iPad Mini Tops Major Apple Product Introduction: 10 Key News Nuggets

NEWS ANALYSIS: Apple’s event was the venue for several major new product announcements including two new iPad models and a new MacBook Pro as Apple refreshed its product line for the holiday shopping season.

Apple’s special event on Oct. 23 was supposed to be home to an iPad Mini. But over the hour that Apple’s top executives were on stage, it quickly became clear that the company had more up its sleeve than anticipated.

From a fourth-generation iPad to a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, it seems poised to capitalize on the busy holiday-shopping period.

But beyond the glitz and glamour, some key facts from the event might surprise today’s consumers and enterprise users. Apple today stuck a flag in the ground to make clear where it stands on several issues. The company also hinted at where it might be heading with its decisions in the coming years. The event was unusual in that Apple introduced many more products than most observers expected.

The event produced a lot to think about, which makes it a good idea to examine the announcements and the market trends that seem to be developing in Apple’s product line based on the news discussed at Oct. 23 event. Some of the items might just annoy some long-time Apple fans.

Here are the key facts and market developments came out of the Oct. 23 Apple event.

1. Retina is now running on a 13-inch MacBook Pro

Apple’s high-end Retina display is now available on a new 13-inch MacBook Pro. Apple had previously offered Retina display on a 15-inch notebook. According to Apple, the computer, which starts at $1,699, has the second-best screen in the world—behind the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.

2. 100 million iPads have been sold

Just before Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, announced the iPad Mini, his boss Tim Cook announced that the company has sold 100 million iPads since the device’s launch in 2010. Wow.

3. There’s a new, big iPad

Apple is catching the ire of some critics today who are upset that the company has unveiled a fourth-generation iPad to replace the so-called “new iPad” that launched in March. The fourth-generation iPad has the same dimensions and design as its predecessor, but comes with the Lightning adapter and an A6X processor that offers twice the graphics and processing power as its predecessor.

4. There’s a small iPad, too

As expected, Apple has announced the iPad Mini. That device comes with a 7.9-inch screen and the same screen resolution as the first- and second-generation iPads, ensuring proper support for legacy apps. The iPad Mini also comes with a Lightning adapter and new design, and starts at $329.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...