released Apple gadgets! No thanks!

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 15:25

39. -box- (Posts: 3879; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Only two years?

Thankfully there are other choices. I would suppose that apple would lose more of its share before android would, especially since that's what is already trending.

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:17 4

30. vishu9 (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


Hmm.. so let's see. Do I want a 199$ 7 incher with a great screen and with the best of Android (JB) or do I want a 329$ 7.9 incher with the same resolution and the claustrphobic-no-stretching-your-legs iOS 6 and no Google Maps??... I dunno, real bummer!

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:34 2

37. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1058; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


And you are making a real favor to the iPad mini, actually the Nexus 7 has 1280x800 while the minipad has 1024 x 768.
With the bigger screen the final difference is that 216dpi for the nexus and a quite ridiculous 162 ppi for the iPad mini. Talking about retina...

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 14:24

38. vishu9 (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


Good point.. Wonder what Apple would say about that.. They have always been very vocal and hyped up about their Retina displays on the iPhones and iPad 3.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 00:39

40. bkb01 (Posts: 43; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)


of course the smart choice would be with the device that has the "RETINA-ISH" 162ppi , IOS6 , no googlemaps and priced at 329$$$$.. its a no brainer man:/s

posted on 23 Oct 2012, 13:29 1

36. zvioocge (Posts: 26; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


hahahah
330$? only die-hard apple fanboy would buy this crap

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