It's time for the main event here in California down at Apple's main event that's sure to bring on a variety of new hardware bits and software updates, including the rumored iPad mini first and foremost. This update to the iPad line will quite likely tie in with either digital media sales or Education with the new handheld smaller-sized iPad coming in with a lower cost than its larger compatriot. This event may well play host to a set of other hardware refreshes as well.
This morning the flood gates appear to have been opened on Apple before their big event, here with the Mac mini refresh getting a bit of a specifications run-down. This Mac mini update will have several different options in the Apple store online, each of them better than the last. Of course just as the Mac mini had in past iterations, there will be a standard edition and a Server edition, just what you need for your home and/or office environment - and they're big (yet still quite small, as you might imagine.)
Apple's online store has been taken down for updating, ahead of today's "little" event, with the expectation that a new iPad mini along with a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display are being added to the virtual shelves. Meanwhile, SlashGear is warming up the liveblog machine, ready to bring you all the details of what's announced as they're revealed.
With an iPad mini, refreshes of several other devices in smaller forms, and an updated software build quite likely in the wings, our [live update feed] (otherwise known as a liveblog) will be running rampant with colors galore. You can tune in on the Apple event starting at 10AM PST on October 23rd (thats Tuesday), and we'll have already started updates earlier in the morning right here in the SlashGear main news feed. This event promises to be a doozy with "We've got a little more to show you" as Apple's chosen tagline - miniature everything!
Welcome to Friday evening, everyone. We're about ready to kick off the weekend, but before we do, let's recap the news from the afternoon. Today we heard that the iPad Mini might mean the end of the iPad 2, and that a jailbreak for the iPhone 5 will coming shortly. We learned today that T-Mobile will be holding a product event on October 29 - the same day that Google and Microsoft are holding events - and that the prices of the rumored Mac Mini and iMac refreshes might be staying the same.
The Apple event on the 23rd of October - next week, that is - is quite likely going to be playing host to more than just the iPad mini: in fact details today suggest that refreshes of both the Mac mini and iMac will be appearing at the event as well. This tip comes from 9to5Mac where they've got sources close to the line saying that three new Mac mini models will be appearing at the same prices the current models are at, that being $599, $799, and $999 - the last being a single server model. New iMac models are also being suggested to keep their pricing scale with $1199, $1499, $1699, and $1999 depending on the size and innards.
The rumored iPad mini is about as real as it gets without actually being real. We know it's coming, but we just don't know when yet. However, it's been recently rumored that a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro would release alongside the iPad mini, but today we're getting word that new Mac mini models will be unveiled during the iPad mini announcement as well.
An imminent refresh of Apple's desktop and mobile Mac line-up adopting Intel's 3rd Gen Core processors is looking increasingly likely, with retailers slashing pricing of existing stock to clear shelves for the newer models. Best Buy has begun offering discounts of up to $200 on its Mac Pro, iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models. The cut price computers come hot on the heels of leaked benchmarks for supposedly Ivy Bridge based MacBooks and Macs, as well as suggestions of USB 3.0 and Retina Display technology in Apple's new notebooks.
Apple Mountain Lion will force many Mac models into legacy status, with no support for the upcoming OS X refresh for numerous pre-2007 MacBooks, MacBook Pros and desktops. The minimum hardware requirements of Mountain Lion - which we previewed comprehensively yesterday - apparently count out multiple models using integrated Intel GPUs, so TUAW's developer source says. That means, if you have a pre-unibody MacBook or the original MacBook Air, there's no Mountain Lion for you.
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has decided to rebrand its new Bluetooth 4.0 standard, which has recently launched on the iPhone 4S and has been available on the latest Mac Mini and MacBook Air. The new naming scheme adds the categories Bluetooth Smart and Bluetooth Smart Ready to help clarify device compatibilities, although it now seems only more confusing.
Apple's Thunderbolt Displays have finally begun shipping, but the company had to post some clarifications as to how the displays can be connected and daisy-chained. Apparently there has been some confusion as to whether the new Thunderbolt-equipped display would connect with existing Cinema Displays via the Mini DisplayPort and how many additional monitors can be linked together.