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October 22, 2012

Apple announcement: iPad 4th generation, 7.9-inch iPad mini, 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro, uber-thin iMac, etc

If you are a fan of Apple, there was a big announcement today, Tuesday October 23 2012 at 1pm New York City time. The various technology and gadget blogs covered the event live-blogging-style including CNet and Engadget and The Verge. If you prefer remote video coverage of the event, has meta-coverage live and will have a post-game show during the MacBreak Weekly which will begin by 3pm New York City time. (if you missed the live event, look for it in their Live Specials Archives if reading at a later date).

In a reversal of recent practice, Apple decided to stream the live video of the event through Apple TV and on the Apple website [Safari browser] (via The NeXt Web) Apple does not allow live broadcasting of their events.

Rumors before the announcement talked of an iPad Mini, a beefed up iPad 3, new computers, etc. I don't know if there will be any digital imaging products or software, or iTunes app revealed or updated.

Drinking Game: drink every time Tim Cook and his associates say "beautiful" :-)

Apple Announcements of Potential Photographer Interest
+ details on all the new products at the various technology websites organized at Techmeme
+ iPad Mini with 7.9-inch display with 1024x768 with A5 dual-core chip, 5mp iSight camera, Wifi, LTE, Lightning connector, 10hr battery life, in black or white - compatible with iPad regular size software apps. Prices start at $329 (16GB, Wifi) [32GB for $429, 64GB for $529 with ~90% profit on the memory increase]. Tag-line: every inch an iPad
+ iPad 4th generation [wow! ouch for iPad 3 buyers] with A6X, LTE (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, etc), 2x faster Wifi, Lightning connector, etc - in black or white - same prices as before
+ new 13.3-inch Retina 2560x1600 thinner and lighter MacBook with SD card reader, HDMI, Thunderbolt, USB 3, Core i5/i7, 8GB RAM, 128GB flash storage (presuming SSD?), Intel GPU, Wifi, Bluetooth, Power Nap, etc. Prices start at $1700
+ new Mac Mini starting at $999
+ new super-thin iMac, 5mm thin (80% thinner than previous); 27-inch 2560x1440 with SD card reader, Thunderbolt, USB-3, etc; 128GB Flash (SSD) and Hard Disk (1TB or 3TB) fused into a single logical volume
+ optical drive dissed by Apple dude ("those stuck in the past")
+ new iBooks 3 with "beautiful color pictures" and continuous scrolling and updated iBooks Author

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