Apple iPad Mini Event: Official Spec Breakdown

Rumours have been put to bed. Apple has finally announced the iPad Mini (among other things). If you missed it,…

Aeryk Pierson


Rumours have been put to bed. Apple has finally announced the iPad Mini (among other things). If you missed it, you can check it out in its entirety here. Now kids, it’s time to start jumping up and down like idiots, shrieking like banshees and wringing your hands. Fanboys do so because everything Apple does is AWE-some. Haters because nothing Apple does lives up to the hype.

Anyone not thusly engaged, let’s have a look at what Apple had to show us.

It was an all hardware show (with the exception of a new iBooks and iBooks Author blurb—both free and available today). The presentation was broken into two areas, the new Macs and new iPads.

The New Macs

13” MacBook Pro

  • .75” thick
  • 3.57 lbs
  • 2 thunderbolt ports
  • 2 USB 3 ports
  • HDMI
  • Retina display 2560 x 1600
  • Facetime HD camera
  • Stereo speakers
  • Dual mics
  • Dual i5 or i7 “Ivy Bridge”
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • 802.11n WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 8GB memory
  • Up to 768 GB Flash storage

The entry level MacBook Pro starts with a 2.5GHz i5 processor, 8GB ram, 128GB SSD storage for $1699. And is shipping today.

Mac mini

  • Dual or Quad “Ivy Bridge” i5 or i7
  • up to 1 TB HDD or 256 GB SSD
  • up to 16GB ram
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Gigabit ethernet port
  • Firewire 800 port
  • HDMI out
  • 4 USB 3 ports
  • SD card slot
  • 802.11n WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.0

The entry level Mac Mini starts with a 2.5GHz i5 processor, 4 GB ram, 500GB HDD storage for $599. And is shipping today.


  • edge is 5mm thick (thicker at leg)
  • Intel quad core i5 or i7 “Ivy Bridge”
  • up to 3TB HDD
  • up to 768GB SSD
  • up to 32GB ram
  • 4 USB 3 ports
  • 2 Thunderbolt ports
  • Gigabit ethernet port
  • SD card slot
  • NVIDA Kepler graphics
  • 802.11n WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Facetime HD camera
  • Dual mic
  • Stereo speakers

The entry level iMac 21.5” starts with a 2.7GHz i5 processor, 8GB ram, GeForce GT 640M graphics, 1TB HDD storage for $1299. It ships in November.

The entry level iMac 27” starts with a 2.9GHz quad core i5 processor, 8GB ram, GeForce GTX 660M, 1TB HDD storage for $1799. It will ship in December.

While presenting the iMac Phil Schiller talked about a new feature called Fusion Drive. It’s not entirely clear how this works, but it is a build to order spec, which has an SSD and an HDD which are both “fused” together where the operating system (OS) is concerned. Over time the OS learns what you use most and will move those things to the SSD for better performance.

The New iPads

iPad with retina display

  • 4th Gen
  • A6X processor
  • Facetime HD camera
  • expanded LTE
  • 802.11n (2.4 + 5GHz)
  • Lightning connector

16GB WiFi starts at $499

16GB WiFi+Celluar $629

This was the most surprising announcement. All the leaks pointed to the iPad mini, but nothing about a new iPad. Anyone who bought the 3rd gen iPad recently, that is just outside the return date, are pretty angry right now.

iPad mini

  • Aluminium and glass construction
  • White with silver back or black with slate back
  • 7.2 mm thin
  • .68 lbs
  • 7.9” diagonal
  • 1024×768 (all software works with mini)
  • Dual-core A5 chip
  • FaceTime HD camera
  • 5 megapixel iSight
  • LTE
  • 802.11n
  • 10 hours battery life
  • Lightning connector
  • New smart cover (no hinges, wraps around iPad mini)

The 16GB WiFi starts at $329. Pre-orders start Oct. 26, shipping November 2 (USA)

The 16GB WiFi+Celluar starts at $459. Pre-orders start Oct. 26, shipping November 16 (USA).

There you have it. In the past couple months Apple has updated their entire line of products, with the exception of the Mac Pros. What’s up with that? Is this a sign that Apple’s putting the screws in the coffin? Likewise, what’s up with iTunes 11? There’s not much time left in October, and Tim did say it would be available in October. It seemed like a signifiant update, worthy of a mention at such an event. Seems curious it was not even said under Tim’s breath. Is it getting pushed back? Hmmmmm.

Regardless of whether or not the upgrades have been revolutionary, it’s been an exciting time with all the changes coming out of Apple. Now it’s your turn to have your say. How does the new line up stack up for you? Have you rushed out to purchase any of the new hardware/software? How has it been working for you? Let us know in the comment section below.