Apple Special Event Liveblog (Complete)

9:50 - Good morning everyone, settling in for yet another exciting Apple event
10:02 - Tim Cook arrives on stage
10:03 - Running down sales numbers starting with iPhone 5: More than 5 million units sold in the first weekend, with accompanying promo video
10:06 – Tim Cook back on stage running down iPod Touch and new nano numbers at 3 million combined sold since official launch.
10:07 – 1 month since rolling out iOS 6 is now on 200 million devices
10:08 - Run down of iOS 6 features, iCloud, iMessage, etc.
10:11 – App store rundown with  700,000 apps total 275,000 iPad apps, 35 billion app downloads and total  payout of $ 6.5 billion to developers
10:14 - New version of iBooks announced with   better iCloud integration and includes continuous scrolling. 40 languages are supported now, including Chinese, Korean, and Japanese with appropriate layouts for the respective languages
10:16 – Mac rundown now with Phil Schiller introducing new thinner 13-inch MacBook Pro at 3.5 pounds compared to the previous model
10:18 - New 13 inch MacBook Pro features  MagSafe 2, two thunderbolt ports, USB 3.0, HDMI out, SD card reader and a retina display at 2560×1600 resolution, which is 4x the resolution of the previous generation along with an IPS display for an 178 degree viewing angle, improved contrast ratio, and a 75% reduction in glare compared to the previous model
10:22 - More features include 720p FaceTime HD camera, backlit keyboard, glass multitouch trackpad, Core i5 and Core i7 processors and a claimed 7 hours of battery life with SSD.
10:24 - Base configuration starts with 8GB of RAM, 128GB flash storage for $1700, $500 less than base 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. Starts shipping today
10:26 - New refreshed Mac Mini unveiled with USB 3.0, SD card, HDMI, Firewire 800, Gigabit Ethernet, user removable bottom panel, up to 16GB ram, dual or quad core i5 or i7 processors, up to 256GB flash, starts at $600 for standard 500GB HDD with 1TB for $1000
10:30 – New iMac unveiled with much thinner profile with a claimed 5mm thin edge and new display with fused glass panel to achieve new profile
10:32 -  no optical drive,  21.5 and 27 inch models launching today with ”full lamination design” that leads to a 45% thinner display. 75% less reflection compared to the previous generation, FaceTime HD cam, dual mics, stereo speakers, 8 pounds lighter than the last iMac and features a FaceTime HD camera, an improved microphone setup, up to 3TB of storage, 768GB of SSD as an option Core i5 or i7, four USB 3 ports, up to 32GB of RAM and a new Fusion drive option with 128 GB of flash storage + 1 or 3 TB of hard drive combined into one hard drive
10:38 - Run down of Fusion drive allows OS on the flash drive, while files and apps go on the HDD with apps swapping to flash if frequently used for speed, the 21.5 inch model starts at $1300, and shipping starts in November while the 27-inch starts at $1800 and ships in December, both starting with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB HDD
10:42 –  Rundown of iPad includes 100 millionth iPad sold two weeks ago, more iPads sold last quarter than any individual PC manufacturer sold PCs, iPads comprise a claimed 91% of tablet web traffic, and segues into iPad Mini
10:45 - New version of iBooks Author tailored to education for better customization for electronic textbooks
10:47 - New full-size 4th gen iPad announced with A6X chip and Lightning connector along with improved LTE and new ISP display. New accessories include Lightning to SD card cable, HDMI out and VGA, through Lightning connector and starts at 16GB for $500 with LTE version for $630
10:52 – iPad Mini unveiled: 7.2mm thick,  .68 pounds and is 53% lighter than the fourth-generation iPad with much thinner bezel than standard iPad
10:54 – iPad Mini features a 7.9 inch display at 1024×768, still 162 ppi and lower than the 264 ppi of Retina iPad.
10-58 - Running down comparison between full-size iPad and iPad Mini, iPad Mini will feature LTE and 5.0 megapixel rear iSight camera. Wi-Fi is 802.11 a/b/g/n, with claimed 10 hour battery life.
11:06 -  Montage on iPad Mini: “thinnest, longest single-cell battery Apple has ever designed”
11:07 - iPad Mini starts at $330 for 16GB, add $130 for LTE, Smart Covers available as well.
11:09 -  Both the fourth-gen iPad and iPad mini are available for pre-order this Friday, shipping November 2nd for Wi-Fi version, wioth LTE version orders shipping two weeks later.
11:10 - Apple to continue selling full-size 16GB iPad 2 with iPad Mini slotting below it as new entry-level iPad
11:13 – Rundown of Apple’s entire year before ending. That’s a wrap.

Humberto Saabedra is the Editor-in-Chief of AnimeNews.bizPhoneNews.com and an occasional columnist for Ani.me. He can also be found musing on things at @AnimeNewsdotbiz

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