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October 23, 2012

Apple iPad Mini Event – Live Blog

Welcome to the redOrbit Apple iPad Mini live blog!  For all those who work and are unable to watch the live stream, I will be providing you with up-to-date coverage as to what Apple has planned for its mini-me version of the iPad, or any other announcements that might come from the event.

Update 10/23/2012 11:15 a.m. (PST)

Thanks for following along on the blog, and good luck getting your hands on the new iPad Mini.

Update 10/23/2012 11:12 a.m. (PST)

As Tim wraps up, here is my quick rundown.  iPad mini is awesome at $329.  The new iMac is even more awesome at $1299.  The new Macbook Retina is great, but a little pricey at $1699.  The Mac Mini is cool at $599.  Amazing products today, and a lot more goodies for Santa to see added to the Christmas lists this year.

Update 10/23/2012 11:11 a.m. (PST)

Cook said Apple launched the incredibly “new iPhone,” not iPhone 5… I see a name change coming.

Update 10/23/2012 11:11 a.m. (PST)

Cook is reminding everyone how earlier this year Apple said great new things would be coming in 2012.

Update 10/23/2012 11:10 a.m. (PST)

Tim is back on stage to wrap things up.

Update 10/23/2012 11:09 a.m. (PST)

Schiller is now showing the TV ad of the iPad mini.

Update 10/23/2012 11:07 a.m. (PST)

Preorder starts this Friday, Wi-Fi versions start shipping next week, Cellular versions start the week after.

Update 10/23/2012 11:07 a.m. (PST)

Starts at $329 with 16 gigabytes of memory.

Update 10/23/2012 11:06 a.m. (PST)

Video is over, everyone seems really pleased with the announcement.

Update 10/23/2012 11:05 a.m. (PST)

The company has designed new “smart covers” for the iPad mini, eliminating the hinge on the side, making it even tighter fitting than the smart covers for the larger iPads.

Update 10/23/2012 11:04 a.m. (PST)

Apple is touting that you can still pick it up and use it with just 1 hand, despite being 7.9 inches.

Update 10/23/2012 11:03 a.m. (PST)

The iPad Mini is so thin looking when you see people holding it in the video.

Update 10/23/2012 11:02 a.m. (PST)

Schiller is now playing a video for everyone showing off the new iPad Mini.

Update 10/23/2012 11:01 a.m. (PST)

The new iPad device has 10 hours of battery life as well.

Update 10/23/2012 11:01 a.m. (PST)

iPad mini has a 5 megapixel camera on the back, and an HD Facetime camera.

Update 10/23/2012 11:00 a.m. (PST)

Phil is ripping the available Android software, showing how clunky it looks compared to the sleeker iOS versions.

Update 10/23/2012 10:59 a.m. (PST)

In landscape mode, the iPad mini is 60% larger in what it displays.

Update 10/23/2012 10:57 a.m. (PST)

Phil is now comparing the iPad with the latest Android tablet device.  The iPad mini has 29 square inches of  display, compared to 21 inches.

Update 10/23/2012 10:56 a.m. (PST)

Schiller hasn’t announced the price point yet.

Update 10/23/2012 10:55 a.m. (PST)

The iPad Mini is 7.9-inches.

Update 10/23/2012 10:54 a.m. (PST)

The iPad mini is as thin as a pencil, and as light as a pad of paper.

Update 10/23/2012 10:53 a.m. (PST)

Schiller says its not just a shrunken down iPad, but a new design.  “Incredibly thin, and beautiful.”

Update 10/23/2012 10:52 a.m (PST)

iPad mini is officially announced.

Update 10/23/2012 10:50 a.m. (PST)

New iPad has the latest iPhone 5 connector, or lightning.  Same price as the previous, starting at $499

Update 10/23/2012 10:49 a.m. (PST)

New iPad is doubled speed and graphics.

Update 10/23/2012 10:48 a.m. (PST)

Apple is announcing its 4th generation iPad!

Update 10/23/2012 10:48 a.m. (PST)

Phil is back up on stage to announce some new “cool stuff.”

Update 10/23/2012 10:47 a.m. (PST)

Almost every company in the fortune 500 is testing or deploying their iPad in their business.

Update 10/23/2012 10:46 a.m. (PST)

Apple is announcing a new version of the iBook Author.

Update 10/23/2012 10:44 a.m. (PST)

iBook Textbooks are available for 80 percent of the U.S. school curriculum.

Update 10/23/2012 10:44 a.m. (PST)

He is explaining how the iPads have been implemented into education.

Update 10/23/2012 10:43 a.m. (PST)

Cook is telling everyone why people love their iPads.

Update 10/23/2012 10:42 a.m. (PST)

91 percent of web traffic from tablets are from iPads.

Update 10/23/2012 10:41 a.m. (PST)

Sold more iPads than HP and Dell sold in PCs.

Update 10/23/2012 10:40 a.m. (PST)

Apple sold its 100th million iPad 2 weeks ago, in just 2 1/2 years.

Update 10/23/2012 10:40 a.m. (PST)

Mac announcements are complete, Cook is back on stage.  Says next, “iPad.”  Here we go.

Update 10/23/2012 10:39 a.m. (PST)

These new iMacs start shipping in December.

Update 10/23/2012 10:38 a.m. (PST)

iMac starts at $1299.  Schiller assured us that if you want an optical drive still, you can buy one as a USB add-on.

Update 10/23/2012 10:38 a.m. (PST)

Fusion Drive is nearly as fast as flash drive.

Update 10/23/2012 10:37 a.m. (PST)

As the computer is being used, the fusion drive figures out what would work better on flash, and what would work better on the hard drive.  This option is really cool.

