Today on my Field Trip I got to play with the Mac Book Pro with Retina display at Best Buy and I was impressed with the system, while the extra cost and not so obvious benefit of the Retina display seemed to underwhelmed me.
After looking at the iPad Mini I looked for the Mac Books to see how they were, I didn’t even see any Mac Pro desktops but there was a nice 27″ display sitting there. I skipped over the Mac Airs and found the newer 15″ Mac Book Pro with Retina and I didn’t seem to find any difference between how the display looked with a 15″ Mac Book Pro right next to it. I could see a difference in contrast the Retina seemed to be darker but still easy to use.
As for the upgrade to the system it was very clean, thin and light. It seemed like a system you could just slip in a case and take everywhere you went to have a powerful computer. I also liked how it seems to have no fans or cooling at all. Also the connectors all were located along the back sides of the system making it so no connections would be sticking out in strange places, most PC laptops have USB ports right in front or the power cord on the back, on the Mac Books it was all clean in the back.
The Mac OS was seemed very responsive and loaded programs and switched around fast. I did some testing using the keyboard, it was strange for me because I use an older mechanical keyboard on my desktop when I do most of my typing and a no space plastic keyboard on my older laptop. But the chiclet keys that Apple use are very easy to press but you have to get use to the gaps of aluminum that separate all the keys. I made only 1 or 2 mistakes typing on the keyboard and when I did the OS was able to help me fix the problems very easily in the note application.
While I wasn’t able to test the full power the system was nice and worked well, I liked the quality of the camera built-in and the display was good but I didn’t see any difference. If you are going to buy a Mac Book Pro I may be worth it for the better screen and just the updated system specifications. This makes me want to go Mac but the price is way more than I can afford right now. You can also check out the full specs of these systems on the release article.
We are going to be live blogging the Apple announcement starting 10:00 AM PDT with the video Apple will be putting out. You can follow the video on the Apple Events site, and full information will be avalible here on Tek4.me as details come out. The expected announcements are a New New iPad (4 generation), iPad mini, or maybe an update to the MacBook laptop line, will see what comes out! We don’t like to speculate too much or have unannounced rumors, but do expect everything to be amazing, one more thing, and the best!
Thats all for this Live Blog full information to come stay tune to Tek4.ME for those updates! Thanks for reading along.
iPad mini in hand
Pre-Order Friday October 26 2012 Ships November 2 2012
Wi-Fi iPad min starts at 9 for 16GB
Updated Smart cover for the iPad mini
iPad mini specs: A5 processer, LTE version, Lighting connecter, front and back connecter, 10 hours battery, 7.9″ display, same apps as normal iPad.
Trying to show apps that are optimized for iPad to none updated Android apps not made for tablets, that makers of those apps are responsible for not Apple or Google, kind of a low.
Comparing Nexus 7 with out saying the name to the iPad mini
Updated design that fits in your hand, thin as a pencil 0.68 lb., 7.9 inches, same resolution as iPad
iPad mini is real.
iPad 4th generation with updates Wi-Fi 16GB 9
iPad 4th generation with updated A6X processer, front camera, 10 hours battery, more LTE support, updated Wi-Fi, Lighting connecter
2,500 classrooms using iBooks textbooks, update to iBooks Author download today
100 Million iPads sold 275,000 iPad apps 91% of tablet web traffic
21.5 inch iMac starts at 99, 27 inch iMac starts at 99
Fusion Drive combines both a Flash memory drive and standard hard drive and is managed by the os to keep most used applications on the SSD.
Updated iMac has better anti-glair screen.
MacBook pro 13 on sale today for 89
MacBook Pro 13.3 inch with Retina Display 2560 x 1600 178 degree IPS display
Updated MacBook Pro .75 inch thick 3.5 lb
Macs #1 notebook and desktops in US
Update to iBooks include iCloud sync, new reading mode, and share integration. Free download today from App store
The live video only works on Snowleopard MACs kind of a fail on the part of Apple
They have started by talking some numbers of how good iPhone 5 is selling, and shown some video of people buying the iPhone.
Full updates start at 11 AM MDT when the event starts.
The popular Linux distribution Ubuntu has been updated to version 12.10 today. While most of the update is a roll up of most of the open source applications that are part of the distribution they had added some user interface additions. Users can now create Web Apps for things like Gmail and Facebook that don’t require you to open the web browser then go to the site it just shows up as an item on your launcher or desktop. You can also now search online files and stores for things such as music, photos, and video. This works with Flickr and Google Drive. Finally they have what they call Dash Previews; basically you can play music or apps from Ubuntu One before you buy or install them without having to open any additional applications.
I have the release preview installed on my laptop and all seemed to work good, still have a problem with the Intel graphics drivers not controlling the screen resolution right but that seems to be something that lots of people with different laptops and distributions are having for well over 3 years. But if you run Ubuntu its doesn’t cost anything to update, or if you want to try it out download the DVD image and boot a system without having to change anything and see if you can use it for your computer.