What the iPhone has in beautiful maps, it lacks in battery life, altitude tracking, and a host of other outdoor features (like durability). Garmin’s fēnix watch doesn’t have a Retina display, but its little monochrome LCD can track and display your hiking route and altitude changes, and even point the way back to the trail, all while being waterproof and lasting for up to six weeks on a charge.
In Q1 2013, Apple generated their highest quarterly revenue and net income in the company’s history. Their revenue was $54.5 billion compared to $46.3 billion in Q1 2012, an increase of $8.2 billion. Most of this increase in revenue was because of the record iPhone, iPad, and iTunes sales. Apple’s Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $2.65 per share of Apple’s common stock, payable on February 14, 2013.
After Apple’s media event this week, the company posted the full presentation along with the new iPad Mini promotional video. Apple highlights the iPad Mini features as providing “the full iPad experience” despite being a smaller 7.9″ screen display.
Apple has made the iMac even slimmer and more powerful by eliminating every bit of wasted space to make an iMac that is the thinnest yet. The 21.5″ iMac will be available in November starting at $1,299 and the 27″ iMac will be available in December starting at $1,799 at the Apple Store.
Apple updated the Mac Mini with a faster processor, better graphics, and much more. The Mac Mini can now have either a dual-core Intel Core i5 or a quad-core Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor, both of which have Intel HD Graphics 4000, the latest in integrated graphics technology.
Apple added a 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina display in addition to the current 15″ model. The 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina display base model starts out at $1,699 and the higher-end model starts at $1,999. They are both available now for purchase from the Apple Store.
In an odd move, Apple today announced the 4th generation iPad with upgraded internal specs and much faster performance than the now old New iPad. The 4th Gen iPad will include the A6X chip which is almost twice as fast as the previous A5X chip.
As rumors predicted, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage to announce a new version of the iBooks for Apple’s iOS devices. This new app brings enhancements such as support for 3D imaging, embedded video, and multi-touch gestures. Apple also added a new button that allows users to share content via their favorite media social networks like Twitter and Facebook.
It’s a foregone conclusion that the iPad mini will be announced this afternoon, making it a foregone conclusion that Apple fans everywhere have their credit cards out and ready to go. They’ll be happy to know the online Apple Store is “busy updating,” but what will be in there when it comes back up? The iPad mini? New iMacs? A new Mac mini?
This event will likely be familiar to anyone who was around for the unveiling of the iPod nano back in 2005, and will be characterized by three key trends: Apple’s push away from hard disk drives to flash storage, Retina displays, and a move to miniaturization. Various rumors have been kicking around in the weeks leading up to the event, but here are some of the most popular, along with their relative probability.
Apple will be holding their second media event in as many months this Tuesday to unveil the iPad mini, if the copious rumors pan out. So, what can we expect from this new product? And what else may Apple tell us about while they’ve got our attention? We don’t know, but we’ve heard many of ideas, and we’ve rounded them all up here for your convenience.
It’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that we’ll finally be seeing the iPad mini at Apple’s media event, something for which tech pundits have been clamoring pretty much since the original iPad was originally announced. The question is whether consumers want one as badly, and whether Apple has found a way to make them want one.