Okay, this is more a validation than waiting for surprises. If you are like me following on news and media before the Oct 23 event, similar to the September’s event, most of today’s announcements follow what had already been discussed, and here are the run-downs:
(in Cdn$ – finally prices are at par with US)
1) iPad mini 16GB starts at $329, 7.9 ” screen bigger than Google’s Nexus 7″
2) Retina display Mac Book Pro 13″ at $1699, the current generation is still available at $1199
3) New iMac at $1299
4) iPad 4th generation at $499, A6xchip (3rd gen is replaced, but iPad2 is still available $399)
5) Updated Mac mini $599
The most exciting to see I guess is the iMac, it is very thin in comparison to the last generation; however, one must have a need for a desktop to get one. Yes, it is sexy and reasonably price, but $1299 is still a lot of money that sits at home most of the time. Besides, if you work in an office, the last thing you want is to spend your free time in front of another computer, beautiful and gorgeous though.
The iPad mini will probably attract a certain type of people, cause with extra $70, I will definitely get the iPad2 with bigger viewable real estate. iPad2 is still relatively thin and portable and can be carry around comfortably with light-weight cover, so perhaps, the targeted consumer of the mini is woman…?! it will fit better in a LV or Hermés bag, and women have smaller hands too. I can totally see it being marketed as a sexy and luxury tablet with swarovski crystal cover to complete the “look” ?!
As always, I cannot justify the premium to get any of Apple’s computer products, although they all look gorgeous and mesmerizing!