In just a few hours Apple executives will take the stage in San Jose to host a special media event. No one knows for sure what will be announced, but all signs point to a 7in iPad, new iMac range, 13in Retina display MacBook Pro and possibly a new Mac mini.
Bookmark this page and check back here at 4am AEST for a live feed of the event, as we reveal what Apple has in store.
Good morning, everyone! It’s 3.47am and we’re in the office in South Melbourne, composing an email to Apple asking that their media events in future are held four hours later so we don’t have to get up at an ungodly hour! (Just kidding … we love it, really.)
3.52am Macworld’s Jason Snell and Dan Moren are bringing us the Apple event live from the beautiful California Theater in San Jose.
Tim Cook hits the stage right on time.
Tim Cook: Updates: the iPhone 5 up first
The iPhone 5′s a hit with customers. They sold out the first weekend, selling more than 5 million.
Most iPhones ever sold in the opening weekend, and most phones ever sold in an opening weekend.
Video of people waiting in line, store clerks stocking shelves, lovingly wiping cloth to clean up display models…
Some very happy people in the video, receiving the iPhone 5. Maybe a little too happy.
Tim’s reminding us that Apple also released a new iPod nano and a new iPod touch.
Together with the rest of the new iPod line-up, Apple’s already sold over 3 million units.
On to iOS 6. The team works hard to make sure most devices can upgrade to the latest OS. In just after one month, 200 million devices running iOS 6.
Fastest upgrade rate of any software in history, that Apple’s aware of.
So, Apple always makes a point of setting the stage at the beginning of its presentations. Recapping existing products and the like. This is also where most of the disclosures about internal figures, such as 200 million devices running iOS 6, come out — not during analyst calls or in quarterly releases, but in this early session of an Apple event.
Customers have no placed 125 million documents in the cloud in just over the last year.
iMessage, too. Customers have sent 300 billion iMessages in the last year.
And this is Tim Cook’s part of the show, his place as the CEO to set the stage, even as the other portions tend to be done by his lieutenants.
28,000 iMessages per second.
Game Center gets a little love. Over 160 million Game Center accounts.
Shared Photo Streams gets a shout-out too. Launched with iOS 6 a month ago, already shared over 70 million photos.
On to App Store. Last month over 700,000 apps in the App Store; 275,000 iPad apps. These numbers are both growing.
Customers have now downloaded 35 billion apps from the store.
Asymmetric lithium-ion battery technology for max battery life.
Plenty more updated apps on the Mac App Store.
Intel dual-core i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge, Intel HD Graphics 4000, up to 8GB of RAM, up to 768GB of flash, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, up to 7 hours battery life.
Ships with Mountain Lion.
2.5GHz dual-core i5, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of flash. US$1699 in the US.
Starts shipping today.
Environmentally friendly. Energy Star 5.2, EPEAT Gold, arsenic-, mercury-, BFR-, and PVC-free.
Next up is the Mac mini.
“You knew there’d be something called ‘mini’ in this presentation.”
Update is on the inside this time. Dual or quad-core i5 or i7, Intel HD Graphics 4000, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB HD or 256GB of flash.
Starts at 2.5GHz dual-core i5, 4GB, 500GB HDD, US$599.
Server config is 2.3GHz quad-core i7, 4GB of RAM, Two 1TB HD OS X server, US$999.
Start shipping today.
Still the world’s most energy efficient desktop. Just 11W at idle.
One more Mac to tell us about. And that’s the iMac.
iMac: Best all-in-one computer in the industry. #1 desktop model in US.
Started back in 1998. Here’s the Bondi blue model.
Relentlessly innovating. Here’s the evolution. 7 generations of iMac, each better than last.
And here’s the next generation of iMac.
Wow! Extremely thin!
5mm edge; 80% thinner than previous generation. Extends the entire length.
They lovingly call the bottom “the chin.”
Previously, the back and the chin were assembled with laser welding. Instead, they use “friction stir welding” merging molecules to make one piece, super strong and nearly seamless.
No optical drive
Entire display system is 45% thinner. Removed optical drive and re-engineered all components.
Two sizes of display, 21.5-inch and 27-inch. 1920×1080 and 2560×1440, IPS for 178° viewing angle, and 300 nits.
75% less reflection than previous generation.
FaceTime HD camera 720p, dual microphones, stereo system that sounds even better than previous generation, hard to achieve with 40% less volume. Also, 3kg lighter.
Core i5 or Core i7, NVIDIA Kepler graphics, up to 768GB of flash or 3TB HD, up to 32GB RAM
Headphone jack, SD card, 4 USB 3 port, 2 Thunderbolt, GIgabit Ethernet.
Customers can choose a HD if they want, for capacity; others choose flash for maximum performance, up to 3x or 4x faster.
New third option for iMac or Mac mini. The Apple Fusion drive.
128GB of flash storage, with 1TB or 3TB HD. Fused into a single logical volume.
Wow, Apple is getting into hybrid hard drives now with “Fusion drive,” so you get the speed of SSD when you need it but it caches long-term storage on the cheaper hard drive part. OS fits in flash.
“I think we can tell by your excitement you know what this is. This is iPad mini.”
Incredibly thin, beautiful, says Phil.
White with silver or black with slate back.
Same as original iPad/iPad 2: 1024 by 768 in resolution.
Great for FaceTime HD calls, reading, Web surfing, iWork apps, says Phil.
Comparison with Android tablet.
7 inches vs. 7.9 inches.
That’s on the diagonal, but 21.9 square inches for Android tablet; 29.6 square inches for iPad mini. 35% larger.
Lighter and thinner than the Nexus 7. Interesting.
In landscape, remove the noise. The iPad mini is 67% larger for surfing the web.
Dig at Android:
Doesn’t stop there. All those third-party apps for iPad users, over 275,000. They have phone applications stretched up, not tablet apps.
Back to the iPad mini:
Technology inside is as good as an iPad 2 if not better. Dual-core A5 chip.
FaceTime HD camera, better than what’s in iPad 2. 5MP iSight camera on the back side (I think that’s the same as the new iPod touch).
Same LTE capabilities as fourth-generation. Faster Wi-Fi as well, including N at 2.4GHz and 5GHz.
All this technology and capability, with same 10 hours of battery life.
Now off to a video…
Jony Ive starts it off.
Starts with 16GB of memory with Wi-Fi at US$329.
Pre-orders start this Friday. Wi-Fi will ship on November 2nd, to a very large list of countries. 2 weeks later, Wi-Fi + Cellular, first in US, and then around the world.
I have to say I’m a little disappointed that it’s US$329. It’s the cheapest iPad yet but Google and Amazon will have appreciably cheaper products out there.
Told us earlier this year that we’d see some incredibly innovation from Apple across the year.
“We think we’ve kept our promise, and we hope you’ll agree.”
Recapping Mountain Lion and iOS 6.
New iPod nano and iPod touch.
The iPhone 5.
Refreshed entire lineup of notebooks and re-invented the Pro notebook.
And brand new iMac.
Earlier this year, announced third-generation iPad and today replaced it with fourth-generation iPad and added the iPad mini to the iPad family.
Tim would like to thank all the teams at Apple to create everything from today and all year.