A recap of todays Apple announcement in 5 minutes or less

October 23, 2012

Today Apple announced several new additions to their lineup of devices and software. Up until this point we have been limited to 2 tablet devices for the classroom from Apple. The iPod touch and iPad are no longer alone! Lets take a look at what was announced today from Apple today. Please leave your feedback in the comments section!


iBooks Author 3: (available today)

Ibooks author was released on January 19, 2012 at Apples previous education event. With the new version we have several new templates, new fonts and you can also use your own fonts as well. With the new version you also have the ability to insert mathematical expressions natively. Multitouch widgets are now available which means publishers can push updates faster and easier. It is also worth noting that 80% of US highschool curriculum is available today.

Get your copy of iBooks author today: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ibooks-author/id490152466?ls=1&mt=12

iBooks: (available today)

There was a few updates to iBooks

  • New themes, sepia and night
  • New iCloud integration to save where you left off.
  • The ability to post excerpts to Twitter and Facebook
  • Now available in 40 languages including Japanese, Korean, and Chinese

Get your free copy of iBooks on the Mac Appstore: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id364709193?mt=8


4th generation iPad:


  • Price: $499 Base (16gb Wifi)
  • New A6X Processor
  • Higher quality 720P front facetime camera
  • New Lightning Port

Adapters are also available for Lightning to SD and Lightning to SD



iPad Mini: (Pre-order 26th Wifi Ships on Nov 2nd)


“As thin as a pencil!”

  • Price: $329 Base (Wifi 16gb)
  • Size: 7.9
  • Specs:
  • 7.2mm thick
  • A5 Processor
  • 5 Megapixel
  • iSigh Camera on the back with 1080P
  • 10hr Battery Life




13″ Retina Macbook: (Ships Today)


  • Price: $1,699 for base model (2.5GHz i5, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage)
  • Specs:
  • .75 inches thick
  • 3.5 pounds
  • 7 Hours of battery life
  • MagSafe 2
  • Dual Thunderbolt Ports
  • SD Card Slot
  • HDMI output
  • Dual USB 3.0.


iMacs: (Ships November)


Very thin! (80% Thinner)

Introduced Fusion storage which is 128GB flash storage with 1 TB or 3 TB for storage acting as one single drive.

  • Price: $1299 Base (21.5 inch, 2.7Ghz processor 8Gb RAM, 1 TB HDD)
  • Specs:
  • 720p Facetime camera
  • Core i5 or i7 processors
  • NVIDIA Kepler graphics
  • Up to 768GB of Flash or 3TB HDD, and 32GB of RAM.


Mac Mini: (Ships Today)


  • Price: $599 base model (2.5 Ghz i5, 4GB of RAM, 500 GB Hard drive $599)
  • Four USB 3.0 ports
  • SD card reader
  • HDMI Out
  • Core i5 or i7 ivy Bridge chips, up to 16GB of RAM
  • Up to 1TB HDD or 256GB of SSD.


What are your thoughts on todays announcement?