Apple today lifted the see-through veil from its new line of products. (Based on the accuracy of the pre-event rumors, the company's long-held policy of keeping unreleased products under tight wraps appears to have pretty much gone by the wayside.)
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New and updated products include a fourth generation iPad, the long-awaited iPad mini, a Mac mini, an iMac, and a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.
In addition, Apple also released new versions of iBooks and iBooks Author, a free app for anyone who wants to create Multi-Touch books for the iPad.
The new iPad mini was the center of attention, but Apple also introduced the fourth generation of the larger iPad, with a faster A6X processor that doubles CPU and graphics performance, a Lightning connector, and FaceTime HD with 720p recording and transmission capabilities.
The iPad mini has a 7.9-inch display and internal components that are very similar to the second-generation iPad, including a dual-core A5 processor and a 5 MP iSight camera. The iPad mini is available in LTE and Wi-Fi models.
Perhaps the most important feature of the iPad mini is that the display is exactly the same pixel count and aspect ratio as the non-retina iPads, which means the 250,000+ apps that are currently available for the iPad will run seamlessly on the iPad mini.
Daniel Nations, guide to iPads, has the latest information about the new iPad offerings.