Update 10/23/2012 10:36 a.m. (PST)

Apple Fusion Drive is an option.  128 gigabytes of flash storage, plus 1 or 3 terabyte harddrive fused together into a logical volume for “faster reads and writes.”  This is built into OS X Mountain Lion.

Update 10/23/2012 10:35 a.m. (PST)

Intel quad-core i5 or i7, up to 760 gigabytes of flash, or 3 terabyte harddrive.

Update 10/23/2012 10:34 a.m. (PST)

75 percent less reflective than previous computer.

Update 10/23/2012 10:32 a.m. (PST)

Removed optical drive.  Uh oh, a lot of people might not like that idea.  No more CDs on the side of the machine.

Update 10/23/2012 10:32 a.m. (PST)

New iMac is 80 percent thinner than the previous model.

Update 10/23/2012 10:31 a.m. (PST)

This computer is seriously thin.  Hard to believe its a computer.

Update 10/23/2012 10:30 a.m. (PST)

New iMac announced, and it is crazy thin!  Edge to Edge glass.

Update 10/23/2012 10:28 a.m. (PST)

Schiller is moving on to the iMac.  Going through the history of the iMac.

Update 10/23/2012 10:27 a.m. (PST)

New Mac Mini has a 500 gigabyte hard drive for just $599.  This baby is loaded.  Most energy efficient desktop, and it starts shipping today.

Update 10/23/2012 10:27 a.m. (PST)

Up next, Mac Mini, Schiller says “You knew there would be something called Mac Mini in this didn’t you.”

Update 10/23/2012 10:26 a.m. (PST)

Keeping the old generation Macbooks.  Keeps many options ranging from $999 to over $2,000

Update 10/23/2012 10:25 a.m. (PST)

Schiller is playing the new Apple ad for the latest Macbook now.  Typical Apple ad.

Update 10/23/2012 10:24 a.m. (PST)

Price starts at $1699… a little above the current Macbooks.  Starts shipping today.

Update 10/23/2012 10:23 a.m. (PST)

This computer is amazing.  Hasn’t announced price yet though.

Update 10/23/2012 10:22 a.m. (PST)

Stereo speakers sound better, Facetime HD camera, intel dual core i5 or i7, faster graphics, 8gbs of memory, all flash storage.

Update 10/23/2012 10:21 a.m. (PST)

“Never been a small notebook that gave pro photographers this kind of capability.” – Schiller

Update 10/23/2012 10:20 a.m. (PST)

New Macbook has 2 million more pixels than an HDTV.

Update 10/23/2012 10:19 a.m. (PST)

Schiller says its a Retina display Mac.  4,096,000 pixels.  More pixels than any competitive 15 or 17 inch notebooks.

Update 10/23/2012 10:18 a.m. (PST)

Lightest Macbook Pro ever, very thin, very light at 3 pounds.

Update 10/23/2012 10:18 a.m. (PST)

It’s official, brand new 13″ Mac Pro.

Update 10/23/2012 10:16 a.m. (PST)

Phil Schiller has taken the stage to talk about Macbooks.  Looks like we are going to have a new Retina display macbook.

Update 10/23/2012 10:14 a.m. (PST)

Talking Mac now.  Mac has outgrown PC market seven times, and has been outgrowing the market for 6  years, Cook says.  Number 1 notebook in U.S.

Update 10/23/2012 10:13 a.m. (PST)

New version of iBooks is available today as a free download in the App store.

Update 10/23/2012 10:13 a.m. (PST)

Apple is announcing a new version of iBooks today.  Including continuous scrolling, and new ways to share on Facebook or Twitter.

Update 10/23/2012 10:12 a.m. (PST)

Cook is talking iBooks now… I’m sensing an iPad mini heavily focused on text books..

Update 10/23/2012 10:11 a.m. (PST)

Apple has paid $6.5 billion to developers for their apps.  That’s a big check.

Update 10/23/2012 10:10 a.m. (PST)

Talking App store now.  Apparently Apple now has 700,000 apps available, 275,000 iPad apps.  Cook says customers have downloaded 35 billion apps from the store.

Update 10/23/2012 10:09 a.m. (PST)

Customers have sent 300 billion iMessages in the last year… woah…

Update 10/23/2012 10:08 a.m. (PST)

Cook has moved on and is talking about the iOS 6 and Mountain Lion integration.  Please, less talk, more device announcement Timmy…

Update 10/23/2012 10:07 a.m. (PST)

Not much to say about the iPod line, so we are moving on to iOS 6.   There are 200 million devices running iOS 6, pretty impressive.

Update 10/23/2012 10:06 a.m. (PST)

Cook is now talking about the latest iPod line launch.

Update 10/23/2012 10:05 a.m. (PST)

So far, the video is simply everyone being really excited about getting their iPhone… and now its over.  Not going to lie, the video was pointless.

Update 10/23/2012 10:03 a.m. (PST)

Cook is playing everyone a video now about the iPhone 5 launch.

Update 10/23/2012 10:02 a.m. (PST)

Tim is starting with iPhone updates…  Says Apple sold more than 5 million units the first weekend.  Most iPhones ever sold in the opening weekend, and most phones sold in an opening weekend.

Update 10/23/2012 10:00 a.m. (PST)

Tim Cook has taken the stage!

Update 10/23/2012 9:58 a.m. (PST)

Apple has asked everyone to turn their phones on silent.  The party is about to begin…

Update 10/23/2012 9:32 a.m. (PST)

Welcome to the live blog!  Event kicks off in less than half an hour.  Stay tuned, as this page refreshes itself with loads of goodies.

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