Yesterday during Apple’s second fall media event, they announced new iPad and Mac products. While neither iOS 6.1 nor 6.0.1 were mentioned during the keynote presentation, the products they revealed are certainly intriguing and noteworthy.
The event started with Tim Cook highlighting certain achievements and discussing updates to both their iBooks app and their iBooks Author tool. Phil Schiller then took the stage to discuss the Mac.
13 inch Retina display MacBook Pro – Retina: a term used to describe a display with such a high pixel density that the average user with 20-20 vision cannot discern individual pixels at an adequate usability and viewing distance. Initially exclusive to the iPhone 4, Apple’s Retina display technology has since been adapted to the iPod touch, iPad and 15-inch MacBook products. With yesterday’s announcement, Apple’s taken another step in the right direction to bridge the gap between their products. Customers can now choose between lower-resolution or Retina displays in either 13-inch or 15-inch models. Other than the obvious difference in display size and configuration options, much of the technology found in the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro was made to work with the cheaper 13-inch variant.
8th Generation 2012 iMac – Apple, as a design company, has taken huge strides in the improvement of their iMac all-in-one desktop over the years. The latest generation offers a new shockingly-thin design that measures 5mm in thickness across the edges of the computer’s display. Unfortunately, unlike the new Retina MacBook Pro, the resolution for the iMac hasn’t changed since the last generation. Also, the hardware has improved and offers more expensive and better performing components than previously and the new iMac now supports up to 32GB of RAM.
Mac Mini – The Mac mini received its typical round of updates, which simply consisted of higher-quality components that offer improved performance. Apple’s Mac mini now supports up to 16GB of RAM and, like the iMac, the USB 2.0 ports were upgraded to USB 3.
Fusion Drive – A completely unexpected, but welcome announcement, the Fusion Drive combines both flash storage and a traditional hard drive to provide the perfect and affordable balance between both speed and capacity. Essentially, the Fusion Drive is really two separate methods of storage (128GB of flash and either a 1TB or 3TB HDD), which is then fused into one single volume through OS X Mountain Lion. Here’s Apple’s explanation of the new option:
With Fusion Drive in your iMac, disk-intensivetasks — from booting up to launching apps to importing photos — are faster and more efficient. That’s because frequently used items are kept at the ready on speedy flash storage, while infrequently accessed items go to the hard drive. The file transfers take place in the background, so you won’t even notice. As the system learns how you work, Fusion Drive makes your Mac experience even better. And you don’t have to do a thing.
Apple didn’t stop with updates to their Mac computers though, they also unveiled an all-new iPad mini tablet and announced the 4th Generation iPad or the iPad 4, which we’ll discuss in a separate post later tonight. Be sure to subscribe to our Jailbreak iOS 6 and 6.0.1, 6.1 UnTethered and JailbreakingiOS6 news feed, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to be swiftly notified when we post on topics pertaining to Apple, Jailbreaking, iOS 6.0.1, iOS 6.1 and new products.