Apple had a big “Event” today they announced a updates to the MacBook Pro, iMac, iPad, and a new iPad mini that is smaller iPad with similar specs as the iPad. The new mini has a 7.9 inch diagonal screen with the same 1024 x 768 resolution as the iPad. It runs a slower A5 processor but has the same 10 hour expected battery life, along with a 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera, and the new Lightning connector. It will come in a Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cell version that runs all the normal iPad apps with no special changes to the app. There is both a Black and White version, in 16/32/64GB and you can get a special smart cover that comes in multiple colors.
Check out the gallery and tech spec table below.
|Screen||7.9 inch 1024 x 768 resolution|
|Storage||16, 32, 64 GB|
|Wireless||Dual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GSM or CDMA, LTE,|
|Carriers in USA||AT&T, Sprint, Verizon|
|Colors||Black and White,|
|Camera||5MP back 1080p video, 1.2MP front 720p video|
|Connectors||Lighting, 3.5mm headphone, nano-SIM|
|Battery||10 hours web, 9 hours web on cell data|
|Pre-Order / Ships||October 26 2012 / November 2 2012 for Wi-Fi|
|Price Wi-Fi||16GB $329, 32GB $429, 64GB $529|
|Price Wi-Fi + Cell||16GB $459, 32GB $559, 64GB $659|
RadioShack is now working with Cricket Wireless to offer a set of no contract plans and limited set of phones with the service. Prices range from $25 to $60 a month for service, and the cost of the phones is $39.99 for the feature phone, $149.99 for the Android 2.3 Smartphone. They also have Cricket’s Muve music service included with the smartphone plans. The smartphone plans say they have unlimited data, but get slowed from 3G to 2G after 1 to 2.5GB of data. Check out the table of the plans below.
|Plan Details||$25/mo Feature||$35/mo Feather||$50/mo Smartphone||$60/mo Smartphone|
|Minutes per Month||300||1,000||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Unlimited Muve Music||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Unlimited Data||Yes||Yes||Yes (1GB 3G Speed)||Yes (2.5GB 3G Speed) w/ Tethering|
For people who don’t want a contract and are looking for just a phone or a smartphone with no contract this isn’t too bad of a deal. I looked up my zip code on crickets website and it showed that I was covered and after some research found out that that’s because they are using Sprint’s Network. There was no details on bringing your own device to this service or indication on how many more devices they will be adding to the RadioShack branded wireless service.